My students live in an urban area surrounded by cement, cars, factories, liquor stores, and old buildings. They come from low-income families, and many don't travel out of our mid-sized city. My students are mostly Hispanic, but also African-American and Caucasian.
Most of their parents did not attend college or even complete high school, but they want the best for their children.
They are just trying to get by, supporting their kids in the ways they know how. They count on the school to educate their children and provide them with experiences that will help them do better in life.
If you have children who have gone to school, you know that one of the supplies teachers ask for is disinfectant wipes. I do this too, but I rarely get more than one or two parents who have the resources to send this supply in.
Classrooms are filthy places!
I teach kids to clean weekly by organizing their desks and then wiping the tops and sides - even their chairs - with a wipe. This keeps the dirt at bay and helps destroy those germs that travel so easily in a confined classroom.
Instilling a routine of cleaning will help them in their own homes as well - teaching them how to be responsible for their own surroundings.
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