My students consist of 180 sixth-graders with a wide range of abilities and talents. Some of my students have autism, some have specific learning disabilities, some have emotional disabilities, some are gifted, and some are English Language Learners.
My classroom is like a kaleidoscope.
I have students from an array of backgrounds and experiences. Many of my students receive free or reduced-price lunch. I have students who speak only Mandarin, Portuguese, or Spanish at home. Each student is unique and special to me.
Many of my students do not have enough food to eat even though the majority of them receive free or reduced lunch. Middle school is a major growing time in students lives. Having sufficient and nutritious food can sometimes be difficult.
I have started a program with my lunch class to eliminate food waste while providing additional food to those in need.
Students place unwanted food, such as fruits and milk, into my basket before leaving the cafeteria. Other students who want the food are able to take it.
Students are constantly coming to my room looking for food. I have yet to have a day go by in which there was any food left at the end of the day.
Now it's time to have this program utilized across all of 6th grade. I want to provide each 6th-grade teacher with a basket to collect food in, so every student will have the opportunity to have a full stomach while reducing food waste.
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