It's 10:40 on a Tuesday morning and an audible rumble come from the belly of my 15-year-old student. “Miss,” she says to me, “Ya got anything to eat?” From my locker I bring out a granola bar and pass it to the girl. I have learned the power of healthy snacks to keep my kids concentrating, and to keep them from acting out. These youngsters rarely are able to grab breakfast and come to school hungry, but I cannot always afford to purchase these healthy snacks from my own pocket. That hunger often becomes a distraction to the student, and an empty belly gets in the way of the daily lesson. My students struggle to pay attention in class when they are hungry.
I am a homeroom teacher for a self contained special education classroom.
I teach my students standard assessment math, English, Global Studies, and Life Science in a curriculum modified for their academic delays. We are located in a high-need public school in NYC. Most students in my school qualify for free lunch. These students are challenged by learning disabilities as well as emotional disturbance; but instead of just giving in--my kids rise to the occasion and strive for the pride and security a high school diploma can bring! These young adults work hard to make more of themselves and conquer their academics!
Before the brain can function on all cylinders it must be fed! My proposal includes requests for peanuts to provide protein, water and fruit juices to promote a healthy lifestyle within the classroom and without. I selected several different kinds of granola bars to suit all the taste buds in my class. As a treat, Twix and cookies for special occasions. If you feed the body, you’ll feed the mind and keep the student learning until lunch time.
If you've never gone hungry, It's hard to understand what it feels like to haven't eaten.
What is learning Biology when a student's stomach is hollow? These poverty-level students are always hungry and not always able to get meals at home or their foster homes, their teenage bodies are rapidly growing and requiring fuel. Help my students learn, by taking care of their rumbling bellies.
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