My students need tampons to use at school and to take home. They need to feel clean and secure during classes and after-school sports.
Most of my students come from from the Excelsior and Bayview-Hunters Point Districts in San Francisco. Since the 1960s, the Bayview-Hunters Point community has been cited as a significant example of marginalization. It remains "one of the most economically disadvantaged areas of San Francisco". Root causes include a working-class populace historically segregated to the outskirts of the city, high levels of industrial pollution, the closure of industry, and loss of infrastructure. The results have been high rates of unemployment, poverty, disease, and crime. In the 1980s, the Excelsior neighborhood became predominantly Latino with the arrival of refugees from Central American wars and immigrants from Mexico.
These students are so resilient and bright, but sometimes they aren't able to focus in class because they experience tremendous amounts of trauma and stress.
I work in the Health and Wellness Center, and I am a Community Health Outreach Worker. I often see students struggle with stress, trauma, illness, and depression due to things happening in their homes and in their communities. I am committed to providing a safe, clean, and comfortable space for all students.
My students get nervous asking, but if they know its available, hygiene products would help them tremendously. Sometimes, my students can't take a shower or afford tampons. These products change not only a students hygiene but their confidence. Feeling fresh is a game changer. Some girls find that using a slender size, applicator-style tampon makes it easier to insert tampons at first. (An applicator with a rounded top can be especially helpful for beginners.)
Some low-income students often stay home when menstruating due to the cost of pads and tampons.
When students are on their period, they can sometimes feel nervous or irritable because they are concerned about "leaking". Fear of period leakage prevents students from being able to focus in class and that can overall impact educational outcomes. Without shame and fear, students have more opportunity to be successful in school, which is always a plus.
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|Tampax Assorted Radiant Tampons, 84 Count (91145317) • Quill.com||$17.84||6||$107.04|
|Tampax Pearl Regular Unscented Tampons, 18/Bx • Quill.com||$8.58||6||$51.48|
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