|School's out for summer....|
Hard on the students? In what possible way could leaping into summer vacation be difficult? Daylight-filled soccer games with friends? Time to ride bikes through neighborhoods? Eat watermelon?
That is a small percentage of student populations enjoying summer with those activities.
But for the other percentage, summer is horrific.
These students live in small apartments, surrounded by relatives from Mexico. There might be 20+ people sleeping on the floor, with children in corners on a blanket. Postage size green play areas cannot accommodate all the children from those apartments. Green grass is trampled to dirt. Parents take them to a park?
|You gotta be kidding me.|
Once school ends, so does the free breakfasts and lunches. Students came to school, having not eaten since the last school lunch.
Once school ends, structured classrooms, which provides friends and learning, disappear.
Once school ends, students may move back to Mexico or out closer to the produce fields, where they can also pick strawberries, beans, melon, and just about every food product that they cannot have in their house.
|Is reform in the works? Possibly.|
Those students, those precious students have tears in their eyes when they leave the school grounds. And so does the teacher.***
***There are programs that provide free food, clothing, and activities, but not every family can access them. I know you can feel my anger. You probably feel the same.