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 the last 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?
Once school ends, so does the free breakfasts and lunches. Students had come to school, having not eaten since the last school lunch.
Once school ends, a structured classroom, which provides friends and learning, disappear.
|How to change these conditions?|
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.