Guest Blogger – Staci
It’s back to school time here in the Midwest. Millions of children nationwide will begin their first day without many of the necessities needed to be successful. I happen to live in the same neighborhood that I attended grade school through high school. For the past few years, I’ve dropped off a box of school supplies to the grammar school for the kids that are in need. It is my intention to give a kid a chance and to even out the playing field whether or not somebody in their home couldn’t or wouldn’t provide the tools for them sans the shame that accompanies being the only kid without. It’s amazing to me the lack of basic supplies in an environment intended for learning. Here on the south side of Chicago, most kids don’t even get textbooks to take home. Can you imagine that kid that needs just a bit more instruction than can be gathered in the 30 minutes dedicated to a specific subject?
It saddens me knowing the bleak futures that most of these kids face. The most distressing part is that so many have no idea that there is any world outside of this neighborhood, no aspirations, no dreams beyond the end of the day. I’ve seen this neighborhood change numerous times over this past 45 years, but I think this is the worse as many of the young adults have given up, too.
Unemployment is at around 30% in the square mile surrounding my block, and it doesn’t get any better as you move throughout the city. What will happen to these kids? What will happen to all of us if they have no future?
If there is a school in your area that serves underprivileged kids, please pass along a box of school supplies their way. It could mean the difference in a kid trying to hang on one more day and just giving up for a lifetime.
Extreme Liberal’s Note:
I second this idea from Staci, my step-daughter teaches in Greenville, Michigan where the main employer of the city, Electrolux, moved to Mexico a few years ago. She buys supplies out of her own pocket….she’s an art teacher, so as you can imagine it’s not just pens and paper. Great idea Staci.