For Teachers Who Notice These Things and Make Sure Their Students Are Fed.
We are your children's teachers. We know that we may have more time with your child than you do.
We don't want them to be hungry, and not just because a hungry child can't learn but because we care about them. Hungry feels scary.
Almost every teacher I know has a cabinet in their classroom with emergency food for their hungry students. This is the cabinet I share with another teacher, Julie Mack . Children come into our classroom everyday telling us they are hungry. Many more never say a word because they are embarrassed and it is up to us to notice that they are distracted, tired, grumpy. Skilled and compassionate teachers learn to ask if there is food in the house and when was the last time you ate? And the really skilled teachers just know when to make an extra sandwich, grab an orange, make a bag of popcorn or bowl of oatmeal, and set it in front of a student and tell them to eat.
And YES, that is a jar of peanut butter. It has not been a problem.
Credits : Katherine Gibson Howton
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