My students attend an elementary school in a low-income neighborhood. They are part of a dual language program and are learning English and Spanish simultaneously.
One of the joys of teaching is getting to know my students and their families. However, with that joy also comes some sorrow. Recently one of my students lost her father. Her family just moved to New York last year and he was the sole "breadwinner" of their household. Her father suffered an aneurysm which forced him into a coma. While in that condition he suffered a heart attack and he was gone.
This family is not only completely devastated, but they are struggling beyond words. My student, her high school aged sister and their mother were forced to move into a shelter which does not offer the best or most secure living conditions. They do not have any close relatives who can take them in. The shelter is three bus rides away from their schools, so while the girls are at school their mother stays in our parent lounge, sometimes sleeping with her head on the table from exhaustion, until it's time to go home. She wants her daughters to have some sense of normalcy so they endure the long bus rides in order to stay in their current schools.
To say that this is heartbreaking isn't enough...their mother is doing all that she can, but sometimes finds herself unable to provide food or necessary clothing for her daughters. My colleagues and I try to help with what we can, but even that falls short. I am trying to raise these funds to at least alleviate some of their burden while my student's mom gathers herself from this grief and gets back on her feet.
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