Teacher Sends Hungry First Graders Home With Backpacks Full Of Food

Tanya’s comments: This is truly sharing the wealth. Despite what Conservatives say, is it really a bad thing?

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Marvin Callahan, a first grade teacher at public school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has started a program to send backpacks full of food home with some of his students on the weekends after witnessing widespread hunger. Teacher Sends Hungry First Graders Home With Backpacks Full Of Food

When he started the job 21 years ago, he said he had no idea how many families were struggling to feed their children or keep a roof over their heads.

New Mexico has the highest rate of child hunger in the country, with nearly a third of children going to bed hungry, although the problem is widespread enough that three-quarters of the country’s teachers say students routinely show up to school hungry.

In response to the problem, Callahan and other members of the community send 37 children home with backpacks full of food each weekend: two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. As Carolyn Gregoire of the Huffington Post reports, “Retired teachers come in…

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Children Are Being Pinned Down & Isolated By Staff in Schools…And It’s Legal

I just read this article from Propublica.org and am stunned:

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Oklahoma Schools Need Adequate Tornado Shelters, Says Petition

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Rachel Maddow reported recently on her cable news show that the town of Moore has an unacceptably low number of tornado shelters for it residents. Even public elementary schools were without adequate places for children to go for safety during the powerful tornadoes that ripped through the town last month. A petition has begun recently on Change.org to address the problem.

The petition, entitled “Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma State Legislature: Enact Legislation to Ensure OK Schools have Adequate Tornado Shelters” says:

“As many as 24 little children at an elementary school in Moore may have lost their lives because there has never been the money to build secure storm shelters for them. All schools should be able to accommodate all students and faculty, if not below ground, then in some area of the building constructed specifically to withstand 200 mph winds.”

If you’d like to sign this petition, go to Change.org.