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July 23, 2018

Back-To-School: Confidence in the Classroom for Homeless Students

For most students, back-to-school time means dreading getting up early, worrying about having the same lunchtime as their BFF or some other stress that seems trivial to most adults.

For homeless students, stress carries grown-up weight: food insecurity, shelter, clothing.

The goal of our Back to Basics Campaign is to help our youngest residents focus on typical student concerns like pop quizzes, not poverty. Through this campaign, we will provide each of our children with a new pair of shoes and new clothing for the school year.

Education not Embarrassment

“I hate school. Everybody picked on me because of my gear. They said my mama didn’t care about me because she didn’t buy me clothes or shoes.”

It tore us apart to hear the anguish in her voice and to know the playground taunts and misinformed opinions of her peers had found a home in her heart. Children don’t choose to be born poor. They are truly bystanders of their family’s financial position. No child’s classroom experience should be derailed by what their parents may or may not be able to provide.

Help our students focus on their education today by making a donation towards our Back to Basics Campaign. A contribution of $250 will provide new shoes and a week’s worth of clothing for each student at My Sister’s Place. New shoes and clothing that the children will be able to pick out themselves. Shoes and clothing that didn’t have a previous owner. Firsts for many of our children.

While new shoes and clothing may seem like a little thing, they are a HUGE deal for homeless students. If they are not worried about being picked on because of their attire, they are able to focus in the classroom. Good grades and a good education are the foundation to a brighter future.

Other Ways To Help

There are other supplies that our children will need to back-to-school besides clothing and shoes. We are also in need of the following items:

  • Book bags for teenage boys and girls
  • College-ruled notebook paper
  • Blue and black ink pens
  • Pink Pearl Erasers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Dividers
  • 1″, 2″ and 3″ notebooks
  • Scientific calculator
  • Dry erase markers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Plastic, 2 pocket-folders (no prongs, sturdy)
  • 2 pocket-folders with prongs
  • Composition books
  • Washable markers

These items are gratefully accepted at the shelter (2480 Martin Luther King Blvd., Unit 4; Gainesville, GA 30501) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday and Fridays.

July 23, 2018