Garden update: Everything is looking quite lovely! My nameless spiny plant has blossomed orange AND red flowers now :) My mint and basil are flourishing and my other plants are looking as great as ever.
This week I made barbeque chicken and roasted cauliflower/onions/and carrots for my friend James and I. He really likes tomatoes so I also cut up some fresh tomatoes for him as well. To prepare this dish, I marinated my chicken overnight with Annie's organic bbq sauce, and sprinkled olive oil, pepper and Himalayan salt on my veggies. I then cooked both my chicken and veggies for 25 minutes on a 375 degree heat.
This week I wanted to explore the amount of homeless students in America. I am interested in this topic because I volunteered with the Big Bend Homeless Coalition a little over a year ago and was able to work with homeless students outside of the school system (at the shelter.) The most recent article I could find with figures on students themselves was "The number of Homeless Students Reaches All Time High" from 2014. It this article it says that 1.2 million students are homeless and 76,000 students are living without their own parents. This is recorded to be an 85 percent increase since the 2006-2007 school year. These facts startled and appalled me. Furthermore, this article also discussed that these numbers do not even account for children living in motels or "doubled up" (staying with relatives) as homeless because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development does not consider these students to be homeless. I can see this affecting my future classroom because there will be possibility that I will have students who are homeless. My future students might not have had a place to sleep the night before or a place to shower before school. In my future classroom I will try to help students like this after alerting the appropriate administration by searching out resources and programs that can help with this. For example, making sure these students have access to the papers that will enable them to receive free breakfast/lunch.
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