Andrea Teske is a high school English teacher at Insight School of Washington.
Did you know that one in five kids in the state of Washington lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table? Teachers are keenly aware of the impact an empty stomach has on a student trying to learn. When a child is hungry, it is extremely challenging for them to focus on school and pay attention to lessons.
Last week, I hosted an evening event at the West Seattle Public Library for prospective and currently enrolled families K12-powered families. I brought along my eleven-year-old son so he could meet families and understand the importance of giving back to the community. For currently enrolled families, I had a holiday craft set up so families could socialize while making a fox coffee cozy. For prospective families, I answered questions about online learning and the two K12-powered schools in Washington State—Washington Virtual Academy (K-12) and Insight School of Washington (9-12).
We requested families bring one non-perishable food item to donate to Northwest Harvest, a non-profit organization of more than 380 food banks that provides more than two million meals every month! There will be another similar event in Tacoma, Washington this Wednesday, November 16th. It is my hope we will double the number of food items contributed in Seattle. Remember, every item donated helps ensure a youngster has a better shot at success in the classroom!