The Stir's Valerie Williams writes in response to the photo:
"As a parent who is able to afford all of the things my kids need to start school, my heart aches for those who cannot. It's tough enough being a parent and feeling guilt over every little deficiency without also knowing you are sending your child to school without the supplies they need to learn — and that there's nothing you can do about it."
Recently, the New York Times released an eye-opening report revealing just how many students really need the help...
The New York Times reports that "about 84,000 homeless students attended school in New York City during the 2013 school year, up 25 percent since 2010, according to the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness" (ICPH).
And because they many do not live in shelters, "they often miss the benefits of backpack drives and other fund-raisers aimed at low-income families," Linda Bazerjian of ICPH told the publication.
Moreover, the New York Times says that as school district budgets tighten, schools turn to parents "to pay for what may have been basic classroom items during their childhood. As the income inequality gap has widened, that has placed an extra burden on many families that are already struggling."
So as students pour into class this September, we think the efforts of this crossing guard teach a particularly important lesson — for others to give what they can — just in time for school.
(H/T: The Stir)