Thank goodness for people like North Carolina teacher, Julianna Mendelsohn. The fifth grade has raised $130K to feed public school students from low-income families in Ferguson, Missouri until the schools reopen on August 25th.
With all of the tragic happenings around Ferguson since Michael Brown’s untimely death, the school year’s start has been delayed. Many of the public school students who would normally receive free lunch, are left hungry. Mendelsohn decided she would do something about it.
“As the world watches the events unfolding in Ferguson, many people have thought ‘how can I help?'” Mendelsohn wrote on her fundly.com page. “As a public school teacher, my first thought is always about the children involved in any tragic situation like this. When I found out school had been canceled for several days as a result of the civil unrest, I immediately became worried for the students in households with food instability. Many children in the US eat their only meals of the day, breakfast and lunch, at school. With school out, kids are undoubtedly going hungry.”
It’s tough to think about anything else but the protesting and how the people of Ferguson are being treated by authorities. However, life indeed has to go on and there’s a lot of suffering that’s happening in Ferguson because of the unrest there. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Ferguson-Florissant School district is considered high-poverty with 68 percent of the district’s 11,000 students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunches last year. That’s not including those who never filled out the paperwork.
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