A teacher in Miami rebuked her top performer for sleeping in class. She later knew that the girl had not eaten anything for about 24-hours.
A first-grade teacher, Rachel Faust, at a school in Miami whose primary population constituted children from low-income families had a story to tell. About 99 percent of the children attending that school are all below the poverty mark.
Rachel is a teacher full of pride for always being positive when teaching noticed something unusual about her 6-year-old student. The student remained with her head down on her desk suggesting that she was asleep. Rachel made up her mind to take her out of the classroom to a hall where they could discuss the problem privately away from other children. The response she received from the girl shocked her.
The young girl opened up and started by apologizing for falling asleep in class. She then revealed that she had a great hunger.
“I am sorry Madam. It is that I am hungry, I took nothing for breakfast and also missed supper. The only meal that keeps me alive is the lunch that I had yesterday.” She openly said to Rachel. Rachel was an excellent teacher, and many of the students liked her so much. So, getting information from them was never a problem as they were free with her.
Rachel never gave up. She decided to use the challenges that her students had to turn everything around. Rachel remained to be positive in her teaching and set many excellent records. She was well aware that she had nothing to do to help the students when they get out of school at the end of the day. Rachel, however, did everything possible when they were in school. She believed that her continuous hard work would finally pay off.
Ellen DeGeneres learned about this great first-grade teacher, and she immediately knew that she had something to do.
Ellen is a comedian and a talk show host whose primary duty is to reach out to the people who make a difference in the society then take them to the show. In many instances, Ellen would give her guests some donation at the end of the talk. When she heard the story of Rachel Faust and her determination, she felt within herself that she was worth coming to the show, and she did exactly that. Rachel didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation.
Rachel’s appearance on the show brought a lot of difference in her teaching career. They engaged in an open conversation with Ellen who made some inquiries about the situation that she was going through at school. The Miami teacher did not shy off from speaking the truth.
She explained how most of the students come from the poor background, and the only meal that they were sure of was the school meal. She shared many problems that the school administration faced at that time. Underpayment of the teachers was another issue that she mentioned in her speech without fear.
Rachel revealed on the show that she had used over one thousand dollars of her own to give the classroom their status.
Everyone else on the show that day was moved by the story of Rachel and her school. After listening to her carefully, Ellen mentioned her collaboration with JC Penney which decided to award Rachel $100,000 check. That would aid in the development of her school and also curb some challenges.
She was more than happy to the charitable kind of work that Ellen did to help children from such poor background get an equal education. In fact, Rachel was so overwhelmed that she shed tears of joy. She could not believe it.
Hunger strike is a problem not only in Rachel’s school in Miami but also across America
Statistics from Feeding America reveals that over 42 million American citizens and striving for survival. The figure comprises of 13 million children and about 5.4 adults who can barely get something to eat on a daily basis. The same statistics show that families with children are more exposed to hunger than those with n children.
Children from families that are invaded with poverty mainly depend on the lunch program at school and with nothing to eat when they get home. Some of them go a whole weekend without food, which is very unfortunate. That alone has made some schools to offer some programs that allow the children to go back for meals even during their summer holidays.
It is inspiring to hear that people like Rachel and Ellen are doing their best to keep learning environment very conducive to most of the children. Maybe you can tell us what is in your mind concerning the hunger situation in schools and America at large. Leave us a comment.