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Many of the students at Calvin Hunsinger School experience poverty, academic and behavioral struggles, mental health issues and a variety of other stressors, such as single parent families or living with a relative. Frequently, my students come to school hungry and as a result, are not prepared to learn. They are provided breakfast and lunch at school, but often report that they are “still hungry”. The purpose of this grant is to make fruit available to provide them with the energy they need to be engaged in the classroom and ready to learn! Because many of my students are impoverished, fresh fruit may not be available due to the cost. Many of my students do not maintain a healthy diet so they will be encouraged to make healthy choices, such as fruit, whenever possible.

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Orange You Glad We Have Fresh Fruit?

School:
Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Marilyn Harris 
 
Kelly Sisco 
Students Impacted:
120 
Grade:
K-12 
Date:
October 14, 2016

0% Funded

 

 

Only $500.00 Needed

 

 

Goal

Many of the students at Calvin Hunsinger School experience poverty, academic and behavioral struggles, mental health issues and a variety of other stressors, such as single parent families or living with a relative. Frequently, my students come to school hungry and as a result, are not prepared to learn. They are provided breakfast and lunch at school, but often report that they are “still hungry”. The purpose of this grant is to make fruit available to provide them with the energy they need to be engaged in the classroom and ready to learn! Because many of my students are impoverished, fresh fruit may not be available due to the cost. Many of my students do not maintain a healthy diet so they will be encouraged to make healthy choices, such as fruit, whenever possible.  

 

What will be done with my students

Fresh fruit will be available to students as needed, as well as being available in the School Store. Students will be taught about making healthier choices; for example, choosing fruit as a snack instead of something like chips or cookies. The grant will also give my students the opportunity to try fruits they may never have had before, such as kiwi or fresh pineapple. 

 

Benefits to my students

Many of my students are dealing with poverty and family and community issues. As a result, they are often hungry. Basic food needs are met at school through the breakfast and lunch programs. In addition, I would like to make fruit available during the day. Since it is hard to focus and concentrate when you are hungry, my hope is that by having fruit available, the students will be better able to maintain their attention, take advantage of the opportunities for learning and be more engaged in school. Additionally, students who are not hungry are more effective in non school settings such as going to a job or participating in community activities such as sports. 

 

Describe the Students

Many of my students are economically disadvantaged, demonstrate low academic performance, experience behavioral difficulties and mental health issues, and a significant number live in single parent families or with other guardians (i.e. grandparents, group or foster home). The majority of my students are on free lunch (over 90%) and my school is one that is receiving Universal Free Lunch. Hunsinger is a Title One School. All of my students receive Exceptional Education Services (ESE) including services for students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Other Health Impaired, Specific Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairments and Occupational Therapy.  

 

Budget Narrative

I am asking for more money than I have in previous grants because fresh fruit is expensive. As always, I will take advantage of BOGOS, coupons and sales whenever I can to stretch my grant dollars as far as possible!  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Fresh fruit (i.e. pineapple, oranges, apples, grapes, bananas etc.) $500.00
  Total: $500.00

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Only $500.00 Needed

 

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