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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, they are not prepared to learn. Breakfast and lunch are provided at school, but often the students report that they are “still hungry”. The purpose of this grant is to make healthy snacks available to give students the fuel they need to be engaged in the classroom and ready to learn! Many of my students do not maintain a healthy diet so there will also be instruction as to what "healthy" food is and is not.

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Fuel to Burn, Academics to Learn

School:
Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Marilyn Harris 
 
Kelly Sisco 
Students Impacted:
110 
Grade:
K-12 
Date:
September 25, 2015

Investor

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Bright House Networks - $300.00

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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, they are not prepared to learn. Breakfast and lunch are provided at school, but often the students report that they are “still hungry”. The purpose of this grant is to make healthy snacks available to give students the fuel they need to be engaged in the classroom and ready to learn! Many of my students do not maintain a healthy diet so there will also be instruction as to what "healthy" food is and is not.  

 

What will be done with my students

Healthy snacks will be available to students as needed, as well as being available in the School Store. Additionally, healthy snacks will be used for Random Reinforcements, where students who are doing what the teacher has instructed then to do, will be given a snack at a random (unannounced) time to encourage appropriate behavior. Students will be taught about making healthier choices; for example, choosing a 100% fruit juice over a 10% juice drink or choosing a flavored water instead of a sugary soda.  

 

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 healthy snacks available during the day. Since it is hard to focus and concentrate when you are hungry, my hope is that by having these snacks available, the students will be able to maintain their attention, take advantage of the opportunities for learning and be more engaged in the classroom. 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, Specific Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairments and Occupational Therapy.  

 

Budget Narrative

As always, I will take advantage of BOGOS and coupons whenever I can to stretch my grant dollars as far as possible!  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Snacks such as Goldfish, fresh fruit, cheese crackers, granola bars $150.00
2 Drinks such as flavored waters, Gatorade $150.00
  Total: $300.00

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