(221) Teaching suburban poverty

Despite the best of intentions of parents, social workers, teachers, the entire village it takes to raise a child, poverty gets at some children eventually, magnifying all the challenges of growing up.  This particular item, from Denver, Colorado renews the reality for us at suburban-poverty.com in a way that yet another piece about once middle class people demoted to food banks in depressive times would not.  A teacher in a suburb of western Denver undertakes to teach a lesson in what homelessness might be like and discovers she has students already pretty much living it.  Her school board now has a homeless liaison person on its staff and the numbers of families with school age children facing precarious situations in housing and employment there are way up.

Struggling in suburbia

Helping the homeless in school and out

Both items from tolerance.org – a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center