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My parents have always stressed too me to be thankful for what I haveThey often tell me to be hardworking and not take the things I have forgranted I have always agreed but never completely understood I havevolunteered before to help less fortunate but have always done simplethings like gathering food or cloths for them during the Holidays Goingon a community connections field trip has been an eye opening experiencebecause I didnt just donate can foods to the homeless but I really gotto see who they are their back round how they live what they eat andthe day by day struggle they have to face to get back on their feet Myfavorite part about it was learning about the kids I have always loved being around kids playing with them and making themlaugh so it was hard for me to learn that the kids at the shelter arenot doing very well academically A lot of the kids at the shelter havebeen there for a long period of time and many of them aredevelopmentally delayed Most of these young kids and teenagers havegone through things that a typical child or young adult would not gothrough Many of the kids are worried about what they can eat and wherethey will stay the night not about homework or assignments Whenvolunteering at the center I hung up posters that the kindergarten andfirst grade kids made about where they live their dreams and favoritecolors I learned that many of the kids had trouble even saying thesethings let alone writing themTo me and many others its not a question whether I will be attendingschool Many homeless children face unique barriers to education Thesebarriers include being unable to meet enrollment requirements such asproviding proof of an address or that they have a guardian Not having ahome a bus cant be provided to you so they dont have transportationThese kids dont have school supplies and many of them dont have cleanor any cloths
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