When a student asked a teacher a question about food, the educator burst into tears. As a teacher in Tennessee, she deals with a lot of difficult situations, but when teacher Brooke Goins realized that one of her students was struggling with hunger, she was horrified. That’s why she broke down in class and revealed the horrible circumstances the child dealt with for all to see on social media.
“Today I cried at work,” Brooke Goins wrote online. “Not because I hate my job, or that it is just too hard (it really is). Today I cried for a child, a child who so innocently talked about food, and the lack of it. He asked when the lady that puts food in his backpack was coming.”
While Goins deals with children from all different backgrounds, it’s the children who suffer and struggle that break her heart. But on her meager teacher’s salary, there is little for her to do but teach them their ABCs and arithmetic.
“He asked when the lady that puts food in his backpack was coming. It caught me off guard because it is our guidance counselor, and I wasn’t sure what he needed. I told him I wasn’t sure about this week since it is a short week. He told me he was out of it at home and needed more. Of course, I asked what was in the bag that he liked so much. I asked if it was the macaroni bowls or the crackers, he said no.”
When the boy revealed the depths of his hunger and the difficulties he faces at home, the teacher could not bear it and broke down into tears.
“I asked if it was the spaghetti O’s. He laughed and told me no that they didn’t have those. Then it happened. He looked at me and said, ‘Those little O’s (as he made a small circle with his hand), we don’t have those at my house. But when I do have them, they give me a warm belly and help me sleep.’”
At this point, Goins could not contain herself any longer.
“I lost it. I cried in front of twenty little people. No kid should ever be hungry, ever. Well, here is where it gets even better. I immediately sent a text to my group. These are the people who are teachers. Remember, hearing people say that we spend all of our money in our classrooms? We spend it to make sure that our kids have what they need to succeed, and today we bought food. Yep. We put our money together and made sure that this sweet baby had some Spaghetti-O’s.”
When Goins sacrificed her salary to feed her hungry students, she proved that the government is failing our children. No teacher, who gets so little in terms of salary, should have to spend their own money. If taxpayer money is not going to help hungry children, what’s the point? No child should be allowed to go hungry in America, the richest country in the world. Right?
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