One way to have teachers and students get off to a good start and ensure that kids start the school year right is to have teachers tour student neighborhoods to give school supplies.
Behind Hudson Elementary, teachers viewed the neighborhood from inside the school bus. “This place is a nice contrast,” said fifth grade teacher Marissa Montano. “You’ve got the Sea-Doos over there, and look at this across the street. It’s condemned. And then you wonder if someone is living in there. I’m sure there might be.”
A few blocks further, the bus stopped in front of some homes where children played in the front.
Within a few minutes, parents and kids came to meet the teachers and take advantage of the free school supplies. There is a great need in this community.
Principal Tracy Graziaplene wanted the faculty to see where the children live who attend the Pasco County school. It’s very easy to drive to school and enter the classroom and then leave without seeing the area. “We need to be more engaged in our community in order for the community to be more engaged in school,” said Graziaplene.