This teacher’s viral photo proves we all have ‘baggage’ (and that’s okay)

Oklahoma middle school teacher Karen Wunderlich Loewe is going viral this week after posting about a back-to-school class activity that became one of the most emotional days a teaching career spanning two decades. “I tried a new activity called ‘The Baggage Activity’. I asked the kids what it meant to have baggage and they mostly said it was hurtful stuff you carry around on your shoulders,” she explains in her post. She had each child write down what was bothering them, crumple up their paper and throw it across the room. The crumpled papers are now hanging in a bag by her classroom door, but before the papers were put in the bag the kids each picked one up and read the message to the class. “They picked up a piece of paper and took turns reading out loud what their classmate wrote. After a student read a paper, I asked who wrote that, and if they cared to share,” Loewe wrote. She continues: “Things like suicide, parents in prison, drugs in their family, being left by their parents, death, cancer, losing pets (one said their gerbil died cause it was fat, we giggled

Backpack snacks help fight hunger in our own communities | Education

Thank you for Reading! On your next view you will be asked to log in to your subscriber account or create an account and subscribepurchase a subscription to continue reading. Thank you for Reading! On your next view you will be asked to log in to your subscriber account or create an account and subscribepurchase a subscription to continue reading. ARIZONA — Many of today’s most successful professional rodeo stars finished in the money at several Fourth of July rodeos in the White Mountains, Prescott and Window Rock. Childhood hunger is not only a problem in poor countries around the world. It exists in our local communities. Of the 1,000 students attending Blue Ridge Elementary School, 600 qualify for free or reduced fee breakfast and lunch. Sadly, many of these youngsters have little or nothing to eat between their Friday school lunch and Monday’s school breakfast. The local chapter of the national Backpack Snacks program, aims to make a small but significant difference in the lives of these youngsters. Everyone knows that our youth are the future, and our society faces considerable challenges that these young people will have to help solve. Therefore, it is in all of our inter...