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Fourth Grade Students Support Union County Homeless Shelter photo

Fourth Grade Students Support Union County Homeless Shelter

The students in 4th grade at Porter Ridge Elementary School recently finished a reading unit on Social Issues.  As a part of this unit, the students learned about real social issues that people in the world face, such as racism, gender bias, and homelessness.  Several of the mini-lessons in reading were taught using the book, Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting.  In this story, Andrew and his dad are homeless and living in a airport.  As a culminating event the 4th grade teachers, Mrs. Little, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Timberlake, and Mrs. Turner decided to help their students understand homelessness a little better by teaching them about some of the basic needs of people in homeless situations.  All of the students helped to bring in toiletry items for hygiene kits that could be distributed to the homeless. Items such as bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes were packed into bags.   The students included a note of encouragement in each kit as well.   

 

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Porter Ridge Students Reach out to Australia! photo

Porter Ridge Students Reach out to Australia!

 Once Porter Ridge Elementary students learned help was needed for the koalas that were injured in the South Australian bushfires, they went to work. After obtaining mitten patterns from the International Fund for Animal Welfare [IFAW], the students cut out dozens of pairs of mittens for koalas whose injuries needed protection!

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