POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 1:18pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 4:25am
El Paso, TX — Last year, more than 500 children were housed in emergency shelters. That's all according to the Center Against Family Violence and this holiday season they're receiving helo from some 4th grade kids. One shoe box at a time.
On Tuesday, Schuster Elementary students are learning so much more than math. We asked 4th grader, Younity Sandoval why her class is donating items. "Because they need stuff like us when they don't have a lot of things," Younity Sandoval explains.
They're stuffing shoe boxes full of essential school items. Another 4th grader, Zavier Reyes, adds, "Some kids don't go to school because they don't have the supplies so we're giving them supplies for school."
The school supplies will go to El Paso's Center Against Family Violence, an organization currently collecting, pencils, pens, backpacks, among other things. These supplies will go to kids affected by domestic violence. And Tuesday's lesson, is not just a lesson in charity.
"We get the view that within in education we're always practicing for tests, but we're not. And those skills that we use on tests are also skills that they use in real life," Susan Cole, a Math Coach, says.
These real life skills will help the students add more to their lives by enriching other lives. The Center Against Family Violence tells us children who leave under highly traumatic experiences often leave with very little. The contribution from these 4th graders will help establish a routine for the children in need to get enrolled in school and start learning, just like these 4th graders are doing.
"So they can grow up to be a good person," Zavier Reyes says.