Why My Students Hide Their Backpacks

Today’s guest blogger is Sheri Dominguez, Media Specialist at Palmview Elementary School in Pompano Beach, Florida.

When the final bell rings at Palmview Elementary, some of my students make one stop before heading home – the bushes outside of school.

That is where they hide their backpacks for the night.

Because they have so few belongings, they take this precaution to keep their books safe. Their living situations aren’t stable. They don’t always know where they will sleep that night.

Books mean everything to our students. They carry books everywhere they go, even asking their teachers if they can skip recess so they can read.

At school, our kids feel secure. They have a quiet place to learn and explore the safety found in the pages of books. And because of First Book, we can provide them with books to treasure.

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