How we are learning about homelessness

Students making care pakages

Ken Martin

Toiletries and other supplies on the table.
Photo by Ken Martin

On May 8, my fifth grade class from National Presbyterian School went to the Tenleytown Library as part of our service learning project. There we met a very nice woman and her name was Ms. Badalamenti, a social worker for DC public library. Then we met with Mr. Ken Martin, a Street Sense Media vendor and a former homeless person. We had met Ken before here at our school when we first talked about homelessness.  

At the library, we learned  that in 2015 there were more than 8,000 homeless people in D.C. but in 2017 there were a little over 7,000 homeless people. Then we made care packages for homeless people that included soap, shampoo, mouthwash, lotion, deodorant, conditioner, and a toothbrush and toothpaste. The care packages went to Friendship Place.  

We split into two groups to make those care packages. Then we split into even more groups and Ms. Badalamenti gave us a sheet of paper. On the sheet of paper there was a backpack. We had to write down five things that we would bring with us if we were homeless. We also talked about where homeless people would stay. We give our thanks to the Tenleytown library, Ms. Baladamenti and Ken Martin. Thank for your time! 

Photo of Ms. Badalamenti talking to students.



Issues |Youth

Region |Washington DC

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