I teach in a school with a 41% free and reduced lunch rate in a neighborhood north of Seattle. I was curious how much money that meant a month: a family of four grosses $3,600. These numbers are set nationally and I know our area has a higher cost of living. All of this to say there isn't much disposable income here.
I wonder what will happen each time we charge for field trips and special events. Once I had a pizza lunch where we charged a few dollars and many students came without funds.
This year, I ordered planners for my students. I should have considered the cost and asked more questions last spring. When they arrived I created an order form that had a box marked "Scholarship Request." Only four of twenty-three received scholarships. That's better than what I thought our statistics would bear.
One child who I expected to request a scholarship brought in enough money for two. Her mom wanted to provide a scholarship for another child.
This is typical of the families I work with: many struggle financially, but they are generous. They know what it means to be in need.