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Re: Morning Rehearsals and Free/Reduced Breakfast
I spent a long time in title one schools. I didnít find the directors comments that out of line. The fact is, without seeing the financials, they could afford milk and cereal. It is reasonable to expect a kid to eat at home. And if they donít have electricity, then maybe something that doesnít need refrigerated. I am sure you could find the one case if you look hard enough but 99.9 percent of kids in band can afford cereal.
And no, Iím not rude or lacking compassion. I had great kids who worked hard and I loved them dearly. But part of my job was to teach them to be ready for not only music but life. The hard reality, donít rely on others rather make your own future.
Well, first of all you don't know for a fact that ALL the families have money for Corn Flakes and a gallon of milk. Maybe most do but unless you have access to every single family's financial info and expenses you don't know.
I think it was an uncalled for comment for you to make and you would have been called on the carpet at my Title 1 school. People can figure things out in Title 1 schools if you treat them with respect and dignity. We are around 90% low socioeconomic here and our kids and parents pool resources and we are able to have extra rehearsals outside of school. These are KIDS. They have little control over their home life and situation.
Maybe another solution is to have rehearsals in the evenings instead of mornings? And if you say transportation is a problem, I've had that issue in the past and was able to either get the school to run an activity bus or arrange car pools. Or if you really are limited to having morning rehearsals, have a fund raiser use some activity money and you buy the gallon of milk and box of Corn Flakes and take 10 minutes of your band rehearsal and let them eat breakfast.
Title 1 schools are hard to work in. They are not for everyone. You have to be resourceful and patient. Those who can't don't belong in front of those kids. They need to find a middle or upper middle class community.