In Tennessee, a teacher shared a Facebook post about her experience when she broke down in tears in front of the entire classroom. It happened when one of the boys asked an innocent question and in doing so, he let the teacher know that he did not have food at home.
It took place on October 2 when a Jacksboro elementary school teacher, Brooke Goins shared the conversation online. The student was talking about food or, more specifically, the fact that he didn’t have any at home.
“Today I cried at work,” she began her lengthy and emotional post. “Not because I hate my job, or that it is just too hard (it really is). Today I cried for a child, a child who so innocently talked about food, and the lack of it.”
“He asked when the lady that puts food in his backpack was coming,” she continued. “It caught me off guard because it is our guidance counselor and I wasn’t sure what he needed.”
Today I cried at work. Not because I hate my job, or that it is just too hard (it really is). Today I cried for a child,…
The teacher told the student it was a short week so she didn’t know if the guidance counselor would be coming. After asking the boy which of the foods he likes the best, asking if it was macaroni, crackers or SpaghettiOs, his answer brought her to tears.
He said that he never had SpaghettiOs at home.
“He looked at me and said, ‘Those little o’s (as he made a small circle with his hand), we don’t have those at my house, but when I do have them they give me a warm belly and help me sleep,'” she recalled the boy telling her.
“I lost it, I cried in front of 20 little people,” Goins added. “No kid should ever be hungry, ever.”
She was so moved by the words of her student that she sent text messages to a number of other teachers. Those teachers chipped in some money and she went out to buy food for the child.
“We put our money together and made sure that this sweet baby had some spaghetti o’s! I did not write this for anyone to get praise, nobody did it for the praise. I want people to know that teachers are humans, we love your kids and want the very best for them. Some days we get frustrated and feel overwhelmed, but today we did what was best for a child. Will it show on a test score? Nope! Do we care? Nope!
Today I’m thankful for all of my people at school, big and little. It takes a village, it really does. It’s a crazy rollercoaster of emotions being a teacher, but today it was worth every tear that fell to see him light up when that bag was put into his backpack! Teachers, keep your heads up YOU ARE making a difference! We are all exhausted, but we push forward each and every day.”
The teacher also explained that they are ‘starting a food pantry for our students’.
“Students will be able to get food whenever needed!” the post concludes. “If you would like to help, we are accepting food donations as well as hygiene products! 164 Jacksboro Elementary School Road, Jacksboro, TN 37757. You can put attention FOOD PANTRY.”
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