“I wish I could have been more of a kid,” student Cierra Austin shares in this powerful piece. “I wish I didn’t have to grow up so fast.”
From what we’ve learned from classrooms across the state, poverty impacts a student in a variety of different ways.
From trauma and stress to hunger and safety to simply, basic survival, the burdens of poverty impact a child’s ability to simply be a child. When it comes to matters in the classroom, a students’ home life has the biggest impact on how they perform in the classroom and with additional stressors complicated by their environment, school often times becomes compromised in order to handle matters at home.
In “What I Wished for as a Child,” audiences can see the hardships a student must face to support the family and listening to Austin gives an inside look at the added responsibilities a child in poverty must face.
Poverty: Not a Choice is a special Nebraska Loves Public Schools video series featuring the stories and talent of Nebraska Youth in Poetry. Directed by Patsy Koch Johns, performed by Nebraska students and inspired by true stories of students facing poverty in Nebraska, each segment in this series explores the day-to-day realities faced by public school kids who are living in poverty across the state.