Did you know that 19% of high school graduates are unable to read? That 13 million students attend school hungry every single day? That nearly half of all students in the United States are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program? Or how about that 42% of schools don't have access to computers or laptops? Students across the country are being held back by lack of opportunity due to insufficient funding out of their control.
When people hear the phrase "basic necessities," products such as soap, hand sanitizer, or water may come to mind. However, in our school systems, the ability to read, write, or have access to adequate curriculum can be considered some of the most basic of necessities for success. A list of basic necessities may start with soap, but it certainly doesn't end there.