The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH) has long believed that an education is one of the ways a child growing up in poverty can break the cycle as an adult. Today, due to COVID-19, many school districts are taking part in remote learning. MCH knows how important it is for these students to have a place to study at home and it begins with having a desk.
In August, A Bed for Every Child began to hear from many of our partnering schools that their students were in need of a desk. Many students were using their bed or the floor to study with one student even settling for an ironing board. To answer the need, MCH launched, A Desk for Every Child with a goal of getting as many desks out as possible to these students in need.
We have designed a desk to fit in a small area, and still offer a student room to have a tablet or laptop, notebooks, and books. Our team is building and delivering the wooden desks straight to the family’s doorstep to ensure each student in need can create an environment conducive to learning at home, no matter their household income.
“Over the last four years, I have had the honor and privilege to be the liaison in the Springfield area for the A Bed for Every Child Initiative through the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH).
Through our collaborations, over 150 children in Springfield have benefitted from this generous initiative to ensure that they receive a good night’s rest. Some of my most memorable experiences with families occurred in early 2018, during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, when Springfield received an influx of families from Puerto Rico.Many families came here with little to no personal items.
With the help of A Bed for Every Child, families found relief to some of their anxieties during an incredibly difficult time. The Springfield Public Schools is grateful to have the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless as a valuable partner in supporting our student’s needs outside of the classroom these last four years.”
Stephanie Sanabria, City Connects Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Center