December 15, 2008
Guest-blogging at NYC Educator, teacher Yo, Miss! wonders if she should anonymously help this student’s family:
“When are you putting up your Christmas tree, Stacey?” Tiffany asked. (Not their real names.)
“Oh,” Stacey said softly, “um, I don’t know.”
“I thought we were late!” Tiffany exclaimed. “I guess you’ll probably be later than us.”
“It’s not that,” Stacey said. “My dad said we might not have a Christmas tree this year.”
“Why?” Tiffany asked.
“He says we can’t afford one,” Stacey said. “He only gets paid when he works, and he isn’t getting work, really, right now. Like, one or two days a week only, sometimes.”