Problem? (A Little Off Topic)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
I'm feeling a little funny about it, but I'm not sure there is anything wrong. Gwen (10 year old granddaughter I transport to/from school) goes to an afterschool program two days a week called The Homework Club. She really likes it. She has fun. She gets her homework, or alternatively, if she has little homework, she reads. There are adults there and older students who can help her if she needs help. She likes the way they help her more than the way I help, her granddad helps, than her parents help. I've blogged before that she struggles academically sometimes, but I think The Homework Club, which is a free program offered by her church in a building beside her elementary school, has really helped her. She made the A-B Honor Roll this last grade period.
So what is my concern? This program is mostly for low-income students. I know about not making low-income students feel bad by making them feel different, but this is a situation where the child who has enough (not affluent, but plenty) doesn't want to be different from the other kids. Today they gave her a beautiful bookbag and matching lunch box with white fluffy pompoms and reversible sequins pink/blue and it says "Stay Magical". It has a big sequin "G" on it and she is the only student in the Club whose name starts with G. She loves the set. The price tags were still on it. About $55. My heavens, we don't need charity. But I don't want to deprive her of the help or the treasures or make her feel different. Perhaps what I can do is give a big donation to her church. What do you think?
More on topic: I'm feeling motivated today to live healthy. I had a couple rough days, but I'm doing better. Will weigh tomorrow and go forward whatever the feedback.