There are about 15 million children living below the poverty line in the U.S. However, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty, even that large number greatly underestimates how many families struggle to make ends meet. As a result, there are likely twice as many children, or 43 percent, living in low-income families where even basic necessities can be a challenge to afford.
What’s more, researchers have discovered that poverty is the biggest threat to children’s well-being. Therefore, teachers who see these children every day can make a big difference in their school experience and overall well-being. And for them, a little can often go a long way.