19 Nov Poverty and the Child’s Brain
– Sherri Rush, CFO
Back when life was a lot different for my family, I was a Kids Hope mentor to a little girl who was living in severe poverty. I remember trying to encourage her to think bigger than her small, sad world, and I asked her if she’d thought about what she’d do after she graduated from high school. She answered, “I guess I’ll just go home.”
Wow. That has always stuck with me as I’ve moved along in my career, and it has come up again as we work to tackle the child poverty rate in Grant County. Little ones living in poverty actually have lower brain development. Their brains are literally smaller than the brains of children who grow up in non-impoverished homes. Children living in poverty will hear (and subsequently learn) 30 million fewer words than children who grow up in educated, professional families. (John Peirce, Childhood Development Consultant) One in three children in Grant County lives in poverty. One in three.
What do we do about this? We must begin teaching these little ones earlier than kindergarten, when the brain’s learning capacity is at its highest. There are great leaders in the community beginning this good work, but you can still help. You may donate to the Community Foundation’s Community Impact Fund and your donation will receive a dollar-for-dollar match right now. It’s very easy to do!
- Donate online using a debit or credit card or your PayPal account:
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- Mail or drop off a check or cash:
505 West Third Street, Marion IN 46952
- Donate stock, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, or life insurance:
Call or visit Dawn Brown or me at (765)662-0065 for more information
- Direct your annual IRA/Retirement disbursement to the Community Foundation.
Read the Chronicle-Tribune’s article about the call to action to end childhood poverty in Grant County by clicking here.