Binghamton teachers and staff participate in a poverty training simulation

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Binghamton teachers and staff learned more about an unfortunate reality for many local families today.

City School District educators used superintendent’s day to take part in a poverty simulation.

During the exercise, teachers role-play a family living in poverty for a month.

They deal with different scenarios such as a family member losing their job or being incarcerated.

To make sure the family is provided for, they have to try and access various community resources and social services. 

Binghamton Schools Response to Intervention Coordinator Jill Coleman says the activity sensitizes participants to what those living in poverty have to deal with. “It really helps teachers change their mindsets when they’re working with the children because they see hear and understand what these kids are going through. We’re trying to give them assessments, we’re trying to give them work to do but their mind may be on is there any dinner at home tonight.”

After the simulation, participants discussed what they learned and brainstormed ideas to help make a change. 

According to the Southern Tier Homeless Coalition over 17% of households in Broome County live in poverty.

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