Most shocking aspect of Liz's childhood

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Apr 2, 2015, 10:15:09 AM4/2/15
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There are plenty of atrocious aspects to Liz's childhood - the hunger so painful she ate Chap Stick and toothpaste, the lice she had for month

the stopped-up, putrid-smelling bathroom and consequent lack of personal hygiene, the sleep deprivation, watching her parents use drugs 

daily,being left alone with a child molester, the HIV-positive blood splattered on the kitchen walls and counters, even their pack of Wonder bread, 

etc. Was there an aspect you were most taken aback by?

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gledoux1967

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Apr 2, 2015, 2:02:58 PM4/2/15
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Terrible how many kids today are neglected.

Alicia Brooks

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Apr 2, 2015, 2:06:04 PM4/2/15
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Gives me nightmares to think children really do live in these conditions. 

Chambers County Reads

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Apr 2, 2015, 2:09:01 PM4/2/15
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Yes, I am excited to continue reading about how she pulled herself out of this situation. 

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Apr 2, 2015, 2:11:20 PM4/2/15
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Yes, Alicia... I have come across a few students with bad situations (not as bad as Liz Murray's), but I struggle with knowing how I can help them. 

mrs.kellierogers

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Apr 2, 2015, 2:27:10 PM4/2/15
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As I read this book, it makes me more conscious about the stories of my students outside of school. Sometimes we forget that school is a safe place and that they enjoy being here because they do not have struggles to survive on the same level that they do in their personal lives. I hope by learning about Liz Murray that I will be more conscious of the whole child as I focus on helping them become better readers!

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Apr 2, 2015, 3:13:56 PM4/2/15
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Yes, Kellie! I find that these children look to us (teachers, coaches, etc.) for reassurance and as role models. I'd like to learn about more local resources to help children in need. In a case like Liz's, besides reporting to Child Protective Services, what can we do to help?

mrs.kellierogers

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Apr 6, 2015, 7:30:36 PM4/6/15
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I've been thinking a lot about that question Lisa. I am becoming more aware of the mindset of some of my students who seemed a lot more adult than typical kids their age. I know that school is sometimes not an important part of their day because survival is in the forefront of their minds. I am very proud of our school for meeting some of these needs they have such as Betty backpacks on the weekends, counseling services, and mentors from throughout the community. I think we are headed in the right direction.
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