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Despite Strike, West Virginia Teachers Are Making Sure Low-Income Students Get Food

Support for the teachers has come from all over the country.


Teachers in West Virginia went on strike this week to fight for better pay, but they haven’t forgotten about their students. Despite being in the middle of protests, the teachers handed out food to low-income students to ensure that  they never go unfed while the school’s doors are closed.

“A lot of our students depend on school breakfast and lunch as some of their most consistent meals,” Jennifer Wood, from the West Virginia American Federation of Teachers, said in an interview with Today. “Our teachers wouldn’t feel comfortable if their students weren’t taken care of.”

According to West Virginia residents, the extra support didn’t just come from educators alone:

Mary Ann Claytor, a candidate for West Virginia Senate District 17, noted that this isn’t a new practice for the state’s teachers. She also pleaded with current legislators to do more to help the hungry children of West Virginia.

Teachers are striking because they have yet to receive their promised five percent pay raise. The raise was agreed upon by teachers and the state, but the deal hasn’t been fully approved by the state legislature, partially due to provisions calling for better medical benefits for public school teachers.