Ms. Brown’s Epic Bike Trip: One Florida Teacher Quits Her Job to Ride 4,000 Miles for a Good Cause
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“If you don’t have the basics of food and shelter, you can’t hope to attain the higher things,” Brown told The Gainesville Sun. “Their sense of self-worth kind of changes.”
So Brown put her teaching career on hold to instead first build awareness around these basics.
“Tackling and adjusting the affordable housing cause is something that has to come first in order to help (low-income students) achieve,” Brown told The Independent Florida Alligator.
Along the way, the group is building houses and giving presentations about affordable housing.
Brown stops often to talk about her students and their need for stable housing to build a foundation for their academics.
“When you have kids that needs aren’t being met at home, whether hunger or homelessness, then it’s that much harder to teach them in the classroom,” Brown told the Alligator.
Brown is a graduate of University of Florida, where the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies reports that for every 100 extremely low-income households in Florida, there are just 31 affordable, available rental units.
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