PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – With the first day of school around the corner, 1 in 5 Valley students won’t be prepared with new clothes or classroom supplies.
“They do not have the funds; the money is not there,” said Brenda Nelson, the founder of Academy of Excellence.
Nearly half of the students at Nelson’s school come from low-income families. To spare themselves embarrassment, Nelson says some kids choose to stay home and miss out on important learning in the process.
“If some students are a little embarrassed to ask, they’ve missed out on a lot of instruction and can you imagine that one day adds up to 10 days, 30 days and then by the end of the year, that Einstein has missed 180 days,” said Nelson.
“Oh it’s a lot of pressure,” LaTasha Lassiter, a mother of three kids, said.