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Poverty amid COVID fuels students’ desire to help


Jessica A.  Johnson, Columnist

As the autumn 2020 semester ended, my English Composition students at Ohio State University’s Lima campus shared their research projects with their peers through Zoom symposiums. Poverty was one of the most popular subjects chosen for analysis.

During week three of the semester, back in September, Frontline released a documentary titled “Growing Up Poor in America” with a specific focus on children from three Ohio families. The film became the primary source for students writing about poverty and opened their eyes to the suffering that is close to home for all of us in the Buckeye state.

One student mentioned during her presentation that she cried during several parts of the documentary while listening to the heartbreaking personal stories of kids only a few years younger than her.


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