(Training Empathy: Role Play) Poverty simulation builds empathy for struggling Alabama public school students

A group of Alabama educators in our area want to be sure they understand their students’ lives outside of school in order to provide them the best experiences inside the classroom. That’s why Chambers County, Lanett City, and Roanoke City School Systems recently joined together for a poverty simulation.

Alabama Possible, the advocacy group that sponsored the simulation, says that more than 900,000 Alabama residents live in poverty.  That makes taking care of basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter a struggle.  The need for survival often affects a child’s performance in school.