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US Before they went on strike, West Virginia teachers packed bags to make sure kids didn't go hungry

10:06  27 february  2018
10:06  27 february  2018 Source:   cnn.com

West Virginia teachers strike: State officials consider injunction

  West Virginia teachers strike: State officials consider injunction After a tense weekend without talks, West Virginia's public school teachers resumed their strike on Monday -- closing schools for a third day -- and state officials said they may consider an injunction to stop the walkout. Teachers and school service employees first hit the picket lines Thursday in all of the state's 55 counties to demand better pay and benefits. West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine said local superintendents met on Sunday to discuss the work stoppage and the possibility of legal action, which could involve an injunction.

Teachers in West Virginia are striking for higher wages and better benefits, but not at the expense of hungry But the kids are still eating. " Before they made the decision to strike they wanted to make sure their Packed lunches at Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston, West Virginia . Read More.

Before they went on strike , West Virginia teachers packed bags to make sure kids didn ' t go hungry . United Mine Workers of America President Cecil E. Roberts also spoke, telling the rally that "workers who stand united will never be defeated." Roberts said West Virginia 's children would say

Students and teachers packing lunches at Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston, West Virginia © John Leonard Students and teachers packing lunches at Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston, West Virginia

Teachers in West Virginia are striking for higher wages and better benefits, but not at the expense of hungry students.

In West Virginia almost one in four children are in poverty. For many of them, free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches are their main meals of the day. Some schools even run Friday pantry programs to feed students through the weekend.

The teachers' strike closed all the state's public schools beginning last week. But the kids are still eating.

"Before they made the decision to strike they wanted to make sure their students' needs were taken care of," said Jennifer Wood, with the American Federation of Teachers union in West Virginia.

West Virginia teachers strike to close schools for another day

  West Virginia teachers strike to close schools for another day West Virginia's teachers earn an average of $45,000, well below the national average of $58,000 . The striking teachers were offered a 2 percent pay increase this year -- the first one in three years --  followed by a 1 percent increase over the next two years.But Gov. Jim Justice was jeered when he said the state can't afford anything more. Lindsey Dolan, a mother of two, is concerned that low pay means that the best teachers go elsewhere."We need to have qualified teachers. They need to be well compensated and they need to be qualified to teach our children," Dolan said.

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West Virginia teachers packed lunches for their needy students before going on strike . Teachers are on strike in all 55 West Virginia counties and rallied outside the state capitol on Monday. West Virginia teacher Kevin Green wants to make sure that none of his students go hungry just because

Packed lunches at Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston, West Virginia © John Leonard Packed lunches at Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston, West Virginia Teachers, staffers and volunteers gathered Wednesday at schools packing bags with meals to get students through the expected two-day strike.

But the strike stretched into Monday, and the teachers mobilized again. They are continuing to take time away from the picket line to make sure their students eat.

With the children not in school to pick up the meals, families are being directed toward makeshift distribution points. Some families are finding striking teachers on their doorstep with boxes of food.

"Our students rely on us for more than just education, so we are trying to help them during this time," said Kevin Green, who teaches social studies at Riverview High School. "We want to continue to show our love for our kids, even when we can't be there because we are fighting for our rights."

Local food banks, churches and nonprofits have been working with organizers to help provide the student meals. Many are now asking the public to help restock their pantry shelves.

Striking teachers go out of their way to make sure students have food .
As teachers prepared to strike in West Virginia, they also prepared to feed their students who rely on free breakfast and lunch for many of their meals.When teachers at Beckley Elementary in West Virginia considered going on strike, they worried their students would go to bed hungry. About 300 of the school's 430 students rely on the free breakfast and lunch programs and a closed school meant many would have rumbling bellies.

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