Lesson of the Day: ‘A Shower Bus Helps Those Without Access’

Lesson of the Day: ‘A Shower Bus Helps Those Without Access’

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Featured Article: “A Shower Bus Helps Those Without Access” by Emma Grillo

Three days a week, a bus equipped with showers drives around several neighborhoods in Brooklyn. New Yorkers without regular access are provided with free showers as well as personal hygiene products, gloves and masks.

In this lesson, you will learn about how the shower bus operates. Then, you will discuss or write about a cause that you care about.

How does your city or community help people in need? What services are available to help people who need food, housing, child care or transportation?

For example, is there a bus service for people who use wheelchairs? Is there a food pantry or community fridge for those who need food?

Make a list of all of the services in your community that provide assistance to those who need it.

Here are eight words you’ll find in this article that you may not know:

1. affiliate
2. shell
3. hygiene
4. operate
5. client
6. sanitize
7. dignity
8. chief operating officer

The article also uses the abbreviation P.P.E., which stands for personal protective equipment.

Which words are you familiar with? Which ones are new to you?

Go to Vocabulary.com to learn what each word means and to practice using them.

Read the article below, or follow along in the PDF, then answer the following questions:

1. What is the purpose of the Brooklyn Community Services’ shower bus? Do you know of any services like this in your community?

2. How was the bus transformed from a shuttle to a shower bus?

3. What are some of the things that volunteers do on the bus?

4. How do the showers work? How do staff members ensure the showers are clean and safe to use?

5. How many showers does the bus provide each week?

6. According to Jodi Querbach, the chief operating officer of Brooklyn Community Services, what is the significance of the shower bus in people’s lives?

What makes your neighborhood or community important to you? How do people show up for each other?

Now ask yourself, what are the needs of people in my community? Do residents in my area have enough food? Shelter? Child care? Transportation? Safe places to exercise or play sports? What other needs can you identify?

Finally, visit our related Picture Prompt and answer the questions below:

Do you ever donate time or money to a cause you care about? If you don’t, would you like to? If so, what cause might you choose, and why?

You can share your answers with your class, or post your responses to share with other students around the world via the comments section.

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