The North Central Missouri College Teacher Education program partnered with the Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri helped facilitate a poverty simulation for faculty and staff of the Hamilton R-II School District on Friday, February 26 at Penney High School. Approximately 38 candidates from NCMC’s Teacher Education Program participated in the event.
Brandi Pittman of the Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri stated “We were pleased with the great turnout of the faculty at the Hamilton School District, as well as volunteers from NCMC who helped conduct the Poverty Simulation. This was a great opportunity for Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri and NCMC’s Teacher Education Program to come together and better understand the poverty that exists around us.”
Johannah Baugher, NCMC Teacher Education Instructor and sponsor for the Teacher Education Program stated “Participating in this event provided our teacher candidates with an opportunity to see the impact of poverty on many different levels, within varying family structures. Greater empathy was fostered as a result of participating in the poverty simulation.”