Thank You @sesamestreet
for addressing the issues that many children face and/or witness everyday!!! Issues that can be hard and even uncomfortable for parents, caregivers, and educators to discuss with young children.
The other night walking downtown we passed by people sitting and sleeping on the sidewalks with blankets and their belongings. Lulu asked me why they were there and I reminded her that some people do not have homes to go to every night. After pondering this she asked me if I thought they were sad, (Yes...Some of them may be), if they were cold, (Yes...It does get cold at night) and why couldn't people just help them by opening up their doors and letting them into their homes. (Some people do, but if only it was this simple Lulu!)😔
We will continue our discussion on homelessness through children's literature and great shows such as Sesame Street!
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Lily, a fuchsia #Muppet
with a mop of hair, green eyelids and a lavender nose, debuted on @sesamestreet
7 years ago. Shy and soft-spoken, she explained to #Elmo
that her family did not have enough to eat. Now, Lily will reappear for the first time, as someone who is homeless. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces #SesameStreet
, realized that the issue — 2.5 million children nationally are homeless — needed attention, said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop. In New York City, where Sesame Street is set, one out of every 10 students was homeless during the past school year. On Sesame Street, “homeless” is never uttered because of the stigma surrounding the word; on the show, “H” stands for hope, help, healing and home. @jonahmarkowitz
took this photo of Lily and the puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Ruolph on set in Queens, New York. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
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