A Moment of Realization
There was a moment before we launched our kayaks during our kayak adventure exercise, when their summer program administrator took us aside to ask for water-bottles, after explaining that several of the students simply did not have access to the reusable bottles we listed on the supplies sheet.
Another student showed up wearing his only pair of “outdoor” shoes— a brand new, gifted pair of Jordans— that he was expected to make last for the duration of the school year. When Sam recovered an extra pair of water shoes from his car, the child was visibly relieved. Without those shoes he would have chosen to sit out of the exercise, missing a rare opportunity to access a state park and enjoy an outdoor adventure.