Impact of Poverty by Riley

According to, over 50 million people in the United States live and grow up in poverty. More than 30 million children in the U.S. are growing up in poverty.

One major area where poverty impacts children is education. This impacts every aspect of a child’s life. For example in one low-income community, there is one book, for every 300 children. Imagine 300 kids sharing one book. They would not be able to read or learn. Most children that live in poverty are more likely to skip school or drop out of school in order to work to provide for their other family members. School drop-out rates from ages 15 to 26 have tremendously since 2010 because of how fast poverty is growing in the United States. Almost Over 40% of children that live in poverty aren’t prepared for primary schooling and to go on to middle school and high x school. By the end of fourth grade, low-incomes students are 2 years behind. By their senior year in high school, they are almost four years behind their peers in school learning.

Another major impact of poverty is access to adequate quality. At public schools, when your family is below the poverty line, your family gets free lunch. The reason why the family is allowed to qualify free lunch is because they don’t have enough for everything and the school allows that to happen, the percentage of freed school lunches has gone up tremendously compared to 2005 to now. The actual poverty rate in public schools in America is 22%. Reduced or free lunches in public schools is often used as a proxy measure for the students living in poverty. The percentage is growing fast. The national school lunch program provided meals for 30 million children each day in school in 2012. A student from a household with an income at or below 130 percent of the poverty income threshold is eligible for free lunch.


3 thoughts on “Impact of Poverty by Riley

  1. I really like how you showed the numbers and charts of everything you explained. However, I did notice some issues with grammar and missing words. Overall, you did a really great job explaining poverty in America!


  2. Dear Riley,
    I loved how you expressed the percentages about the poverty rate and the education. I however feel that I would understand more if you included actual schools for an example not just the percentage nationally. This writing piece reminds me about how poverty can be such a terrible thing to experience. This was very detailed, awesome work!


  3. Riley,
    I have always known that poverty was an issue in America, but I never knew how many people were affected by it. I think that your post did a great job of explaining how many people are affected by this, and the images you used were great and helped me to understand your piece even more. I think maybe connecting it to the book “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian” would be great! Overall I think this was informative and creative!


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