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Poverty simulator helps teachers identify with kids

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Some teachers now have a better idea of what their poor students go through.

Teachers from across the Waterloo School District went through a poverty simulator Tuesday night at Lowell Elementary School. Teachers formed a low-income family for a time. Each had to struggle to get between different stations and pay bills. It's designed to build understanding between teachers and low income families.

"I hope they bring it back and when they see that student that might be a little bit frustrated or come to school with some need that they didn't want to share with anyone, they'll be a little more concerned about that and a little more engaged with that child," said Melissa Steggall, the principal of Edison Elementary and co-organizer of an event.

Principal Steggall says roughly 50% of families in the Waterloo School District qualify as low-income.

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