Do you know a "Sam"?
After a long day of school, twelve year old Sam walked to the elementary school to pick up her brother, Tim. Sam was responsible for making sure they both got home since their mother had to work and then go school after her shift at McDonald's.
Before school, Sam was in charge of getting Tim up and making sure he arrived at school since mom had to sleep before going to work. Then Sam walked the few blocks to her middle school. The extra time that it took to get him ready and walk him to school meant that Sam often missed out on the free breakfast that was served. She was used to going hungry, so it wasn't the end of the world.
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