As I'm writing this post I am literally holding back tears. An administrator came up to me after watching me aid a music class and the first thing she said was "Sometimes I ask myself is it the lead? Is that why they act like this?" She went on to tell me that she's been at this school for nineteen years and she's never seen children act like this. These kids are loving, curious, ambitious, and most importantly they all have their own unique personality. But so many of them have learning disabilities, anger issues, attention spans that are almost non existent. And it's heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking to know a whole generation will grow up with the effects of lead poisoning. You start to wonder what will happen to their children. How are they going to afford their treatment if 60% of the community lives under the poverty line. How will they succeed if they can't even pay attention in school because of forces that are bigger than them. Bigger than they can even fathom. After this week I'm going to back to my life in DC and will have to hear people complain about how the Ph of the water is changing their hair texture. I'll have to go back and listen to people who are completely unaware of their privilege and only know the extent of other crises because of Washington Post article. Most importantly I'll have to go back knowing that my week long presence will barely alter these children's lives.