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  • Williamsburg Preparatory High School
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At the end of each school year, our school is able to use carefully-budgeted funds to build capacity – most notably through purchasing new technology for the next semester. When the pandemic hit, that end-of-year nest egg was the first to disappear; we have been told to expect to open in September with little more than the lights on. Whether classes meet in person, online, or some combination of the two, we know that calculators will be a vital tool for students to engage in academic pursuits safely and consistently. With so many of my students facing illness and the loss of family members, job and wage loss, and immense cuts to city public schools, my kids desperately need greater access to technology in order to overcome these obstacles and provide them with a fighting chance to achieve their true potential, so that they can truly have a future that is brighter than their past. My students exemplify resilience and strength and deserve a fighting chance with equal access to a meaningful education, pandemic or not. From my students’ perspectives, “going to school” now means signing on with whatever device they can, and bouncing between Google Classrooms, Zoom discussions, and assignments on a wide variety of education sites. It’s a lot to juggle with the best technology; on a tiny phone screen, it’s nearly impossible to navigate the multiple apps and tabs that may be required to complete any given assignment. This project will help to secure my students' access to calculators and technology needed to make a huge difference in making sure they can fully engage.

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At the end of each school year, our school is able to use carefully-budgeted funds to build capacity – most notably through purchasing new technology for the next semester. When the pandemic hit, that end-of-year nest egg was the first to disappear; we have been told to expect to open in September with little more than the lights on. Whether classes meet in person, online, or some combination of the two, we know that calculators will be a vital tool for students to engage in academic pursuits safely and consistently. With so many of my students facing illness and the loss of family members, job and wage loss, and immense cuts to city public schools, my kids desperately need greater access to technology in order to overcome these obstacles and provide them with a fighting chance to achieve their true potential, so that they can truly have a future that is brighter than their past. My students exemplify resilience and strength and deserve a fighting chance with equal access to a meaningful education, pandemic or not. From my students’ perspectives, “going to school” now means signing on with whatever device they can, and bouncing between Google Classrooms, Zoom discussions, and assignments on a wide variety of education sites. It’s a lot to juggle with the best technology; on a tiny phone screen, it’s nearly impossible to navigate the multiple apps and tabs that may be required to complete any given assignment. This project will help to secure my students' access to calculators and technology needed to make a huge difference in making sure they can fully engage.

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