My students need 75 binders to learn how to organize their lives, an all too often overlooked, yet crucial skill.
This project expired on August 10, 2011.
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Imagine that you have three pieces of homework due each night, plus three pieces of classwork and a few other random worksheets. Multiply that stack of paper over ten weeks; add a dirty locker with no lock and a backpack that you keep losing. You're left with a recipe for organizational disaster!
My students are beautiful in their own, special, 7th grade way.
They laugh, cry, sing, dance (usually at the wrong time) and change my life every single day. And all of this, amidst otherwise crippling poverty. They are refugees of worn-torn nations like Iraq and Nepal and African Americans that persevere against struggles of coming of age in an inner-city environment. They dream of being doctors, astronauts, musicians, and football players. They have their entire lives ahead of them, with infinite potential for happiness and success. They intend to change the world, and I have no doubt that they will. They refuse to embrace the obstacles that little their paths. They refuse to be denied their dreams by their context.
Despite dreams of grandeur, and herculean study sessions, my students are plagued by a quintessential 12-year-old issue, organization. They have never been taught how to organize their lives, to become efficient, to not lose the homework they poured hours of work into the night before. With the ever-growing list of pressures they face on a daily basis, I want to teach them how to organize their academic lives through a simple binder system. This is where I need your help. Unfortunately, something as simple as binders are too expensive for many of my students to afford. With your help, each student will have a uniform binder for his/her class, and no excuse to ever lower his/her grade by losing a piece of homework again!
Any working American knows the importance of organization.
And most likely, some little-remembered middle school teacher taught them how to hold onto a piece of paper without crinkling it long ago. I want to provide my students with the same opportunity. It sounds small, but then again, it is the little things that truly make the world of difference. Please, help my kids learn how to be organized!
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