My students come excited to learn in two languages, as part of our Spanish Immersion Program that was adapted ten years ago to meet the need of our cultural and linguistic diversity in our district. Six years ago, parents got organized and successfully implemented uniforms at our school. This has helped our students to stay focused on learning and it has provided a positive learning environment for each student.
I am enriched and blessed by my students' diverse cultural, linguistic, and economic background.
More than 85% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
All of my kindergarten students get the amazing and unique opportunity to start learning in English and Spanish from K to 12. Close to 25% of my students' first language is English, and 50% of my students' first language is Spanish, and 25% speak another language. They share the journey to be able to graduate from high school bicultural, bilingual, and bi-literate; it all begins in my kindergarten classroom.
Uniforms are expected for all of my students everyday. It provides the opportunity for disadvantaged students to not stand out nor to feel pressured to have expensive or certain brand of clothes at school. For some of my homeless students, coming to school in clean clothes is a constant struggle that often prevents them from being at school because of the lack of access to washers and dryers to have their uniforms washed on a timely manner. They may only have one or two sets of uniforms and must wear the same uniform for the week.
My project is about having backpacks ready-to-go as needed for any of my 48 student who are experiencing homelessness during the school year.
Each backpack will be ready with a set of uniforms, including a pair of socks, underwear, a hair comb, gloves and a hat as needed. I will also include a laundry bag and other essential items.
I have noticed an increased of absenteeism coming back from the weekend or a long break, so the backpack will go with the child on weekends and before a break. They will bring back the backpack with the dirty uniform and families may keep the rest. With the help of parents volunteers, backpacks will get refilled and ready to go again.
Please help me provide much needed resources for my students experiencing homelessness . We rank 4th in the state with the highest number of homeless students in our school district. Not having access to be able to wash their clothes regularly and not having enough uniforms for the week is a struggle many of our families have to endure.
Missing school because they do not have the right clothes due to homelessness, it is something you can help me prevent. Learning happens when students are at school.
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