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Ms. M.
Grades 6-8
  • IS 195 Roberto Clemente
  • New York, NY
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

A Copier to Help Harlem Students Learn Geometry

The cost of a digital laser copier/printer and four replacement cartridges is $1589, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

I teach math to seventh graders at a failing public school in Harlem. The copier that my school kept in the Teacher's Center has been broken for months and will not be replaced this year. At my school, students score lower in math than in any other subject. Math is the subject they need to understand backwards and forwards, but most of them find it confusing and difficult. Right now, I am teaching my students geometry, one of the five major content areas that the state standards require us to teach. Geometry involves drawing complex shapes, diagrams, and charts. If I could make copies, teaching geometry would be a breeze. I could simply run off the appropriate worksheets. But without a copier, I am forced to draw the workseets on the board, and then each of my students must attempt to copy the worksheets by hand so that they can solve the problems. They spend much of the class period just attempting to redraw the shapes and figures before they can move on to actually attempting to solve the problems. If I could run the copies off at Staples, I would. But I have been doing that for months and finances are very tight for me. I can no longer afford to run off copies at Staples. If I cannot find a way to run off math worksheets, my students will be stuck copying worksheets by hand for the rest of the year. I wish you could meet my students-- because I know that if you met them, you would see why I think they deserve better. They have so many disadvantages, yet daily they work harder than most suburban students I know, trying to find a way to rise above their circumstances and achieve academically. If you could provide me with a printer and some print cartridges, then I could run off worksheets, and my students would no longer have to copy by hand. I believe my Harlem students deserve typed worksheets so that they can make the most of their time at school. I believe every student deserves at least that.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Canon imageCLASS D860 Personal Digital Laser Copier/Printer • Office Depot Inc. $599.99 1 $599.99
Canon Model L50 Black Image Cartridge • Office Depot Inc. $134.99 4 $539.96

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This project will reach 120 students.

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