My students need a computer to help them create power point presentations, screen videos, and use the Internet for research.
Our room is a place that brings the world into the classroom. I’ve taught students that have never been to the museum or traveled out of the city, but they still have curiosity. They still have dreams. Many of my students don’t have a computer at home, much less eat a square meal every day so school
As a Learning Lab teacher, I help students from Shakespeare, to algebra, from WWII to Punnett squares in biology.
My students range from grades 9-12, so along with helping them prepare for college, I prepare them for job hunting. I’m proud of my students both past and present. Many have persevered with profound disabilities and yet have graduated to attend college. I want you to hear their voices. One of my students wrote, “I got sick with something called Guillain Barre Syndrome, which left me paralyzed from the neck down. Halfway through my junior year, this is when I finally decided to change because I remembered seeing my mother next to me, praying in the hospital, hoping that I would survive. I knew right then and there that I had to make something of myself so that I could help my mom when I’m older. “
While paper and pencil are still our primary tools, having a computer means they have access to the outside world for information, contacts, and action. To have a new computer with speakers would also mean my students could listen to audio recordings of readings for an online class or not see a blank screen because the computer is too old to see images or a video from a famous moment in history. I could also install a program that reads their typed essays for them so they can hear them for proofreading. This is especially useful for students with disabilities who can benefit from the auditory process.
One of my students wrote, “Now that I am a senior, I want to say that no matter how bad your situation is, you could always make a change not for other people, but for yourself.
There is always a solution for your problems.” You, as a donor are a solution to our ancient equipment problem. Together we can make an amazing difference.
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