My awesome second graders come from a very low socioeconomic background, with the majority falling below the poverty line. They are mainly English language learners (72%) and many of them live in homes which house multiple families under the same roof. The median income is well below poverty level, with some being homeless. Some of these seven and eight-year-olds have the sole responsibility of taking care of their younger siblings while their parents are working, with many parents working more than one job. Others are latchkey children.
Our school is Title I and 80% of the children receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch.
In addition to the many challenges that these hard-working students face, they also are coping with the fact that our school is situated in a high crime area with frequent gang activity. My children have extremely limited access to technology in their homes, yet with all these obstacles, my students come to school with much enthusiasm and an eager desire to learn.
In second grade, students are required to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. This correlates with our Benchmark Reading Program unit 3. To enhance this learning, my scholars need a variety of rich print books with pictures about animals and their habitats in order for them to read, compare and understand how living things get what they need in order to survive. By having access to these books, it will also provide my students with a deeper compassion and understanding toward animals and their habitats. With your help, my students will be able to attain their learning goals.
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