More than half of students from low‑income households
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My students need pencils and index cards. With these, they'll always have something to write with and materials to make flashcards in biology.
The students at my school come from a rural area where agriculture is important, hard work is necessary, and technology lags behind. These real world areas mirror our school environment. Our school is one of only a handful of agricultural charter schools in the United States, so the students know the importance of agriculture. They realize that hard work is required of them. Unfortunately, they don't have access to as much technology as possible that would help them with this work.
Even though they may not have all of the technological advantages that other students do, my students try their best with what they're given.
They have grown up with constantly advancing technology in society, so they show interest in learning the latest apps and equipment when available at school. For many of my students, this may be the only technology exposure they receive. We live in an economically disadvantaged area and 100% of my students receive free / reduced lunch.
Little known fact - there's a miniature black hole that has a hunger for pencils in the binder of every high school student in my classes. That's the only logical explanation that I can give for why my kids go through pencils so quickly. I've tried to keep up with the demand on my own, but the black holes are winning. At the same time, I'm trying to instill the magic and usefulness of vocabulary flashcards into the hearts and minds of my students. In biology, there are a ton of vocabulary words and prefixes to learn and I've found that flashcards work wonders.
Most of my students don't have the resources to keep a steady supply of index cards (or pencils - those black holes again) on hand.
With your help, we can fix this situation to eliminate any excuses as to why they can't make flashcards to study at a moment's notice.
Both pencils and index cards are basic, but absolutely vital, supplies that are needed to help my students succeed in biology this year.
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