Help me give my students awards ribbons for swim competition; our students need to be rewarded when they win a race.
Our students are from all over the world and range from middle class to disadvantaged. Our school has over 400 students. Here, our students are extremely academically-minded, they work hard to have the best grades, and they want to go to Ivy League colleges. They are very serious students. Because we are such a small school, we have big goals but small finances. Our swim team is filled with serious competitors. They have tutoring every afternoon.
I work in two schools and have created a swim league from the two Jersey City schools.
My second school is in transition, with new students coming in and rising scores.
The students here involve themselves in after-school programs, both academic and athletic, funded by student-led donations. Swim team operates during after-school, two hours per week. They are catching up in scholarship.
I would describe the atmosphere as a school with a heart. They are very much a family. They run drives for coatless students, create food donation baskets at holiday time, and have run fundraisers for a student's family when the student was battling cancer.
I am the coach of the only free elementary-age swim teams in Jersey City. Our two teams are not part of an official swim league because the students on my teams cannot afford those team fees. Our teams run on the tiniest budget.
The two schools that fund this "league" can only have the entire swim season run 3 months!
We have two competitions. Having the ribbons paid for will make a big difference. We hope that we can reward our students.
My students really want to compete on their swim team.
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