I am honored to teach first grade again this year. The students that come to my classroom come from many different backgrounds with a wide variety of languages spoken at home. They want to learn, be challenged, and work hard to reach their goals. We work very hard to open the doors to every possible opportunity for a bright future for all of our elementary students.
For many of our students, our school is the only consistent and safe place in their lives.
Approximately 67% of our K- 5 students receive free and reduced lunch. Many of our students come from one parent families or are living with a grandparent or other relative and live in one bedroom apartments with little to no green space outside their door.
Many students come into school without their own supplies and there is very little money in the school budget to purchase adequate supplies for the school year. If each students were able to have basic school supplies on hand they would feel more likely to do their best work. Coloring items would be used for collaborative assignments, word work, math assignments and many other projects. Students would not have to worry about where they would have to get their next pencil when they did not have one or if they were permitted to use markers, they wouldn't have to feel bad if they didn't have their own from home.
All students need basic supplies to help them do their job each and every day at school.
Adults that work in offices need basic supplies to do their job efficiently. Students need them to their jobs efficiently. These items may seem basic and inexpensive to purchase and for some families it just isn't in the budget! We need to help provide the basic supplies for students to learn. Something so simple as a pencil and new crayons to child can make a difference!
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