I teach some of the most wonderful students. My students, or kids as I like to call them, come from one of the tougher neighborhoods in town. The school resides in a low socioeconomic area where most families are living at or below the poverty line. The adults in my kids' lives (I say, adults, as some of my children live with an alternative family member) are doing the best they can to make ends meet. My kids all receive free lunch and free breakfast daily, and they are part of the backpack buddies program, receiving food on Fridays to take home so that they may have something to eat over the weekend.
Even with these circumstances, my kids come to school each day wanting to learn and wanting to better themselves for the future.
My students and the adults in their lives have big hopes and dreams. My kids have dreams of being doctors, bakers, firefighters, police, in the military, teachers, and chefs. They are an eclectic bunch of dreamers, and I only want the best for them and will do what is needed to bridge their achievement gap.
All parents, students, and teachers want every school year to start off right. We all want our children to have what they need to be successful at whatever they do. Sometimes the things we need for our children to be successful are as simple as proper beginner pencils and a good, sturdy pencil sharpener. Even if my students are not able to afford what they need for success, I want to make sure that we can provide the tools for success!
All children deserve to start the year with confidence and shiny new, pointy-tipped pencils (and a sharpener to keep them that way)!
To keep those pencils pointy is a big thing in kindergarten and a non-pointy pencil means that they cannot write their best (awwww, kindergarteners!). I want them to have the best that we can get for them . . . Ticonderoga pencils are known for their quality and lasting power. They are also durable enough to withstand being dropped 500 (or more) times by the tiny fingers of 5-year-olds as well as hold up to being jabbed down on paper during the beginning processes of writing (the darker the better, right). To keep up with the demands of pointy pencils, drops, and jabbing we need that fabulous pencil sharpener that won't eat our pencils (or tiny fingers), and will give the pencils the pointiest of points possible ('cause you can't write if it's not pointy enough to rip through your paper!)!
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