Many of my wonderful students are deemed at-risk. Nine of them are over a 1.5 years below grade level. They all want to learn and they work very hard. My students often do not have pencils, crayons or books and they generally do not participate in after school activities; they rarely have access to technology outside of school. I teach at an older, urban school where many of my students are the children of deployed military personnel.
All of our kids are eligible for free breakfast and lunch but we are not a Title One school and as a result, we lack the resources and opportunities of many other economically disadvantaged schools.
My students attend school in one of the most multicultural districts in the United States and many of them are English Language Learners who have recently arrived in this country. They seldom go on field trips because they cannot afford the fees. School is everything to them.
No matter what yardstick you use-CCSS, No Child Left Behind or something else, my students need help with writing, reading, number sense and math. They also have essential needs that are cannot be met by our school.
Second grade is a very important year in the lives of students. They have so much to learn. This year, my students will learning about all the different cultures in our classroom and because they attend one of the most multicultural schools in the country that means we have a lot to learn. They will be reading and discussing books the nine books that I am requesting for this project. Then they will be going on "electronic field trips"taking notes and writing a "report" using the requested Chromebook. Finally, they will print and share their report with their families. Unfortunately, we lack the necessary resources for learning. I am asking for nine picture books and a chromebook because when our room was rented someone broke our chromebook!
This year, my students need to learn to read, write, and do basic reports but most of all they need to learn to respect each other and work together.
My school is not a Title I school, but we are a school that is economically disadvantaged and our budget is almost nonexistent. The books like All Are Welcome and the computer that I am requesting will mean my wonderful students can complete their projects, develop global understanding and learn to be inclusive.
There is no money for this type of project. My students need your help.
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