The students I have the opportunity to work with are creative, innovative, enthusiastic young people who are known to thank their teachers when they leave classrooms. There are over 1,100 students on campus in grades four through eight. It wasn't always like this, but in the past few years, the school has blossomed as the result of a visionary principal, progressive staff and active parent community. As a result, there is now a lottery and long wait list for new enrollees.
Parents are coming in droves to visit the campus and see all it has to offer including a wide variety of elective classes that you would normally only have access to in high school or college.
For example, students can take Theater, Dance, Speech, Tap, Ensemble, Encore, Keyboards, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Art just to name a few. They can also get involved in a Community Action Team elective course, Future Teacher elective course, or be a part of ASB, Media or Yearbook. They can even learn how to use a 3D printer in a class designed to teach that skill. The students are noticeably vibrant and well-behaved. Everyone feels fortunate to be there, including me.
My culinary students need stainless steel cups so that we can stop purchasing disposable cups that are harmful to the environment. We have plates, bowls and utensils that we wash after use; however, I have been buying plastic cups for beverage use. With 27 students, this is an expensive endeavor. More importantly, it generates a lot of trash that is harmful to Mother Nature.
With a class set of stainless steel tumblers, we can avoid drinking out of vessels that contain BPA.
Stainless steel is easy to clean and durable. It will last for years. The cups I'd like to obtain for the class are also stackable. Space is a premium in my classroom, so being able to stack the cups is a big advantage when it come to organization.
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