My students attend one of the first Los Angeles public schools built as a span (grades kindergarten through eighth).
The teachers came together to create a plan where almost all of the students can obtain a college-bound education with high expectations, regardless of their background.
All of my students are Latinos who qualify for Title I funding (98% of the school qualifies for free and reduced-price lunch). Half of my class is performing below grade level in reading and mathematics.
The parents are very involved and have a high interest in having their children succeed. The students are very dedicated and hard-working due to the culture of the school and their parents' involvement. Most of the students cannot afford the latest technology (i.e. computers, Internet access, and printers) which is a Common Core State Standard (CCSS).
There are so many teachers at my school who create a culture of learning from our mistakes, caring for one another, and building a better future. Your generosity could help my classroom get additional resources that they could never get with just a teacher's salary. Thank you for viewing my proposal!
Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” I would like to give my students the opportunity to find themselves using a 3D printer. Some of my students have a difficult home life - single parent who works two jobs, homelessness, poverty, and hunger. Sometimes reading, writing and solving math problems isn't enough to motivate a child to come to school. Even when you were in elementary, weren't some of your favorite subjects science, technology and art?
Using a 3D printer, the student’s imagination could come to life in addition to learning how to design digitally.
This would give my students the opportunity to design anything and then create it on demand. The 3D printer would teach them to persevere, learn that making mistakes is the only way to learn, teamwork, and to look forward to school. I purposely chose an inexpensive printer that was highly rated. The filament would provide enough material for each child to make a small figure. They would work in groups or individually to create a piece of art or even parts to add to their robotics curriculum.
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