My students are a creative, energetic, enthusiastic bunch of students. They absolutely love hands-on activities that are engaging, challenging and allow them to think outside the box! They come to school excited to try new things, and in order to grow both personally and academically, they love challenging themselves. Many of my students come to school ready to take on new concepts and build upon old skills to show their creativity and ability through artistic expression.
Our school is located upon the Prince of Whales Island in a small, southeastern part of Alaska, which is surrounded by lumber and fishing industries.
A great deal of our students come from families that often struggle to find employment and are not always given opportunities to express themselves.
My students are learning skills that will prepare them for life after high school, not only for careers opportunities, but to also build interests and hobbies. They are truly an incredible group, and I truly love being a part of their learning experience.
The materials and supplies that I am requesting for my students are the essential tools for learning in our class. I have 15 students on average and I only have 3 potter's wheels. I desperately need more supplies that will benefit the students' learning. Before I even start class the students are fighting over the wheels we have. One of the most satisfying experiences I have gained from teaching pottery is when I give a demonstration on the potter's wheel and I hear my students say, "I will never be able to do that." Then, in a week or two, with so much excitement, they are doing just that. You can actually see their self-confidence and learning grow.
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