My students are English language learners primarily in the 1st and 2nd grades. My students dream of being doctors and lawyers. I don’t want poverty to stop their dreams from becoming reality. They come from low-income households and have limited opportunities to be on the same playing field as their peers. For the most part, our students perform below grade level. They live in an urban area with many challenges, in and out of school. Many are not literate in their native tongue. Learning the English language is a challenge for many of them. By providing incentives for good behavior, such as kindness, students will spend more time learning and making good choices.
Many of my students are lacking in winter wear. Let's face it, coats and accessories (hats and gloves) can be expensive, especially when you need to dress an entire family.
The majority of our students walk to school.
Walking on a cold winter day is challenging especially when you don't have the proper attire to wear. Quite frankly, some simply don't come to school when it rains or is cold. As a result, attendance goes down and learning is lost. By providing coats that we desperately need, students and their parents may choose to come to school that day. This is a win for all, but most of all our students!
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