More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Can You See Them Now?
My students need 2 projection microscopes designed for younger children, to help them understand that all things are made up of smaller parts, and that there are things in nature which are too small to see with the naked eye.
I currently teach in an inner-city school which has a 92% poverty rate. The students' knowledge-base is very limited, and by offering them opportunities to experience the sciences in a mini-lab station, I can encourage them to pursue research through reading, to construct hypotheses and undertake experiments, and to develop their ability to apply data in different situations, in so doing following our school's mission to create a community of life-long learners.
Recent budget cuts have eliminated programs and opportunities in the amount of $75,000.00 in our school alone, and more cuts are on the way. My students have always benefited from hands-on learning, but with the recent cuts, money for supplies is non-existent. I strive to build their knowledge base in the sciences and teach them to apply it in other academic areas, perhaps even to work towards a career goal, even at the age of 6. As students advance through the grades, they are faced with standardized tests which hinge upon prior knowledge and on the ability to apply that knowledge. For many students, prior knowledge is limited to
what they see on television or in their immediate surroundings.
By providing my students with a mini-laboratory station, they would be encouraged to explore and ask probing questions, as well as to make connections between their reading in non-fiction and their discoveries.
Since the microscopes and slides are non-perishable, they will provide educational experiences for generations to come.
Through your generosity, my students, whose love of school is reflected in their nearly flawless attendance, and who eagerly look forward to science activities and centers that offer hands-on learning, will have opportunities to grow as scientists, readers, writers, mathematicians, and to "dream big." In doing so, your contribution will truly make a difference, not only in their lives, but in our future as well.
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