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Mrs. Valle from Los Angeles CA is requesting instructional technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Celebrating Multiculturalism and Multiliteracy! (Part I)

Help me give my students and parents art supplies, books, camera film, a family backdrop, and cooking supplies in order to make family workshops a reality!

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My Students

My school is a Spanish Dual language school that serves 73% Latino and 22% Asian students. About 34.1% are English Learners (ELs), 48.1% are English Only or Initially Fluent in English (IFEPs), and 38% participate in the Two-Way Immersion Spanish Dual Language Program. Through our multiple language programs options, we foster students’ sense of belonging and improve social-emotional and academic skills.

We work hard so that our students, despite their language classifications, can achieve their highest academic potential and become biliterate and socio-culturally competent.

My Project

My project is based on developing ongoing school and community engagement. By implementing monthly family workshops, the community and staff will share the responsibility for student learning and multicultural appreciation. An initial survey will identify parents' perceptions about their active involvement in the school. Our goal is to develop parent leaders by inviting them to engage as active facilitators.

This project will bridge the cultural assets that families possess and bring them into the school setting.

For the month of October, the theme is Honoring our Ancestors. Our sessions will consist of activities related to the arts, literacy, mathematics, history, and cooking. As families come in, a photo will be taken for a keepsake.

In the literature workshop, students will learn about Dia de los muertos, an Aztec and Pre-Columbian tradition and the life of Jose Posada, the creator of calaveras (skull) drawings.

In the craft workshops, parents will use the crepe paper to show our students how to design "papel picado" and special flowers to decorate their "ofrendas" or altars. The Day of the Dead Crafts book will demonstrate how to decorate unique memorials by using shoe boxes, paints, sequins, and glue sticks to decorate their memorials. Using The Day of the Dead Drawing Book, students will draw festive Mexican skeleton art.

Students will also participate in a cooking demonstration taught by our parent bakers. The traditional recipe "pan muerto" will be passed down to the children. They will wear aprons and chef hats and use the cooking utensils to bring to life a bread that will entice the dead to a sweet treat. Students will learn about ingredients, cooking procedures, measurement, and recipe writing.

At the end of the school year, we will retake the initial survey and measure the parent involvement growth based on our monthly workshops.

Mrs. Valle
Grades PreK-2

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Fujifilm instax Wide Instant Film for Fujifilm instax Wide 300, 200, and 210 cameras w/ Microfiber Cloth by Quality Photo (40 Exposures) • Amazon Business $36.99 2 $73.98
Just Artifacts Premium Crepe Paper Rolls - 8ft Length/20in Width (6pcs, Color: Fiesta) • Amazon Business $17.98 3 $53.94
Kitchen Utensil Set - 11 Cooking Utensils - Colorful Silicone Kitchen Utensils - Nonstick Cookware with Spatula Set - Colored Best Kitchen Tools Kitchen Gadgets • Amazon Business $22.96 2 $45.92
Vremi 13 Piece Mixing Bowl Set - Colorful Kitchen Bowls Colander Mesh Strainer with Handles Measuring Cups and Spoons - BPA Free Plastic Nesting Bowls with Easy Pour Spout for Baking Cooking and More • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
Pentel Arts Oil Pastels, 432 Piece Classroom Size Pack (PHN-12CP) • Amazon Business $29.23 1 $29.23
AIVS 48 Pieces Children’s Artists Fabric Aprons & Chef Hats for Kitchen, Classroom, Community Event, Crafts and Art Painting Activity,Kid's Size(M 2-12 Year) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
7x5ft Fiesta Theme Backdrop Colorful Paper Flower and Stripe Mexican Fiesta Photography Background Mexican Birthday Party Decorations for Kids • Amazon Business $17.98 1 $17.98
Adtech Full-Size Multi-Temp 5-lb BOX All-Purpose Glue Sticks-7/16"X10" 5lb 10 inch, Clear(Packaging may vary) • Amazon Business $15.75 1 $15.75
CoverYourHair Headbands - Hairbands - Hard Headbands - Hair Accessories - Bulk Headbands (36 Pack Thin Headbands) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Day of the Dead Crafts: More than 24 Projects that Celebrate Dia de los Muertos • Amazon Business $14.89 1 $14.89
Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Dia de Los Muertos • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
The Day of the Dead Drawing Book • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Sugar Skull Mold - Altar - Day of the Dead - Candy Making Mold • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
100Pcs Dark Green Floral Paper Wrapped Wire,18 Gauge Floral Stem Wire(16inch) … • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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