This is my second year teaching middle school students Lewis. I've learned that middle schoolers are hard-working and fun-loving. They love to joke around but also love to discuss historical and present social issues.
My students come from a low-income, under-resourced, minority community in Chicago.
With lack of adequate funding, our school is limited in the supplies and opportunities we can provide these students. They have all the potential to learn and grow but simply need the resources to get them there.
I love teaching middle school because this is the time they transition into "young adulthood." They are maturing rapidly but are still young enough to be excited about learning. Providing them with plenty of avenues to explore their interests, their identities, and the world will direct them towards becoming the best version of themselves!
Most of our students have spent their entire lives in Chicago. Their neighborhood is ridden with violence, poverty, and lack of opportunity. While we try to make the classroom an interactive, safe learning environment, our students still need hands-on experiences beyond the walls of their classrooms and the concrete walls of their city.
This camping experience will provide them with space from the challenges of their everyday lives and will allow them to be just what they are: kids.
Through campfires, swimming, hiking, and games, our students will be able to learn more about the world around them and themselves and healthy community.
This project works to invest not only in an experience but in developing the minds of Chicago's youth.
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