Out of my 200 students 142 of them are considered "At Risk". My students come from a multitude of different backgrounds. I have students that are just now learning English and are new to our country. I have students with processing or cognitive issues that take some extra time to grasp concepts. And I have students that feel safer in my classroom than they do at home. When they walk into my classroom they all may feel the weight of the world on their shoulders.
Although Hurricane Harvey was eight months ago-it continues to have a direct impact on many of my students and in my classroom.
I have students that have been displaced, or have several family members living with them. I have students that are having to spend any extra funds on recovering from the damage left behind from this catastrophic event. In fact, in our very building we are housing an elementary school that could not return to their school building.
The relationships we have in each class is like a family. And as family I want to make sure I can support them in any needs that they may have.
After Harvey my students have had to make many adjustments. Both in our school and many of them in their homes. I don't want the lack of basic school or classroom supplies to get between them and their learning. Things like paper, pens and snacks can make all the difference. The snacks and basic supplies help bridge the gap between home and school. Also I like to teach through art and these supplies will give my students the ability to learn in a different way that they don’t normally learn. For instance the masks and paint are for a Dia De Los Muertos project for the students to dig deeper until Latin American culture when we study Latin America. This gives my students a sense of accomplishment that they can do a great job learning in a different way.
“You may never know what results come of your action, But if you do nothing there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
I teach my students to be good world citizens, and I would love to show them that there are people still thinking about and caring for them.
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