The students at my school represent historically underserved groups; ninety-two percent are socioeconomically disadvantaged and for more than half, English is not their first language.
I’m telling you this because these statistics show that our students are truly inspiring!
While speaking another language at home and representing diverse populations is a precious gift, it also presents daily challenges for our students. Yet, despite this, the students show up each day, ready to learn. It is our responsibility to provide them a safe place to learn, grow, problem-solve and thrive.
The thing is, students are innately and intensely curious about the world in which they live. They are pioneers and explorers, ready to discover new things. They want to know about who they are and why they are. They want to get lost in a book and journey to new places, whether it’s another country, a civil rights protest or Hogwart’s. These learning experiences are extremely empowering. Providing them with these tools and opportunities is also simply a matter of equity. Our students don’t just deserve these educational experiences; it is their right as children.
We spend much of the day on our classroom rug, which sits in the middle of the room. We begin each day by gathering here for a morning meeting circle - we greet each other, share about life's happenings, relay news and announcements, and sometimes even play a quick game. Throughout the day we continue to gather on this rug for lessons - reading, writing, math, science, social studies... you get it! The rug also serves as a work space for students. Some students prefer working on the rug, splayed out on their bellies, then sitting at their desks.
Given how much time we spend on this rug, it should always be clean and welcoming... but you can imagine how dirty it gets by the end of each day!
That is why I am requesting a powerful Shark vacuum along with Spot Shot carpet cleaner. This way I can give the rug a good vacuuming at the end of each day, instead of the once a month (if even!) vacuum job that it typically gets.
Thank you for supporting this project and helping to provide my students a clean space for learning, working, and growing!
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