The students at KIPP San Francisco College Prep are rock stars! As KIPP students, they are agreeing to multiple things that most students aren't ok with.
1) We have longer school days.
School doesn't get out until 4:00, but this is really when the real work begins. Despite the later dismissal, our students stay after school to continue to get help with their homework, classwork or even just to help me clean up and grade.
2) They have homework EVERY NIGHT. Our students, families, and faculty are so committed to the goal of closing the achievement gap and graduating prepared to enter the world that we all agree to learn, practice, and get better every day and night.
3) Our school doesn't have all of the traditional high school sports or clubs, yet our students still show up everyday ready to build community and learn. Many students come from long commutes with multiple transfers.
Despite all of the hurdles in front of them, they show up and show out. Our students strive for greatness and do what is necessary to realize their goals. For these and many other reasons, our students need our support!
My Spanish students will spend the majority of the year learning speaking skills geared toward having a conversation and learning about other people. The best way for them to cement these skills in their communication tool kits is to use it in the real world.
Most of my students have never been out of the Bay Area, let alone to another country.
Traveling to Costa Rica will give them the opportunity to open their mind to other cultures, languages, and ways of seeing the world.
When I was in High School, my Spanish teacher did everything I could to make sure I went with the class to Costa Rica for Spring Break. That trip opened my eyes to the world, and made Spanish into something that was more than just another class. I ended up studying abroad for almost 2 years in college and graduating with a degree in World Languages and Cultures. That one opportunity in High School gave my education meaning and purpose, and my students deserve the same opportunity.
Most of us don't know what we like or what we're good at until we're exposed to it. Too many young people go unexposed to their potential passion. Help me expose my students to more experiences, cultures, languages, and people by sponsoring our trip to Costa Rica!
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