My students need basic school supplies including paper, dry erase markers, and a digital timer as we are a brand new school and we are starting from scratch!
How many of us have been the kid who is always receiving the hand-me-downs and left-overs? My school is brand new and sharing a building with another public school and a charter school. That means we "get" to have whatever materials they don't want!
My students come from everywhere from down the block, across the city, and across the world.
Two are non-English speaking students and attending school in the United States for the first time. We are located in a highly diverse and high-needs urban neighborhood. Many of my students have come from a failing school or have transferred schools due to bullying or other issues. Above all, we want our school to be a safe and joyful place for them.
Our staff have been scavengers, parents have generously donated what they can, and I have spent more of my own money than ever before in my years of teaching to help make my classroom suitable for such a special and deserving group of third graders. Yet we still have some unmet needs.
In our school pledge, we ask our students to "face challenges with courage and perseverance". As a staff trying to put together a new school with the bold mission to inspire joy in learning and develop every child's unique gifts, we know the stakes are high for us to be the role models. I know it is up to me to persevere in getting the supplies we need to serve our students. I am asking for the basics for my classroom: book bins for empty shelves, chart paper and markers for visuals, and a timer and a literacy center for differentiating instruction.
At our school, we believe that working together, using our unique gifts will help us learn and overcome challenges.
It would be such a joy to share the generosity of the greater community with my students as they gladly receive the supplies that will give them a brighter, joyful and more effective classroom!
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