My students are so very special. I have a number of high-needs students, including kids who have been kicked out of other schools, some who don't have stable families, some who barely speak English, and some with really hard backgrounds. Despite their struggles, every day they come to school ready to work and ready to learn.
Ninety percent of my students come from families whose income is below the poverty line.
Many struggle with hunger, clothing issues, finding basic school supplies (which we often provide), and taking care of siblings. Most are years below grade level. Several don't speak much English. Every one of them comes to school looking for a safe place, which we provide for them. They come looking for love and affirmation, which we give them. And although they don't all know it, every one of them comes looking for learning, trying to figure out what they are capable of accomplishing.
Hi there! Some of you may remember a similar project I posted a few years ago. I asked for 25 copies of this life-changing book so that each of my precious students could have their very own copy. I have seen this book change students' lives in so many positive ways, and I am committed to replicating this successful program again this upcoming year.
Bullying prevention does not start with a program- it starts with children's hearts.
I'm sure you are aware that bullying is a massive issue today. It leads into hateful speech and behavior. My heart aches deeply when I get on social media and see how many hate-filled adults and teens are sharing unkind words. I believe it's a heart issue. And I am out to change that. I've found a story that sinks deep into students and stirs a desire to be more noble, more compassionate, and, as the author puts it, "a little kinder than necessary." Let those words sink into your soul. Wouldn't you love a generation like that? I would. I've seen this book change lives. Will you provide me with the tools to change a small corner of the world, for the better?
I have used this book effectively for years, and hope to use it for years to come, but it is important to me that each students be able to keep their own book forever. Will you enable me to change students' lives?
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