Our elementary school houses just over 300 students. We are a Title I school with 63% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. Most of our children live in apartments in single-parent households. Our building was constructed during Franklin D. Roosevelt's terms. We have two sections at every grade level. We have five co-teaching classrooms as well as two 8:1:2 classrooms which specialize in children with behavioral difficulties.
Our school is a richly diverse elementary school with a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds - 12% of our students are learning English.
Our school's population consists of 27% Hispanic, 24% African American, 39% Caucasian, 4% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 6% of our population is two or more races.
We consider the students in our school to be special due to their diverse cultures and backgrounds. They bring multiple perspectives to our classroom communities. Due to a lack of resources for many of our students, they are not able to obtain many educational experiences outside of the school.
Reading is the most important thing that students should engage in every day; but I need your help!
Currently, my ENL students are learning to read while also trying to learn a new language.
Many of their parents cannot read in English, but want to help them to develop the skills needed to be a good reader.
By adding these leveled books to my parent lending library, it will help my students strengthen their early literacy skills. By sending home bilingual readers, parents have the ability to read and discuss these books with their children in their native language. As their children become proficient in reading the English language, they will help them to practice reading at home, while their parents can follow along in Spanish. They will improve upon sight word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. The books will give my students more opportunities to read and develop interests in various genres. They can even read with a friend or sibling and share what they have learned. Thank you for helping my students become lifelong readers.
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