I work with middle school students at a Title I school, which means that about 90% of our students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches due to their low socioeconomic statuses. The school is located in an area in Miami where about 82% of family households are living below poverty.
The students and families at my school are hard-working people that struggle financially and cannot afford to pay for many things, even school supplies.
Our school has dedicated teachers and students who work hard despite the families' and students' struggles and hardships. As a result of their hard work, the school's overall performance increased during last school year and became a "C" school.
We are starting our new school year very soon. For this upcoming school year, I will be teaching some of the same students that I had last year, and some will be new to middle school. I know that many of them will not be able to afford and/or bring school supplies because of their family situations. Many of the students' families are struggling financially and have lost their homes, and now are living in homeless shelters near the school. Some lost their homes due to low or no incomes and others because of the effects of last year's hurricanes: Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and even Hurricane Harvey. This is why it is so important to help them with this project so I can provide them with the school supplies that they need in school and at home.
They will need school supplies like notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, and markers to help them improve their reading and writing skills.
I will be giving school supplies to the students to use in school and at home. They will be using these supplies to take notes, write their essays, create projects, and respond to the comprehension questions to the text.
These school supplies are what my students need in order to feel like things are normal again. Many of our families are stressed being homeless and the last things on their minds are buying school supplies. Their families are thinking about how to get food, look for income or jobs, and a new home. I want to make sure that my students have the basics in school like everyone else so they can participate in learning. Please help and contribute to the project so that my students can have a little normal in their lives.
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