Our school is in a small rural area, where we serve students grades K-12, approximately forty-five minutes northeast of the Gulf of Mexico. I teach 20 students and in recent days over half of my students have either lost their homes or their homes have sustained extreme damage due to the effects of Hurricane Michael when Category 4+ winds destroyed most of the homes in our small town. Thankfully, our newly built school received only minimal damages. Most of my students now regard our school as their safe haven where they can escape the scenes of reality. Our new norm is to see blue tarps on each and every roof, downed trees, and debris piles full of damaged personal belongings. Our classroom is a refuge for mu students. It is the only thing which has remained unchanged post-Hurricane Michael.
We are one school, one family and we are all in this together.
As kindergarten students, they need hands on access to activities to engage them and prepare them for their future.
3 out of 5 mornings my students participate in hands on STEM activities. These activities increase their fine motor and critical thinking skills. The students love to show off their creativity while communicating and collaborating with their peers. My students are eager to come into class and get a morning tub.
Consumable supplies like paint, card stock, laminating pouches, pipe cleaners, plates, and building materials such as LEGO’s and blocks are needed so we can continue doing these hands on activities.
These consumable materials will be used in our STEM morning tubs. My students come into the classroom each morning and select a tub. In that tub, is a STEM activity and all the supplies to complete it. These activities foster fine motor skills and critical thinking skills. Along with these consumable materials morning tubs also contain building materials. My students love to build and be creative with LEGO and marble sets and other building materials. It is so rewarding to see them get exctied when they build something really cool. School funds just are not available at this time due to budget constraints my district is facing due to the damage and losses that have occurred from Hurricane Michael.
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