I teach a group of twenty-six first grade students in one of the cities with the highest crime rate in the nation. All the students at my school site receive free lunch. A full 97% of my school's student population is Hispanic, and most of them are first-generation in the United States. At least 15% of my students are newcomers to the country. School is one of the only places at which my students interact with someone who speaks academic English.
Living and attending school in a highly impoverished, urban setting, my students are not exposed to many educational experiences outside of the classroom.
Exposing my students to different types of learning while keeping them engaged and entertained is very important to me.
My students need a microwave that can be used in the classroom when needed. Many times students bring lunch for me to heat up. I have to do it after I take them to the cafeteria and once my lunch has begun. If we had a microwave in the classroom, I could start heating lunches while we are getting in the line and sanitizing our hands. A microwave is also useful to heat up left over food for their afternoon snack. Many times students end up eating their left over food cold because I have yard duty and can't make it to the staff room to heat up their food.
Having a microwave oven in the classroom will allow students to eat their food warm during any time of the day.
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