I teach a self departmentalized, inclusion class consisting of regular education students, students who are limited in English, and special education students who vary in exceptionalities including autism disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Energetic, lively, and excited to learn: is how I would describe my amazing third grade students.
Our school is Title I and is located in a low income neighborhood in Florida. Most of our families have immigrated from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and South America. 90% of our population are on free or reduced-price lunch.
Regardless of my students economical disadvantages, they come to school on a daily basis eager to learn and excited to share their ideas and experiences. My students spend more time with me in the classroom so it has become their second home. They feel safe, loved, and appreciated here.
Studies indicate that thirst affects learning.
My students need access to clean drinking water in order to make academic progress in the classroom.
Some of my students are unable to bring water from their home because water bottles can be a costly. The ones that do, often run out by end of day and want to drink out of our schools' water fountain.
Problem is, our school is located in an area where there is constant construction and broken pipes have contaminated our drinking water. My students are unable to use the schools' water fountain due to the unsafe hazards. They also tend to put their lips directly on the spout spreading germs and I'm afraid of them getting sick.
My students need this water dispenser in our classroom to provide them with clean drinking water. It would also allow them to continuously fill their water bottles when they are empty. Your donations will change the lives of my students and keep them hydrated for their bodies and minds to function!
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