I teach 20 diverse and invested 2nd graders. My students are curious and energetic and they love to read and take on hands on projects. Many of my students are first generation Americans. Collectively, my class can speak over a dozen languages. Some have moved to America only in the past few years. In our school, we celebrate our diversity and our global community.
Because of my high English Learner population, many of my students are scoring below grade level.
My students don't necessarily have English speaking family at home to assist them and immerse them in their language learning. We are also a Title I school and many students come from a lower socioeconomic level where they don't have access to the books and technology that will help them catch up. My goal is to set up my classroom in a way that my students have every opportunity to be successful.
Our Second graders are active and ready learners at a Title I school in Alameda, CA. Our students come from a diverse variety of backgrounds, many who are first generation Americans and English language learners.
Our students don't get many opportunities to leave our island and explore the state of the art resources that nearby San Francisco has to offer.
We qualified for free admission to the Exploratorium, an immersive and hands on science museum aimed towards children. This would be the perfect opportunity for our students to experience science through hands on projects and exploration, something we often cannot give with the limited resources afforded to us at school.
Even though our admission to the Exploratorium will be free, the cost to bus our entire 2nd grade is very high. Public transportation options are limited from our site so chartered bus is our only option. We have already applied for and received a grant through the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation to cover part of the bus cost, we are now looking to cover the remaining costs.
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