My school district has over 15,000 students with large numbers of Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian, Filipino, and Polish students. There are 51 different languages spoken at home, and we are a suburban school district surrounded by urban school districts. We pride ourselves on offering many opportunities for our students so they can grow academically, athletically, emotionally, and socially.
Our high school has 3,300 students; we offer 25 varsity sports and 3 varsity academic competition teams, including our FIRST Robotics Team, The Mechanical Mustangs, of which I am the lead mentor.
Part of the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District, we will be competing in FIRST Rise: Infinite Recharge. Our 5 ft, 125 lb robot has won numerous engineering awards and qualified for the FIRST Championship five times.
The National Center for Education Statistics  attributed living in poverty during early childhood, in part, to education-related deficiencies, inadequacies with physical and cognitive development, and disparities regarding access to healthcare. These students are five times more likely to drop out and 13 times less likely to graduate high school on time. Over 50% of our students live in poverty, but adding positive school-based relationships greatly increases the desire to graduate and internal motivation to succeed.
A black man is wrongly accused of murder and spends six years on death row before Bryan Stevenson with the Equal Justice Initiative gets him exonerated. It is a true story about the civil rights movement in America and how we need to change our broken system.
It is incredibly important for our young people to see individuals like themselves who have become successful leaders in their fields.
Mr. Stevenson is a highly respected lawyer who our diverse students can look up to. Films that depict our African American individuals in a positive light, rather than just "gangstas", uneducated, poor, or from the hood gives our students the opportunity to see themselves accomplish great things in the future.
We look forward to having our students go to see this film. Thank you so much for supporting our diverse learners.
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