My school is for at-risk kids. We are located in Milwaukee, an urban area, and are open to students who meet the "at-risk" criteria. Our students are considered at-risk of not graduating high school for a wide variety of reasons. Many have tried traditional high schools in the inner city previously and have been unsuccessful there. A majority of my students are living in poverty and dealing with the many issues that stem from that. Often they don’t speak English as their first language, have suffered severe losses, including losing their parents or caretakers, or they have children of their own. They are the kindest, funniest people you could ever meet, and their behavior mirrors their need to survive their particular situations.
Every day our students are willing to put aside their differences, whether they are cognitive, socioeconomic, racial, or gang-based, in order to gain their education.
Our school is an alternative one specifically designed for students who are deficient in credits, academic skills, an understanding of behavioral norms, and emotional support.
These supplies will help me and my students learn in this new crazy COVID environment. My room is too small for most safe social distancing arrangements, so I've ordered some desk-shields to keep my students safe while in my classroom.
I would also like to create supply packs for my students so they can take their supplies with them throughout the day instead of trying to find new supplies in each room they travel to.
All of these supplies will help to keep my students safe and focused on the task of learning instead of worrying about their health and safety.
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