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Dr. Via
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Life Can Be Beautiful (Even in an Urban School)

My students need an assortment of colored pencils, 2 sharpeners, 2 class packs of scissors, and 4 packs of glue.

I teach Biology in an underperforming urban school in Massachusetts. In any single classroom there may be as many as 13 ethnicities represented as well as a range of ability levels. All of my students are capable of succeeding in Biology if provided the opportunities and support they deserve. Unfortunately, those opportunities and supports are often lacking.

Getting my students engaged in the learning of concepts such as photosynthesis and DNA replication is not always an easy task. I have found that providing students with a notebook in which they can keep notes - but also color, cut and paste images, and decorate - allows them to create a unique record of their coursework while expressing their own sense of creativity. The imposed organization (pages must be numbered, table of contents maintained) does wonders for most students and they themselves are impressed with the quantity and quality of work that emerges throughout the year. The finished notebook serves as a study guide for state exams and many students are so proud of their work that they take their finished notebooks home to keep at the end of the year (this might not sound like a big deal, but it is).

In order to create these wonderful notebooks I must provide my students with a supply of colored pencils (and a way to keep them sharp), scissors and gluesticks (you'd be amazed how fast they go)!

I have tried personally to keep up with the demand for supplies, but a teacher's salary can only go so far. Please consider a donation to help my students continue their active and creative participation in their biology education. Last year's group outperformed similar groups on the state biology exam. Help me provide my current students with the materials they need to create collection of work they can be proud of.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
KLEENCUT KIDS' SCISSORS CLASSPACK SHARP • Teacher's School Supply $25.25 2 $50.50
Sax® Prismacolor® Classroom Assortment • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $235.29 1 $235.29
X-Acto(R) By Boston(R) School Pro(TM) Electric Pencil Sharpener • Office Depot Inc. $46.04 2 $92.08
Borden Elmers Glue Stick Classroom Pack, All-Purpose Clear, Pack Of 30 • Office Depot Inc. $11.96 4 $47.84

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