More than half of students from low‑income households
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Life Changing Books for Students!
My students need to be able to bring books Of Mice and Men and Animal Farm home, so learning can continue beyond the classroom.
The students at my school are remarkable. They work so incredibly hard to take advantage of and create opportunities to realize success. Their versions of success vary so widely as well which adds to the awe that I look at them with every day.
There is a large number of students whose definition of success is becoming the first person in their family to graduate from college, and still others who are proud to become the first person in their family to attend college, and others who wish to pursue post-bachelor programs.
They are all united by the fact that they attend N. High Schools, and they want to make the world a better place because every single day they see situations where they can make a difference.
The school houses nearly 75% free and reduced lunch students, and while the parents support the work we do a great deal, the community at large does support us financially. We are the largest district in the state without a mill levy which means we don't have enough supplies for our students even though they work incredibly hard to achieve excellence.
Sophomores at N.H.S. read these texts. They're part of our district curriculum, and they end up becoming the foundational texts for our students because it's one of the last times that such a large portion of the grade level reads a single, unifying text. After sophomore year, students branch into 3 different classes, so this year is really powerful.
The students end up remembering both Animal Farm and Of Mice and Men for years to come, and many of them list these two texts as their favorites when they're seniors.
The trouble we have right now is that our district will not purchase more copies of these texts, so students are forced to read the books in class rather than take them home to experience literature in their own space. The 88 copies we have are divided between 2 teachers for 6 sections of sophomore English. Thus, there is a great deal of time spent on just reading in class rather than having rich conversation from the previous night's reading. We've made this adjustment for the last couple of years, but at this point, students need to take books outside of the room to further their education without so many restrictions.
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