Will you be their sunshine? My students live in Moore, Oklahoma and have seen more than their fair share of bad weather. During one of our most recent weather emergencies my students were without light for several hours. My project will be used to help bring light into my class next time we need it.
My students are hard working kids who love to learn.
Despite their best efforts to learn, sometimes other things get in the way. In May my students' reading class was interrupted by a huge storm tearing through Oklahoma. They spent most of their afternoon in tornado procedures. Most of that time was spent in the dark as the lights went out and stayed out. Our school was very lucky as the tornado missed our school by about five blocks. Unfortunately, some of my students lost their homes or had significant damage to their homes.
While I can't make the traumatic event never happen, I can try to make sure they don't have to sit in a classroom with little emergency lighting and resources. I have no doubt next year storm season will be very stressful for my students, and I hope my project will make my students feel a little safer while they are at school.
I have requested a class set of hand held no battery needed flashlights. My students will be able to use these in case we are ever in need of emergency lighting. Since they don't need batteries, these flashlights can be used for years. To help my students become familiar with the flashlights, I will also use them for teaching different lessons about light, flashlight reading, and other fun uses.
I also requested several sets of touch lights. These will also be used in the instance we are without power for any reason. My last request, which I hope to never have to use, is a classroom emergency kit. This kit has everything I might need to help take care of my students during an emergency including food and water that will last for five years, first aid kit, and other emergency provisions.
As teachers we learn that in order to learn our students must have their basic needs met first.
My project aims to help meet the basic need of safety, especially during an emergency. By having these supplies in my classroom, I can hopefully make a very scary situation a little less so for my students. Please consider helping my students "see the light!"
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