I work at a special education school, serving emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, and other special education classified students. Our students come from low socio-economic backgrounds. Over 95% of the student body is eligible for free lunch, and more than 90% receive public assistance.
My students have exceptional abilities, and with the proper accommodations and modifications, they truly thrive in our school setting. These kids are afforded smaller classroom ratios, personalized attention, and a myriad of specially certified providers that assist in their overall development.
My students would love to experience a live animal presentation from The Nature of Things. They are fascinated with how other animals live and communicate with each other. Having this visit will allow my students to interact with some of the animals we discuss in class. The hands-on curriculum is integrated to include language arts, simple mathematics, as well as science. The Nature of Things introduces nature-related vocabulary and material in a supportive environment for both participants and staff members. Best of all, my pupils will learn about animal care, anatomy, and behavior – all things that will advance their classroom learning.
Some of my students have expressed interest in working with animals in the future, either working in a zoo or veterinarian's office. This class visitor will show my students how many different careers exist around their interests.
In Their Own Words
Hi, my name is Rachel! My friends and I want to spend as much time as possible with animals. Some of us have pets at home, but some can't because of building regulations. We love playing with the snakes and gerbils in class, but we always want more! We all decided we want to have a classroom visitor and spend time with the creatures we love and adore. Sometimes animals are the truest friends a person can have.
I will happily take charge of this class visitor experience. Our families and friends will surely want to hear more about the visit from The Nature of Things, so I'll write about our experience on the school's website. I'm also going to help my teacher plan the visit, and we will write thank-you notes to all our donors. Last but not least, I plan to be the photographer of the experience. We will have a lasting record of our time with the animals, and you'll love the pictures!
Our problem is this: we never have money to go anywhere or do anything. Most of us live in low-income housing, foster homes, group homes, or shelters, and our teachers are always spending money on us. With this Donors Choose proposal, we won't need to ask our families or teachers to pay for our classroom visitor. It gives other people a chance to help us out, and so many probably don't know that a little goes a long way. Please help us get this hands-on learning opportunity.
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