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Mrs. Suarez
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Lock It Up!

My students need a locking cabinet to secure our classroom library from theft.

My Students

My challenge right now is the task of protecting classroom materials from recent break-ins around our campus. Local vandals have figured out how to break into classrooms by forcing the old 1955 breezeway windows open. A tall locking cabinet would block some of those windows and secure valuables.

My students are likely to come from high levels of poverty.

They don't have functioning families. It's very rare if a student has both parents around, and it's rare if the adults in the family are clean and sober. Some of my students come from foster care. A high percent have brothers, cousins, uncles, or fathers in prison. There is something about the neighborhood here that breeds dysfunction. Now, imagine the high school where I work. Teachers feed the kids, buy all the essential school supplies, provide free tutoring and SSR books. I've even known of 2 teachers on my campus who were doing laundry for a young man because his family was living in a garage and couldn't afford his laundry. With that kind of desperation, reading and education is not a priority, it's an afterthought. Over the last 5 years, I've gathered a small library of high interest books through special teacher discounts and through this website. I can't afford to lose what I've got. I need a cabinet that locks.

My Project

Part of this project will work towards making my classroom a destination for learning. By moving 2 inefficient bookshelves out of my room, I hope to free up the floor space for a small bank of computer work stations. With those items secure and out of the way, we don't have to worry about our belongings over the summer months when Adult Education classes (rehab) use our rooms. Anything not glued down will walk off. Believe me, I've learned the hard way. Administrators do not always have the resources to reimburse for those losses. It's better to be safe than sorry.

It may not seem like an exciting thing - a cabinet that locks.

In my world, it's a huge expense. I can't afford to pay for that myself on top of all the other supplies I regularly purchase.

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Sandusky Lee KDE7236-05 Dove Gray Steel SnapIt Storage Cabinet, Keyless Electronic Lock, 4 Adjustable Shelves, 72" Height x 36" Width x 18" Depth • Amazon $349.02 1 $349.02

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 180 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 2 other donors.

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