The middle school where I am proud to teach serves almost 1500 students in grades five through eight. We are located in northern New Jersey and are the largest public school district in Bergen County. We are extraordinarily diverse, with children from over 45 countries currently enrolled in our school.
Many of our kids are first-generation immigrants who are eager to take part in the American Dream, but since the majority of our students come from hard-working families where the parents are working two or three jobs just to make ends meet, the kids do not have access to technological resources that will adequately prepare them for the 21st Century workforce.
As a Title I School, all students are eligible for free breakfast and free or reduced rate lunch, due to their parents' socioeconomic status. Our student body is 64% Hispanic, and 26% Black/African-American; nearly 55% of our children do not speak English at home.
My kids are hungry to learn and frequently take advantage of extra opportunities offered to them to improve their studies, even during their lunch periods or after school. They are our future, and from where I sit, it couldn't look brighter!
Recently, we acquired an inkjet printer to create debit cards for our financial literacy class. Unfortunately, I forgot to order the carrier tray in which to place the cards for printing. So that, along with some colored pencils, cases, and sharpeners to help facilitate group learning projects.
We need additional supplies to make this project come to life, including a printer carrier tray, inkjet printable PVC cards, and general supplies to use during our marketing project.
Everything is just about ready to go, but without these additional materials, our project will be a bust, since we have no way to get the cards to print without the extra carrier tray!
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