My students are the most creative, outspoken and energetic students in the building, however, my group of students are the most overlooked in any public school environment.
The students that I work with are individuals with other health impairments as well as emotional and/or behavior disabilities that qualify them for the most restrictive placement in school buildings.
My students are among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged, with 100% of the school's students receiving free breakfast, lunch and transportation. In 2016 the community was shaken into a state of civil unrest that continues to affect social, emotional and academics of the students today.
Because of the high amount of trauma and disappointment that my students face, it is important that they have the resources needed to be successful in the classroom every day whether or not they are able to access them without help. Any students who struggles academically should be among the first to receive the most basic materials needed to bridge academic gaps.
I have no extreme requests for my classroom. In this project I am asking for pencils, paper, erasers, glue, crayons, tape, etc. These resources, though basic, are difficult for underprivileged children to acquire without assistance. Every child in my classroom is an at-risk, underprivileged youth who has come short of having at the least, one of, and at the most, all of these items at one point or another within the last two school years. Without paper and pencils, the most basic of academic needs, it is not easy for students to practice strategies or share ideas literally.
Every child has a right to be brilliant!
But can a child flourish in poetry without a pen to put to paper? Can they embrace a love for reading without books? Who is at fault when a child isn't given the opportunity to flourish to his or her greatest abilities? Giving these children the most basic resources needed to learn will not ensure that they will grow up to be brilliant. However, neglecting to equip them with the materials needed will guaranty that they might not be able to.
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