My students need basic supplies, including post-it notes, note pads, pens, rubber bands, pencils, and pencil sharpeners.
These are the sounds of a classroom in need of materials: "We're out of pencils!" (That statement can bring a math lesson to a dead stop.) "Can I have a sticky note for my reading log?" (Sorry, we've run out.) "My notebook is full." (You'll have to use scratch paper now.)
I teach in a working class and immigrant neighborhood.
Most of my fourth graders are learning English as a second language, some have special needs, and all of them love to learn. Our Title I school is an important safe haven for my kids, who are surrounded by poverty and gang activity.
With shrinking budgets in our school district, it's hard to know what resources will be available for teaching our students. I want my kids to have access to basic materials so we can focus on learning instead of looking for pencils and notepads. We will have various uses for these resources. For example, with the four color pens, my kids will edit their essays using color codes. They'll use the post-it sticky notes to make comments on their independent reading and transfer to reading logs. The little note pads will come in handy when they're doing interviews for research projects. We will use these materials all year long. We are asking for pens, pencils, post-it notes, pencil sharpeners, rubber bands, and note pads.
Thanks to your generous donation, my students will have the basic tools necessary to have a great year of learning.
We won't hear the comment, "We're out of pencils and paper," because we will always have these resources right in our hands. My students and I thank you!
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