OT High School is filled with students from diverse backgrounds. We have refugee students, activist students, students in foster care, low income students, students on probation, high income students with stable families, etc.
Recently, Oakland Tech hosted a walk out in solidarity with the Oakland Education Association (OEA).
The purpose of the movement was to aid teachers in fighting for smaller class sizes, higher pay, and maintaining school nurses. This event brought out the whole school and Bay Area news broadcasters. Therefore pulling off an event such as this speaks volumes to the power behind our students because this shows how much they love and care about their teachers.
This also speaks volumes to the community because Oakland can be a tough area-- hit the wrong corner and end up in an uncomfortable situation, but travel up the hill where the giant mansions are and you wouldn't think Oakland is as bad as it seems. However, that isn't the case for most of our students. People that live in the hills look down on low income neighborhoods both literally and figuratively. Students at Tech are constantly fighting street life, while going to a school that seems separated race and class.
The majority of my students come from low-income communities. This year alone we had 72 students admitted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and 32 students who were admitted to UC Berkeley. These are record numbers for our school and being that both of these schools are heavily impacted we are proud that our students have been able to achieve such a milestone. With that said, many of our students do not have the resources they'll need in college so by providing a few of them with a laptop and printer will make their transition that much easier. With all of their hard work they have showcased thus far, we fill that it is only right to give back to them with they things they will need most.
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