More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Pack It Up!
My students need sturdy backpacks to travel from home to school.
My school is located in an urban area. The school has an estimated enrollment of four hundred students for the 2017-2018 school year, in grades TK-5, with fifteen classrooms. Additionally, we house a state pre-k program. About 92.5% of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, and 48% are English language learners. At our school, forty-six percent of the students are Latino, thirty-five percent are African-American, ten percent are Asian and three percent are Filipino.
The school has established a culture of continuous school improvement and has a team of teachers, parents and administrators who are committed to creating the best possible learning environment for students.
Teachers meet weekly for a sixty-minute period during the workday, in their professional learning community, to analyze student performance data, and to set goals and share instructional strategies. These teacher teams follow a developed agenda and use protocols and defined roles to manage the meetings. These meetings are my school's cornerstone for building a professional learning community and improving student achievement.
Do you remember back-to-school shopping with a parent as a child? I do, and I can remember that one of the things I loved most was picking out a new backpack for the year. A new backpack made me feel secure with all of my things safely put away during the school day, but it also was a point of pride for me. I would set it out every night with my homework inside, anticipating all the learning for the next school day. Sadly, my childhood experience is not a reality for many of our students.
Many of our students experience daily anxiety because they do not have a steady, reliable backpack with which to travel to and from school.
They can't keep track of their homework or school supplies; they are constantly in a state of worry about how to store their things. They don't have the security and pride that a well-made school bag can provide.
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