I teach a self-contained special education class in an inner-city high school. My students are the ages of typical high school students, but they learn at about the Pre-K to 2nd-grade level. They absolutely love school and work hard every day. They are not the typical unaffected high school kids.
My school is in the Phoenix, AZ area.
The area is tough, but the school is absolutely wonderful. I have been a teacher here for 9 years. Students at the school, and particularly in my classroom, treat the classroom and teachers like a family away from home. Everyone involved in the educational process is proud of the work being done in my classroom.
I know it seems like journals are such a small thing, but in this case it is far from small. Not only do these journals help our students do an amazing thing, but due to the amount needed our club couldn't possibly fund it without DonorsChoose.
Every year, one of my colleagues and I organize a camp to help students open their minds and allow more love into their hearts.
We give them the tools for year-long reflections that help them see why they should do things like speak out against bullying, invite lonely/new students to join them at lunch, help out the students with special needs, and spread love across our campus of 3200 students. Each year, the program has grown and we have had to figure out ways to meet the challenges of that growth. On one hand, it's amazing that our message is able to spread to more students. On the other hand, it makes funding difficult. Our school is in one of the poorest areas of Phoenix, so almost no money comes in for clubs or extra curricular activities. Even our fundraisers are a bit limited because it's hard to raise funds outside of your general community.
I have been a part of this camp for 8 years now, and it has made a huge impact on so many lives. It is the largest organization on our campus, larger than student government, football, and band. It is SOLELY about making the school a more loving place.
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