My students come to school ready to learn and compete, but many do not have the materials they need to succeed.
The problem is our school district is high poverty.
Many students do not have the necessary supplies, resources, or support needed for success. Our school district has limited funds available to classroom teachers. DonorsChoose.org has become a staple, providing much-needed resources to ensure my students have the items needed for classroom success and beyond. Without these projects, my urban students would not have what they need to prepare for high school and college.
My students are finishing a unit on genocide where we have learned about the Holocaust and Rwanda. We talk about compassion and tolerance in this unit and the importance of kindness.
The concept of "Paying It Forward" often comes up in our classroom discussions.
We discuss how simple gestures can take a negative attitude and change it to a positive. If our whole world treated others with compassion, it would be a great place every day!
My students want to write notes on wrappers they design on candy bars to distribute to those having a "bad day". They want to pay forward kindness and bring smiles to the faces of those who are down!
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