My students are eager to learn but don't always have the supplies needed. More than 50% of my students are from low income families. Some are homeless, come from single parent homes, are parents themselves and/or military families. Some have rare diseases or diseases that need more attention than a pencil. I also work with students in an evening school program who need to help their families during the day and to prevent complete drop out, they attend school in the evenings and some Saturdays.
The use of paper and pencils is a daily activity in my Algebra classroom. The use of whiteboards and expo markers allow me to see exactly what they are doing, as well as provide an easy place for them to show and share their work. What becomes a problem is the fact that the markers and pencils never seem to last and erasers seem to disappear. When something goes awry, students know that they can always ask for a pencil or paper. By having pencils, paper and other supplies ready for students we will be able to avoid all of these problems and focus on increasing their learning!
By donating to our project, you will not only help to improve and increase student attention and focus, you will ultimately help to increase their academic achievement.
Students will be able to simply focus on the academic material at hand, and not whether their materials are going to work or not. These pencils and supplies will show my students someone cares for them by providing the pencils with no strings attached to be successful on their daily lessons and in life. The pencils help me by removing a source of conflict and stress from my class.
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