I teach three seventh grade classes of English Language Arts. Our school is located in an area of high poverty. For the first time in years, I am teaching two general education classes and one inclusion class. I intend to make sure that every day counts and students leave with a new idea in their minds!
They live in an urban setting with a high poverty level.
Most start the year out bright and excited with supplies, but by December they are begging for pencils. Their supplies have dried up, and they would rather spend their money on treats than pencils.
My students NEED pencils. There are no ands, ifs, or buts about that. Pencils will be used daily. I can't teach a successful lesson if the kids don't have anything to write with--that's a fact! I will sharpen enough pencils in the morning, and students can trade or borrow them. That way I have no disruptions in the lesson.
I will never have to tell I child I don't have a pencil for him or her.
Through DonorsChoose.org, I have not had to say "NO" in almost two years. The trading has been a very successful and I have manage to not run out on pencils, but today I opened my last box.
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