The student population in our district is at an 89% poverty rate. The population is extremely transient; students are coming to our area from New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Many students have one or both of their parents serving jail time and are living with a relative or in foster care.
Many of the students in our school district are unique in that they come from areas of poverty and decay, but continue to have the desire to succeed.
They come to school every day, despite their adversities.
We try to make our school a safe haven for those who do not have one. Unfortunately, that becomes a greater burden on all as public school funding is at an all-time low, especially for inner-city schools.
Our students do not necessarily have much enthusiasm when it comes to reading. In the past, however, I have found that using Scholastic Classroom Magazines as a supplement really brings excitement into the classroom. The nonfiction articles are always timely and well written. They also help in leading excellent discussions between the students. It is worth noting that the activities that accompany each article and story in Scope Magazine are aligned to our state standards. In closing, if you choose to help fund this project, please know that your money will go a long way in helping our students to appreciate reading for pleasure.
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