My 30 students need class subscriptions to two magazines, Scholastic News and TIME For Kids, to learn and understand how what is happening in the world will affect them.
When I read the story of Helen Keller, I was inspired by Anne Sullivan who taught Helen. That is why I am a teacher today and why I NEED to teach in an inner city school. My students need to read to achieve success in their lives so they, too, can prosper and give a better life to their future children.
Our school is a low income Title 1 school.
We are about 2 miles from Football Stadium in Miami. Many of my students look to me to help feed them, clothe them (I buy them prom clothes from Goodwill) and even to love and hug them. They have never read a whole book. They don't know basic nursery rhymes. Many are growing up with grandparents because many dads are in jail and moms are on drugs or have died from high cancer rates.
Each day is promising and yet filled with new problems that I have to attend to first before we can work. I spend a lot of time at garage sales to find gifts for students who would otherwise never see a new toy. We make holiday ornaments for them to decorate their bedrooms if they have one. Students are below 3rd grade reading level and can't think of a future outside of their neighborhood. I try to give them popcorn Fridays and play some music when they walk in to help captivate their attention. They are quite despondent about life and what is out there for them.
When we read an article from a magazine or newspaper that I bring in, we find music (songs) that pertain to the moral of the story. We discuss problems and solutions. I teach them to speak in complete sentences to describe what they are doing.
My students need a class subscription to two magazines, Scholastic News and TIME For Kids, to learn and understand how what is happening in the world will affect them. Students need the magazines to inspire them to read, learn and achieve in the future. Students will read articles from these magazines and create posters depicting what they learned and new vocabulary words that they have discovered. The students enjoy outsmarting their peers. Right now I have a poster with a brain on it for when they can outsmart me. They sign their names on the board. My students don't have any other means of learning about science, social studies or values and morals.
These magazines will inspire the students to read, learn and be creative. This engages them in working cooperatively and independently. Our school does not have the resources to purchase the magazines for the students.
Donors will be touching the lives of children they don't know.
These children are our future. There can be no greater gift than to say, "That child became independent because of me." Students walk out of my class happy and excited. They can't wait to tell science teachers or other teachers what they just learned or how to spell specific words they didn't know. More importantly, the students are learning that respect and nonviolence is a happier way to live and grow.
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