My students are from all over the area, but brought together by intellectual gifts and commitment to academic achievement at an inner-city school boasting the top ranking in Missouri public schools.
Our International Baccalaureate school serves a high poverty community, but boasts a 100% graduation rate, acceptance to prestigious universities and programs, and a top ranking among all public schools in our state.
That success is due to the impressive commitment of both faculty and community. Students at this high poverty school understand the difference an excellent education will make in their lives and the dedication it will take to earn it.
My students graduate prepared to succeed in an ever-changing world because we work in a school encouraging curiosity, collaboration, and compassion. That said, we also face challenges of socioeconomic status: we are a high poverty school with limited resources.
Not all of my students have access to printers at home or have devices to read electronic documents, so sometimes they have to scramble to print assignments, waiting in line in the library or trying multiple printers when one jams or runs out of toner/paper. Offering printing in my classroom means they can more easily access readings and handouts and share their work with each other to get feedback.
Access to printer toner will mean my literature, Spanish, and debate students will have an easier way to get their assignments and share their work with one another.
We would be able to print readings, handouts, and student work, as well as improving equity and access to resources.
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