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Mrs. Caldwell
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Starting The School Year Right

My students need three ring binders and pencil pouches to keep themselves organized throughout the school year.

My Students

My students are poverty stricken and do not have the tools they need to be successful scholars.

My students are sixth graders who live in an area of low income housing and violence on the streets.

They thirst for knowledge and yet seem to have given up on trying to succeed or care because of the many roadblocks before them. They parents work long hours and are often not home. My students are lucky if they have backpacks and pencils but the organizational tools that they need like binders and pencil pouches seem superfluous to their parents. Life is a daily struggle. My school provides both breakfasts and lunches at no cost for every student. We have some programs for gang prevention and weekly food backpacks to help those that are doing worse than others.

My Project

We are an "AVID" school. We are teaching them advancement via individual determination. Through this program the first steps to success is to be organized. To have the binders, pencil pouches, and items necessary to be a good scholar. We take them through how to use a binder, or to organize notes into two and three columns. We discuss the qualities of a scholar and what it takes to be college and career ready. With the binders and pencil pouches, students will be able to not only organize their studies but will also be able to transport homework, notes, and daily logs back and forth from home to school. Since the tools are just the first steps, we continue to teaching them different levels of questioning, Our school provides our students with agendas/planners which they record daily learning and homework in but the cost of the binders and the pencil pouches are a bit much for our school budget.

This donation will make a difference to the lives of my students because they will all have those tools, not just the few that can afford them.

They will start the school year feeling like scholars and with those feelings they will begin to believe they are scholars. With those feelings and beliefs, they have a better chance of bettering their lives and getting out of the community in which they live.

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Avery Durable View Binder with 2-Inch Slant Ring, Holds 8.5 x 11-Inch Paper, Black, 1 Binder (17031) • Amazon $7.99 32 $255.68
BAZIC Bright Color 3-Ring Pencil Pouch w/ Mesh Window, 6 pcs • Amazon $10.77 6 $64.62

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This project will reach 32 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 3 other donors.

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