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Mrs. C. from Weslaco TX is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Students as Community Leaders: Part II

The cost of a Sony camcorder is $509, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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This project expired on March 15, 2006.

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I am working with the math teacher on my school team to create and implement a community-based project with our seventh grade students. Many of our students live in neighborhoods, here in South Texas, that are called colonias. These neighborhoods are outside the city limits and do not need to abide my city zoning laws. As a result, colonias face some distinct health and economic problems. When surveyed through the math class, our families identified loose dogs, potholes, and speeding cars as problems that disrupt their daily lives. The roads often flood when it rains, and sometimes kids have to miss school because they can't leave their houses. Potholes cause car accidents and damage the transportation of already strapped families. My students want to change this. After identifying the problems, we are posing solutions to our county government. Students will be creating maps of the community, interviewing community members, writing letters to local government, and meeting with community leaders. I would like for them to have the opportunity to not only record what they see, but to video the conditions as well. They will bring the video camera with them as they interview people in th their neighborhoods. They will take the video camera onto the school bus and record the sounds and sights of the bus as they bump along our county oads. They wil use the video during their presentations as they pose solutions to our community leaders. I need access to a video camera that my students can use for community interviews and as a record of the conditions that they have identified. Ultimately the school is a place to pose and solve problems. It is my obligation as their teacher to ensure that as they learn the art of writing and the powers of persuasion that they have the best tools to do so in their hands. Please help my students create the change that they wish to see in the world.

Mrs. C.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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SONY DCRTRV460 CAMCORDER • Best Buy $379.00 1 $379.00

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