As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to help the students end their elementary experience with an experience they will never forget.
I teach at a Title I school in Florida where 100 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch.
They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention. Many of them are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical". From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hopeful to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic and healthy living.
At my elementary school, every student in every classroom receives free breakfast and lunch every day of the year. Many of our students do not get to eat unless they show up for school that day. The average size household family is 5! That is many mouths to feed and take care of. We want to make this year have a special and memorable ending to it for everyone.
We want to give the students an experience of a lifetime.
This field trip will act as an educational experience and allowing students to explore space in the real-world. We want our students to know that their are so many opportunities for the students. More than 85% of our students parents do not have a job, or work at a fast food chain. I want my students to know of other job careers and starting their path early. My students love Science and want to do everything that involves it, I want them to get this adventure and build their wants for more Science in their lives.
At Kennedy Space Center the students will be able to have a hands on experience with astronaut outfits, see and ask questions about old rockets and their missions, explore and understand space and the planets distances from each other, and overall, end their year with a smile on their face in a educational setting.
Giving our students this trip will mean the world to them, and a memory they will always cherish. Please help us to achieve this goal and develop more scientists in the world. Start them young and build their interests!
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