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Ms. Pamela Santerre from Norwich CT is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The 2020 TRMC Yearbook: A Vision Becoming Reality

Help me give my students photo studio equipment to capture professional-level images for the 2020 Yearbook!

  • $545 goal

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My Students

At our school, students take dual-credit college courses when they demonstrate the academic skills and habits of mind needed to be successful. The students in my class are not ready yet because they struggle with coming to school (missing an average of 2 days/week), have failed multiple classes in the past/are credit deficient, and some have been involved with the juvenile justice system in the past.

As a result, students in this class are students who are not yet reading & writing at the level needed for college-level English classes and/or who have not yet demonstrated personal accountability, grit, or work habits needed to be successful in college.

With past classes, not going to college classes has felt like a punishment and led to pervasive disengagement by those already below grade level and at risk. I asked students for input on how I could increase their engagement and they asked for a voice in how they will develop the necessary skills, including independent research, critical thinking, teamwork, college-level reading, and argumentative writing.

My Project

For 6 years, our Yearbook Club has provided a high-quality, low-cost yearbook to our small student body. Because of the small size of our school, we essentially self-publish our yearbook due to the minimum order requirements that the larger, more-mainstream companies impose. This means that we do not have access to the software and equipment provided by these companies.

Help us improve the quality of our yearbook by funding upgrades to our equipment including backdrops, a light ring, SD cards as well as replacements for older equipment including new charging cables, batteries, and carrying cases.

In addition, we would like walkie talkies so that we can communicate as a staff when we are covering events, as there is minimal cell phone coverage in our school.

This year, our club's goal is to build a social media following on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and SnapChat to showcase our learning community's academics, events and accomplishments to our families and friends not only at our school, but in our regional school district and around the world, including in Syria, Hong Kong, and Puerto Rico. We would like to also build this social media presence to market our yearbook to local businesses in order to encourage them to advertise with us and bring the prices of our yearbook down to be affordable for all of our families.

As a magnet high school, our students choose to come to us from all over New London County. Using this new equipment, we will create a higher-quality photo and video yearbook and social media presence that we will also use to market our school to prospective students and families to show them how incredible of an experience and opportunity our school is !

Ms. Pamela Santerre
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 65 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Retevis RT22 Walkie Talkies Rechargeable Hands Free UHF Channel Lock 2 Way Radios Two-Way Radio(6 Pack) with 6 Way Multi Gang Charger • Amazon Business $109.99 1 $109.99
Neewer Ring Light Kit:18"/48cm Outer 55W 5500K Dimmable LED Ring Light, Light Stand, Carrying Bag for Camera,Smartphone,YouTube,Self-Portrait Shooting • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Camera and Accessories - 11 x 6 x 15 Inches, Black • Amazon Business $29.28 2 $58.56
Emart 8.5 x 10 ft Photo Backdrop Stand, Adjustable Photography Muslin Background Support System Stand for Photo Video Studio • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
BM Premium 2 EN-EL12 Batteries & Dual Charger for Nikon Coolpix A1000 B600 W300 A900 AW100 AW110 AW120 AW130 S6300 S8100 S8200 S9050 S9200 S9300 S9400 S9500 S9700 S9900 P330 P340 KeyMission 170, 360 • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
HONSKY 5 Set 22 Slot SD CF SDHC SDXC MMC Micro SD Camera CompactFlash SecureDigital Memory Card Carrying Cases Holder Wallet Bag for Media Storage Organization - Black, Purple, Blue, Grey, Green • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Allenjoy 7x5ft Gold Glitter Paint Backdrop for Photography Astract Golden Bokeh Spot Starry Sky Wedding Adult Baby Children Family New Year Party Decor Portrait Shooting Photo Studio Booth • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
SJOLOON 5x7ft Vinyl Photography Background Nostalgia Wood Floor Rustic Photography Backdrop Baby Newborn Photo Studio Props JLT10359 • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
Werkryt MFi Certified iPhone Charger Lightning Cable 5 Pack [3/3/6/6/10FT] Extra Long Nylon Braided USB Charging & Syncing Cord Compatible iPhone 11/Xs/Max/XR/X/8/8Plus/7/7Plus/6S/6S Plus/SE/iPad/Nan • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
IPOW iPad Tripod Mount Adapter Universal Tablet Clamp Holder Fits Ipad, Ipad Air, Ipad Mini, Microsoft Surface, Nexus and Most Tablets, Use on Tripod, Monopod, Selfie Stick, Tabletop Tripod Stand Etc • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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