My students need 30 iPad minis with cases - one for each child to use with their family before, during, and after school.
Last year, I had the immense honor of watching parents and grandparents learn to read and write along side their children. How did this happen? Our classroom had the good fortune to be loaned 30 iPads for the school year. This year - NO iPads! How will everyone learn how to read this year?
My students come from very low-income families; majority living with 2-3 families in single apartment.
Many of the parents are working more than one job just to survive. Our local food bank delivers backpacks of food to the kids so they have food for weekends. During the week, we ensure every child has a minimum of two meals (school breakfast and school lunch). Some of my families grew up on rancheros deep in Mexico and did not attend school at all; others grew up in the United States but left school in junior high or high school. In spite of these challenges, having practically realized what lack of education poses in terms of adversities, my students and their families are more focused - not only on learning but going to college! My students will be the class of 2030! What a motivation to witness when families start knocking on the classroom door an hour before school, amazingly, to work on learning concepts. After school is out they are back again until late in the evening.
My students and their families face more problems in one day than most of us face in a life time. Notwithstanding, they are in class each every day ready to learn. My families line up an hour before school just to get in the classroom to make sure their children are learning the things they themselves did not have the opportunity for. I am requesting 30 iPad minis, one for each child to use in my classroom and with their family. I am also requesting durable protective cases and extended warranties since the iPad minis will be in the hands of 5 year olds each and every day.
My students enter school far behind the starting line. I work hard to give them every advantage to bring them to the same level as their peers. Together we can equalize the great education race.
Parents, grandparents and kindergarteners are using iPads daily to learn the alphabet, reading, math skills, and the world around us in general.
This requested iPad project would replace the iPad set that was so generously loaned to us this past year. With your help, we will not only send our kindergarten students to college but also satisfy the learning needs of so fired up parents and grandparents who verbalize their intentions to go to college themselves.
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