Being a child in the Bronx present many challenges. Some of these kids come from shelters, low-income listing, single family homes, etc. This is the sad reality when immigrant students come from other countries. With that said, they are aware of the sacrifices their families have made to ensure that they have a chance to succeed. Therefore, they all work hard in the classroom setting. Most of my students come from the Carribean, south and Central America. One of the greatest qualities they possess is empathy. The see everyone as an equal, no matter what country, skin color or disability. I have seen the impact literacy has had in the lives of these students who come to this country not knowing the language, as well as being unable to read in both English or their native language. This setup will give these students a boost and appreciation in literacy. P.S. 94 strives to do everything we can to make sure that our kids have a second home.
Considering the fact that we live in a city with huge disparities when it comes to socioeconomic status, certain schools such as ours do not have the basic necessities to thrive or something to truly be excited about. Creating a reading oasis that every class should have, is just a start to help our children become even more excited about reading...to have a place to call their own. As a public school teacher, I’m aware that funds are allocated as best as they can by our principals. Unfortunately, certain areas get the short end of the stick. It’s sad that some neighborhoods would not have to make this plea, but I have no shame in doing so. With your donations, we would be getting a carpet area, with bean bags and pillows, where a child can be comfortable when reading. We will also put good use to the extra bookshelves you will help us get as well!
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