My students live in a rural Utah town in a low-income neighborhood. Hardworking parents often don't know how, or don't have time to fully support learning at home. Frequently, the effects of poverty manifest in a child's ability to focus and tune out distractions, a skill needed for learning.
My students love learning and are committed to building a better future through hard work and practice!
Title I schools face the challenges of poverty that other schools do not. Research is documenting the impact that poverty has on education. Nearly 60% of students in our school receive free or reduced-price meals. A third are native Spanish speakers. My students need a school that understands their special challenges and intervenes to help.
We are preparing today's students for the jobs of tomorrow. Essentially, we are teaching students the ways to think critically and not just training them on vocational skills. I do not even know what jobs we will need in thirty years, but I do know that they need to read, do math, think analytically, and problem solve.
All teachers know that a child's access to greater learning is through well developed reading skills. My biggest worry working at a Title I school (two thirds of your students qualify for free lunch) during the Covid 19 school closures, is that my students won't have books to read. The books I sent home with students at the beginning have long been read. The pandemic continues to require distancing, and these families are losing work hours or being laid off. These students urgently need books in their hands to keep them reading and to give them something to break up their screen time.
With libraries shuttered and family incomes stressed, my students desperately need an infusion of reading materials: THEY NEED BOOKS.
Few of these families can afford to purchase books for one child, not to mention multiple children needing a book a week. Keep children reading by providing books for students. I live in the school neighborhood and can ensure delivery to each reader.
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