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Lend a Hand for Learning

Organized by: Haley Petersen

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I wake up feeling like I won the lottery everyday, because I work at a school with the world's most incredible students. I teach nearly 120, brilliant, lovable, respectful 6th graders and future scientists. Of those students four in particular have shown the drive, dedication and passion that it takes to succeed in a STEM career. They have all of the tools and all of the motivation necessary to be something really special and to create opportunities that will impact their futures and our society's future in a major way.

The goal is for each my four amazing students to go to a STEM summer camp. Not only do they want to learn during their summer break, instead of posting up and watching 3 months worth of TV, they are willing to work relentlessly - filling out applications, asking for donations, and holding bake sales - to ensure that they have the resources to realize their dreams and to realize their full academic potential.

The problem? I teach at a low-income school. Nearly 75% of our student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch. We just fall under the mark for Title I funding. My students families and my school do not have the resources or the financial ability to send my students to a STEM summer camp without a little bit of help from you. This is really important. While summer learning loss is a problem for all students, it disproportionately affects students from low-income backgrounds. Further, if we look at the STEM field, we will see a stark lack of diversity. One of the primary contributing factors as to whether or not minority students successfully pursue a STEM career is whether or not they had an advocate who helped them access STEM opportunities outside of the classroom in middle school or high school.

My students have the potential to become the next Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the next Albert Einstein, or to be someone even greater whom we can't even fathom, because we're waiting for my students to become it. Please, please, please look inside of yourself and give whatever you can to my group of really miraculous kids. A little goes a long way.

Thank you for your support!



1% Raised of $3,000 Goal

  • Colleen Petersen


  • Beth Sterling-De Young


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Haley Petersen

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Donor Comments

Beth Sterling-De Young

Beth Sterling-De Young


We don't have much right now, but there are SO many who have even less. These kids deserve a chance to change the world! 4 years ago

Colleen Petersen

Colleen Petersen


4 years ago

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