BENEFITING: THE BOSTON EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Feb 01, 2013
Hi, I’d like to introduce a local cause that can help all of our futures. You may have heard about the budget cuts facing our public schools. I have decided to help one of these schools and sponsor the kids in one of these classrooms in need. As a Mather Classroom Champion I am dedicated to help raise funds for Karen King's 2nd grade class. Let me introduce you to the Mather and Ms. King and I hope you’ll see why I have decided to get involved.
America’s first elementary school.
The Mather Elementary School, is the first public elementary school in North America, located in the historic Meeting House Hill neighborhood of Dorchester. The recession has taken a serious toll on the Mather and all Boston Public Schools. Over the past two years, budget cuts have left classrooms in need of materials and supplies – let alone Smartboards and other educational technology.
Meet Karen King
Karen King is in her 25th year at the Mather where she currently teaches second grade. What impresses her most about her students is their enthusiasm. “My students are very high spirited! I am constantly amazed how they work so well with one another and know to respect each others’ ideas and opinions,” she says.
Ms. King values the close relationship she has with the Mather staff and faculty. In particular, she admires how each teacher, as well as the staff that supports them, is dedicated to improving the teaching/education process. However, she notes that budget cuts have really impacted her own professional development. “Because of the cuts, coaching and small group instructions didn’t happen for me or my students. Opportunities to work with math coaches or literacy coaches really help me think about my teaching practices and how I can apply new methods to make positive changes for student enrichment.”
She hopes that contributions from the Mather Classroom Champions will provide much-needed classroom materials, supplies and technology, including, an updated world map, an AV screen, computers, a Smartboard – including the professional development to go along with it, and software to reinforce math and reading skills. Ms. King also cites the need for more experiential learning opportunities for students, such as art and theater programs. It would be great to have a theater arts program for our students…I would even give some of my own money to make that happen!”
Here’s how you can help:
• Make a tax-deductible donation today.
• Encourage your friends and family to make a donation.
• Sign up to volunteer by contacting Principal Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you can help me raise the funds to bridge the gap in funding in Ms King's class. Any contributions will help. See the list below for how your contribution can help. Thank you. Jack Pelletier