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Ms. Basile's Technology Quest

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THE STORY:

As you may know, I am currently in my first year as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher here in Chelsea, MA. What is unique about my class, apart from being incredibly adorable, is that all of my students are English Language Learners or ELLs, from all around the world. My class is made up mostly of Spanish-speaking students from countries like El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Peru, and Puerto Rico. In addition, I have students from Nepal and even Iraq. This diverse group, all of whom have been in the country for less than a year, are working incredibly hard to acquire English, while simultaneously learning math, writing, reading, social studies, and everything else your average first and second graders learn.

The challenge of not understanding English makes this an especially difficult task for my students, but despite their struggles, all 15 of my kids have risen to the challenge and are working incredibly hard. One of the most fundamental way to reach English Language Learners, though, is through hands-on, interactive lessons, where they can really access the material and the content. To make this a more evident part of my classroom and my students' learning, I am looking to raise money for a SMART Board.

For those of you who aren't familiar with what a SMART Board is, it is an interactive whiteboard, which allows classroom notes and ideas to be projected onto the board, while also interactively engaging students and allowing them to become a real and integral part of the learning process.

The problem is, these things are quite expensive, as you might imagine, and my teacher's salary just won't cut it. That's where you come in! Even the smallest of donations, which can be made right here on this website, would be so helpful in our quest to acquire the most advanced and most helpful technology my kids could ask for.

Thank you so much for reading this and for considering my cause. Any amount would be appreciated (seriously - like $5!!!!). Thank you again and thank you from some of the most adorable 6, 7, and 8 year olds from around the world.

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