Ms. Yang's First Year Classroom!
Organized by: Jean Yang
Jenny puts on her new dress and steps into the grassy courtyard of her school. She has a wonderful new 4th grade teacher who is loving, patient, and kind. Her classroom is filled with painting materials, science laboratory tools, hands-on math games, and a set of classroom computers. During recess, she has a healthy snack and plays on the grass, then she attends art and music lessons.
Oscar also puts on his new outfit and heads to school. But his school is concrete, surrounded by gates and bars. His 3rd grade classroom is small and overcrowded, with 32 other classmates and only 28 desks. In front of him lays only paper, pencil, and a few old textbooks. Oscar is forced to learn by memorization and repetition. Art and music are luxuries never associated with school, and no student has ever touched a computer. During recess he sits on the bench, waiting for the school to fundraise enough money for yard equipment.
I was lucky enough to go to the first school. My students next year go to the second.
As a first year teacher next year, I will be teaching more than THIRTY 5th graders in a low-income community with many high-needs students. My school is very low on funding and I cannot purchase the following materials:
1. A Classroom Library (Now they only read textbooks)
2. Science Laboratory sets (for real hands-on learning)
3. Math Tools (shapes, graph paper, protractors)
4. Yard Equipment (hoola hoops, soccer balls, frisbees)
5. Art and Music (so they'll discover a world beyond just reading)
Donate even $1. Anything. ANYTHING will help.