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"Want to Change the World?"

$2,660 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 18 months
Students who live in low-income situations  experience remarkable stress: lack of a print-rich environment, lack of food security, lack of safe shelter, lack of available resources of all kinds, and definitely the lack of up-to-date technology-the proficiency with which is necessary in virtually every home and workplace.  

The chronic toxic stresses that are a result of living in poverty actually have the power to change the developing brain.

The issues: not having enough, not feeling worthy enough, and not knowing how to obtain and utilize the tools needed for future endeavors.

If these issues not addressed, they can have devastating effects on a child, a family, and a community.

I have spent more than 30 years teaching students of low-SES status. I have made it my personal and career goal to give students tools-educational, emotional, practical and whimsical-to navigate their way through the stresses that are inherent in poverty. 

The good news: just as the brain can be negatively affected by chronic stress, it can also be positively charged with new patterns of thought.

I am looking to provide more positive patterns and experiences to my students and with your help, my students will  start the new school fully equipped to embark on the journey toward success!

Within the last couple of years, I discovered the Google Apps for Education, now known as G-Suite. I went to trainings and educated myself, eventually testing for and receiving a Level 1 Google Certified Educator Certificate, because I saw in this platform the perfect solution to my students get the digital experience they need-at no cost to them.

ANY student can use Google on any device; even a cell phone will do when there's no tablet or computer available. As their work is stored 'in the cloud,' students can access their work/homework/projects from anywhere.  The apps are free. They are user friendly. They include an endless number of education-friendly platforms. They also provide the basic 'office' programs for word-processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, and note-taking.  Google has taken steps to level the playing field when it comes to equitable opportunity for all students.

I'm planning to purchase, through your generosity, 10 Google Chromebooks (still price-checking; the average I'm finding for a classroom-sturdy model is about $300) for my classroom. I will teach my students to effectively use the G-Suite of apps in a variety of situations.

The Chromebooks will allow my students to research, to gather and disseminate data, to create presentations, and to use Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies in real-world applications.  They will learn basic coding skills. The best part is that whether or not they have computers at home, they will be as close to their projects as the nearest cell phone or library. 

If we can start the new school year (August 2017) with these Chromebooks, 

*My students will no longer find the lack of a home      computer to be a hindrance to their learning.

*My students will be able to work collaboratively with each other, in and out of the classroom.

*My students will take real-world skills with them all the way through high school and beyond, as our District has adopted the Google Platform.

*My students will have at least two fewer obstacles:

1) the tangible one of not having devices upon which they can learn the same skills as easily and proficiently as their middle-class peers, and

2) the social-emotional deficit that comes from feeling unworthy of the same opportunities as those who are more financially privileged.  

My name is Robin Frisella and I am the Teacher of the Gifted at Tangelo Park Elementary School in Orlando, Florida. My passion is giving kids every possible chance to successfully make their way in this world, so they can change the world for the better.  

YOU can change the world for the better by donating to the purchase of these devices for my classroom. I hope you'll join me in this endeavor. What's better than being a world-changer? 

I submit: not much. 

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Hi, everyone,
We are less than 1200 dollars from the goal! On behalf of some deserving students, I extend my heartfelt gratitude. I was at a training this past week and saw the incredible resources that are online from NASA and PBS, to name a couple. Imagine my students in a Google video Hangout with engineers at NASA, interviewing them about the Orion program, then creating a multimedia presentation to show their understanding, and add their own creative ideas on how to solve a particular challenge NASA may be working on! We can do that. Imagine these students leaving at the end of 5th grade possessing all the skills needed to function in a digital world.

I heard a story recently about a local engineering magnet in a high school. The students in poverty who were accepted into this program all dropped out of the magnet during the first year-they couldn't keep up because of their lack of experience and lack of materials out of school when it came to technology.

They won't need a 'home computer' with the Google apps they learn to use on these Chromebooks! All their work will be available to them on any device, be it a tablet, Mom's smartphone, or the local library computers. Just imagine what this project will do for these kids.

I'm not talking about tech for the sake of tech. This is not about going to websites and playing learning games. I'm planning on giving the students tools which will allow them to research, do problem-solving, and create products-in activities that are 'real-world' compatible.
Please help if you are so moved, and PLEASE share this campaign. Thank you~
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Hi, everyone,
Thanks to your generosity, I have been able to procure half the Chromebooks I'm working toward today. I picked them up and returned home to learn that, as my son aptly put it, "Orlando lost a best friend."
Billy Manes was a gift to the world; he was a steadfast champion of the underdog, the underserved, the underrepresented.
I will accept any future donations to this fund in honor of a friend who had more passion and empathy in his little finger than most of us get to feel in a lifetime. Thank you, Billy, for fighting for right in this town. Your passing has moved me to do more, and more, and more-with you as an example of how to do it.
I won't use this loss to ask for donations. I will ask you to share the campaign again if you would...in honor of a "Best Friend" to our bright and beautiful city, which is a little less bright and will always be a skitch less beautiful without him.
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I'm ridiculously excited-and filled with gratitude-at our progress so far! Having reached and surpassed the halfway mark, I'm confident that this will motivate more potential donors and create some momentum so we can fully fund this project and create a 1:1 device classroom in Room 107! Thanks to all of my current "Partners in Education"-won't you share this campaign and help us find some more like-minded and compassionate people like you?
Best,
Robin
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