As an Arts Integration School with TurnAround Arts , Binford Middle is a magical place. Our administration bends over backwards for us! This doesn't change the fact that we are inner city and have all of the challenges that come along with that. As teachers, we make the decision to not ask for small things so we can eventually have the roof replaced, or boiler fixed, or anything else that comes with a 100 year old building. We recieve funding from a variety of grants and donors for amazing things like future roof-top gardens and ukuleles for our clubs. However, the basic school supplies that are typically provided by the students are in short supply. Many of our students lack the funding to provide supplies or lack the transportation to get what they need. I want to take the emphasis off of what they lack so they can focus on everything else that is truly amazing.
In our class, we create our own interactive notebooks. We don't have enough textbooks for each student to have one to take home (I have 27 - total - and 95 students), so we make our own way of studying! This requires a lot of glue! And paper! And notebooks! And scissors! I'm truly talking the basics.
As little as $500 will make it possible for the 6th grade team to buy the supplies we need so that each student has what they need!
Our students spend a lot of time thinking about things only adults should worry about. Such as, will my phone be cut off, where is dinner coming from, how am I going to get to school if the car is broken, why was the electricty turned off, where am I sleeping tonight, etc.
Please help us out so we can take one thing off the list: How am I going to get my school supplies ?
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