It has been a difficult year for my students as they navigate a global pandemic, the shift to online learning, and the expectations to learn and perform as if the world was normal right now.
My district is rolling out our next round of mandatory standardized assessments - they are difficult, stressful, and a lot of work. Students have a 'growth goal' that they've been working to meet since the beginning of the year when they took their first Diagnostic test.
As a school, we want to incentivize students showing up (virtually) for the test and surpassing their growth goal. We also want to incentivize parents / guardians pushing their students to attend school and focus on this test.
Besides all of the quirky things I've been doing in the classroom to try to get my students pumped (as pumped as one can get for a tedious test) - we all know what motivates both kids and their parents... $$$$$.
Our goal as a school is to give away $5-20 gift cards (depending how much money we pool together as a team) to parents and students who take their test and surpass their growth goal.
We plan to buy DTE gift cards (we've had quite a few shutoffs since the school year started :/) and Gas gift cards for parents.
We plan to buy Amazon & fast food (I know...but lack of healthy and affordable food in urban areas is a wholeeeee separate issue) gift cards for the kiddos.
It may seem cheesy to give away gift cards but so many of my families have been hit so hard during this pandemic and I feel like on top of the praise and love they get from me, no one ever frowned about getting a lil gift in the mail.
If you're able to donate even $1 it would be so kind and of course I'll show proof of the gift cards purchased and me mailing them out:)
- Christopher Gilday
- Shannon Hay
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