It's truly a brave act to be a teacher these days.
Not only are schools consistently underfunded, teachers know they will have to spend their own money to make their classroom, the classroom they need. This is unacceptable, but unlikely to change soon. I really, really want to help offset this imbalance, but I really need your help. Let's be apart of a small change here, a small difference. Please help by donating and sharing this GoFundMe as much as possible.
Take a moment and read the campaign description that Jillian wrote below.
She' s not on social media. When I found out about this goal of hers (and how she planned on spending her own money anyway), I thought let's try and get some friends together to see what we can all do.
Here is her story:
My name is Jillian Salazar. I teach second grade in an inner-city neighborhood of San Diego.
86% of the students at my school are English Language Learners and almost 90% are economically disadvantaged. Students from my school are some of the most hardworking students out there; the amounts of hurdles they face and overcome on a daily basis and the concerns they already face are some that many of us as adults never had to struggle with.
Hunger pains, broken homes, and communication barriers create some of the most arduous hurdles for little ones to overcome just so they can try and get an education. I am impressed by my students every single day.
After three years at my school, I got tired seeing the students who either have a learning disability, are just learning English, or for some reason have been struggling fall between the cracks and get further and further behind.
This year, I asked for all these students who have continually not made growth so that I could use interventions and modify the entire curriculum to see growth.
We have absolutely been crushing it this year!
My classroom is unique in that I have many students with different needs in a small setting; usually, these kids are equally dispersed amongst grade levels but for me, I wanted all of them so that they would feel nurtured and encouraged.
I am specifically raising money for my ADHD students; both those who have been diagnosed and those who have just begun the process of being diagnosed.
These parents are facing the struggle of deciding whether or not to medicate their children for their ADHD.
As a teacher, I want to provide every opportunity to naturally work with these students before parents use medication. I have already invested hundreds of my own money to get work incentives, fidgets, and built an area for students to take breaks.
I want to the purchase Kore Patented WOBBLE Chair to provide alternate seating for desk work. This is what they look like:
12 stools are what I was hoping for. For a set of 12, I would need to raise $540. Plus tax. Keep reading to see why the goal is $1000. Here are some links to learn more about the stools and their benefits.
This is important cause kids with ADHD will often rock back and forth in their chairs, which then fall and they get hurt, or they get into trouble for not “sitting still” (not in my class) but it also allows them to exert that energy but still focus and work.
In addition to the stools, I would love to have your help to make a FOREVER impact on the life of my student Alex.
Alex just recently was diagnosed with ADHD.
His past two years of school have been challenging and his mom was just heartbroken; teachers would continually tell her how difficult Alex was and what a behavior problem he had.
Feeling defeated, Alex's mom agreed to try medicine.
The side effects were awful and Alex was not sleeping.
After a classroom change to my room and the mom choosing to stop the medicine, Alex is doing amazing.
All it took was buying him a sketchbook; you see, Alex is an amazing artist. The only work incentive he needs is his sketchbook and this child thrives.
I would love to send Alex to an art camp at the zoo. For many of my students, the only time they go to the zoo is on our field trip this year.
The zoo camp will cost $294 and it will give Alex the chance to showcase his skills in a setting of his interest; he will feel successful and that feeling will drive him further in all academic areas. He will remember this forever.
Thank you for your help!
- Lisa Petersen
- Bryce Chevalier
- Ben Salazar
- Rosa Hernandez
- Meeshel Dotson
Organizer and beneficiary
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