Help Me Get My 8th Graders to D.C.!

Hi! My name is Ritu Narayan and I am currently student teaching at Bret Harte School, a school on the southside of Chicago. I teach English Language Arts to an energetic, curious and wonderful group of middle schoolers. It is a tradition for the 8th grade graduating class to take a trip to Washington D.C. to celebrate the culmination of their elementary years before they enter high school.

However, the urban, predominately low-income district that we are located in presents certain challenges. My students cannot afford the cost of the trip alone, and the school funds are insufficient to send the 8th graders on this trip. My students have been hard at work fundraising, by setting up car washes, dances, and selling chocolates. Although my students are dedicated to fundraising for their cause, they cannot do this alone. This is where you come in! We need help funding this trip so that the students can have this amazing experience.

In D.C., they will visit museums, historical landmarks, and see the nation's capitol firsthand. It will be a great educational experience for them. In addition, many of my students have never left the city, let alone been on a plane, so this will be their first travel experience. I really really want them to be able to go, but we need your help! The trip will take place at the beginning of May, but the payment is due at the beginning of March, so please donate soon if you can.

Please consider donating to help my students get to D.C.! Your donation will go directly to funding the travel, lodging and other necessary costs of the Washington D.C. trip. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means the world to me and my students!

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  • Jeffrey Campbell 
    • $125 
    • 33 mos
  • Sara Segal Loevy and Steven Loevy 
    • $125 
    • 34 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 34 mos
  • Susan Vandermeulen 
    • $100 
    • 34 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $1,000 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Ritu Narayan 
West Chester, OH
Shenethe Parks 
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