As some of you are aware, I work as a Middle School Math/Science/Leadership Teacher @ Willie Brown Middle School in San Francisco. We are currently working on a new project for our entire school community. As you may know, Willie Brown MS is a STEM school with the hopes of disrupting societal norms around Mathematician, Scientist or Engineers--especially through the lens of young woman and students of color. In addition to providing the students with academic excellence, we want to expose our students to REAL life examples of pioneers in the field. With this, we have decided to take the whole Willie Brown community to see "Hidden Figures". This movie, takes a look at the three Black Women Mathematicians ( Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson) who were instrumental to the successful orbiting of the Earth and placing a man on the Moon. Their stories were never told, which does not take advantage of the critical moments in American History and many different heroes that support the mission. What is so critical about this movie, is that these woman could be their mothers, sisters, aunts or the students themselves. Seeing yourself as a important member of society, we support the notion that they are amazingly strong brilliant scholars. So, here is the ask. Our student government has been working hard to support multiple activities and experiences for the entire Willie Brown community. We also have several major events that are coming up this semester ( making sure that every student steps foot on a college campus every Academic school year, PBIS events and EOY-end of year-activities.) We want to make sure that ALL students have the opportunity to attend the movie without the stress of paying. We have received a quote from AMC Theatre of 1, 764 for 294 seats-- AMC 1000 School Buses ( hopefully Free with SFUSD) ~ $1,000. Lunch for Students --$300 Subtotal = $3000 We are looking to our thought partners and stakeholder to help support us in this venue. All proceeds WILL be tax deductible and will directly support our endeavors.
Thank you again for taking the time to read this email. This and the other many projects that we do here at Willie Brown is a labor of love and we appreciate any and all support. In solidarity, Michelle Cody Math, Science and Student Social Experience Teacher