TCN Elementary Needs Your Help!

$73,600 of $95,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 18 months
Hello Community! 

The Oakland Unified School District is in a financial crisis. As a result, the district has decided to reduce Think College Now Elementary's teachers from 12 to 11. This means that not only will student to teacher ratios increase, it also means that many teachers will have combined classrooms (i.e. 5th and 4th grade together and 3rd and 2nd grade together). This means teachers will have to balance curriculum for two different grades and a larger student load. 

While schools in more resourced parts of Oakland regularly raise $250,000 to $400,000 through their PTAs. TCN's PTA - where over 95% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunches - fundraises less than $2,000 a year.

As parents, we want our children to get the best quality education they can. These changes to our school will inevitably pose a greater obstacle to delivering the highest quality education our children deserve. 

WHAT WE NEED:
-$92,000 to continue funding the teacher position we're losing
-$3,000 GoFundMe fees (UPDATED based on offline donations that did not go through GoFundMe) 
-Even if you can't donate, please spread this campaign to your online networks 
-If you'd prefer to make a tax-deductible donation you can reach our donation site here.
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We're having a party to celebrate the hiring of our 12th teacher and to say thank you to all our generous donors. Thursday, Oct. 19 @ 10am-12pm.

I hope you can join us!

http://evite.me/QJmRk1QBs3
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I don't know how to say this....but, WE DID IT!!!!

Through an amazing confluence of increased enrollment and generous giving, TCN was able to hire 12 teachers!

Our little school in East Oakland, with >95% of students living in poverty, will be able to maintain a full staff of teachers and avoid combining classes.

I'm so thankful to all who gave generously. Your
contributions were crucial in giving us the financial resources to make this job offer.

The fight for educational equity in Oakland will be a long one, but as for today, for this battle, through your generosity, we can say, "We won!"

Thank you for continuing to be family to us as we are family to our neighbors in East Oakland.

#onefamily
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Think College Now supporters, stay tuned for a very exciting announcement from one of our very own TCN dads, Albert Hong!
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Thank you all for helping to complete our $5000 donation match!
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Albert Olson Hong
18 months ago
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I am so moved by the generosity of our community. Thank you. Keep sharing!

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Albert Olson Hong
17 months ago

Thank you all for your sacrificial giving to support our students! I'm clearly disappointed that we won't be able to avoid having combo classes this year. But as Sage Linda Spatz stated, there could be some benefits from having combos. In the meantime, since we weren't prepared for combo classes, we have to do everything we can to support our teachers as they make the significant transition into teaching combo classes. With your support we can raise money for a permanent substitute teacher who will be there to support our teachers as they implement this new structure. Please help!

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Sage Linda Spatz
17 months ago

It's sad that you will lose a teacher. This is always so difficult and I am sorry that energies and resources will be needed to find get the fight. However, multiaged classes have many benefits in teaching to the developmental needs of students rather than the administrative convenience of grade level systems. The majority of my teaching career was multigraded and I was therefore able to focus on the varied learning styles of students and not the narrowness of specific age curriculum. In my experience, these were my most creative years as an educator and developmentally appropriate curriculum for my multi-graded student populations.

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Raised by 90 people in 18 months
Created May 17, 2017
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Wei-Tsung Hung
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Albert Olson Hong
18 months ago
1
1

I am so moved by the generosity of our community. Thank you. Keep sharing!

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Albert Olson Hong
17 months ago

Thank you all for your sacrificial giving to support our students! I'm clearly disappointed that we won't be able to avoid having combo classes this year. But as Sage Linda Spatz stated, there could be some benefits from having combos. In the meantime, since we weren't prepared for combo classes, we have to do everything we can to support our teachers as they make the significant transition into teaching combo classes. With your support we can raise money for a permanent substitute teacher who will be there to support our teachers as they implement this new structure. Please help!

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Sage Linda Spatz
17 months ago

It's sad that you will lose a teacher. This is always so difficult and I am sorry that energies and resources will be needed to find get the fight. However, multiaged classes have many benefits in teaching to the developmental needs of students rather than the administrative convenience of grade level systems. The majority of my teaching career was multigraded and I was therefore able to focus on the varied learning styles of students and not the narrowness of specific age curriculum. In my experience, these were my most creative years as an educator and developmentally appropriate curriculum for my multi-graded student populations.

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