I teach at a school where 98% of our students receive free and reduced lunch. Most of my students are either Hispanic, African American, or Asian. Of my 23 students, 15 are English Language Learners. I live pretty far away from school, and many people ask me why I don't teach in a school closer to home. My answer is simple: these kids need me. I can relate to most of them, having been brought up in the same situation (I grew up poor, Hispanic, and I also didn't learn english until 1st grade.) I KNOW that these kids can succeed and become lifelong learners.
Many of my students` parents can barely afford to feed and clothe my students, so that leaves me to purchase many, if not most, of our classroom supplies. I like to make learning interesting and fun for my students so that they can develop a love for learning and for school, but I can`t really do that by teaching with only pencils and paper. Any donations would help me to purchase more supplies, educational learning games, and resources that my students can use both in class and take home to complete their homework.
I also would like to purchase organizational seat covers to put on each of my students' chairs. They can keep their pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, reading/math journals, etc right behind them. This will save us instructional time, since they won't have to get up to go to their cubbies to get their supplies all of the time. Any help would be much appreciated!