According to a June 2020 survey by Adopt a Classroom U.S. teachers spend an average of $745 of their own money on school supplies each year. 45 percent of teachers surveyed said their spending increased since distance learning began.
On top of this, teachers estimated that 43% of students were disengaged (missing activities or assignments 50% of the time during distance learning). Many of these students don’t have a stable home environment, food, housing or access to the internet. With all that we’ve collectively experienced this year, our nation’s children don’t deserve to be left behind. Teachers are doing what they can to help these students, but many are using their own funds to get materials to students in need and purchase additional software and items they need for this new model of learning in a pandemic.
That’s where your donations come in.
When you donate $150 in exchange for a pair of our non-perfect heels, you’re helping students and teachers in need. With your donations thus far, we’ve been able to donate thousands of dollars to fully fund 14 classroom donation requests. And you can still donate! See our current inventory here. Below you’ll learn more about some of the students these donations have helped. [Read part 1 here.]
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Richard Green Central Park School
At Richard Green Central Park School, 94% of students are from low-income families. Ms. Atkinson, a special education teacher for children ages 3-5: “Thank you so much for your generous donation to our learners. We will use the funds to purchase materials for distance learning. Our students need access to books, pre-writing materials such as crayons, and pre-math materials of blocks and stackers. Since our students are so young, these materials will help lay the foundation for continued learning during their educational journey!”
Floyd B Olson Middle School
At Olson Middle School, 93% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 89% are students of color, and 24% receive special education services. From Ms. Fuster, a Spanish teacher: “Thank you for such a wonderful donation to my classroom ... Adopt a classroom is a wonderful organization that helps teachers get everything that they need to help students be successful, because sometimes schools cannot give us all of the resources that we use in our classrooms. I plan to use my donation to buy books, whiteboards, markers, maybe a comfy chair that students can use during reading time.”
Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School
Students come from many different parts of the world including Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and the United States. At this school, 96% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and 92% of the students are students of color. From Ms. Solis: “Wow! This is incredible. Thank you for your generous gift to my class. I will be using these funds to buy books for my students. We are currently in distance learning and my students can't use our classroom library. They will be thrilled to receive their own books. Thank you so much for your generosity.” With our donation, Ms. Solis was able to purchase 30 books in multiple languages for her students.
Roseville Middle School
Students at Roseville Middle School come from various backgrounds and classes. Some students are not able to afford supplies needed to be successful in the classroom. From 7th and 8th grade math teacher, Ms. Hall: “I am just seeing this wonderful donation and I am filled with so much joy! Your donation will be able to help create a better experience for my students with our virtual teaching this year! … I was able to get supplies to help support my teaching at home, which will in turn make for a better learning experience for my students virtually. I cannot express how thankful and appreciative I am!”
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