Holiday Donation #2: Seattle Public Schools
Yesterday we posted about our first holiday donation to La Esperanza Granada. Today we want to share about our second holiday donation, which supported two separate projects at Seattle public schools. We found these projects through the fantastic website www.donorschoose.org. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on the site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
Through Donorschoose.org, we found two local projects that we wanted to support. The first was the “Literacy, Language and Creativity” project at Franklin High School. This is a large urban school with 70% free/reduced lunch. Ms. Camann shared that they provide many levels of individualized education programs to meet the different types of learners. These students, while successful in many areas, feel the daily pain of not keeping up with their peers in the area of reading. After reading a class book, being able to express what they know creatively helps to build confidence. This allows for them to continue to take the risks they need to be successful. Ms. Camann requested art supplies to create language arts posters and book responses creatively. WPIG was thrilled to support an impactful project at one of our local high schools and we hope that this makes a positive difference in the education of these students!
The other project that we chose to support was the “Books can be Mentors” project at Beverley Park Elementary School. Ms. Herley, a special education teacher, works with students in grades Kindergarten through fourth grade with diagnosed learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, or other health impairments. Beverley Park Elementary is located in a low-income urban neighborhood where many families are struggling to feed and clothe their children. School is a safe place for these students. A majority of the students speak languages other than English at home. Ms. Herley shared that her students love to come to school. They are inquisitive and eager to learn. Unfortunately, a lot of school behaviors are not instinctual for them. They must be taught explicitly how to follow directions, maintain a safe body, stand up for themselves to bullies, and how to listen to adults. Ms. Herley requested children’s books that can mentor students through everyday situations. Ms. Herley wrote this heart-felt thank you:
“Thank you very much for your generous donations to my Books Can be Mentors! project. I recently used a children’s book to teach a lesson on listening skills. The students were engaged and eager to read more stories about how to listen at school. Reading about other characters making bad choices and learning how to change their behavior is very helpful for my students. I know that your donation towards these books will be put to good use right away! I am eager to begin reading these stories and having students make connections between themselves and the characters. Thank you for your donation and making this learning possible!” -Ms. H
Please visit www.donorschoose.org to find a school project that you are interested in supporting!