It’s no news that Philadelphia public school funding is sorely lacking. Many students and teachers in the Philadelphia school district have taken it into their own hands to gather funds for books and basic classroom necessities.
The efforts these elementary school teachers must make to ensure their students have the bare minimum – is both beautiful and sad. There is always talk of budgeting in city hall, but our children and students can’t even get their basic needs.
Some of the recent donation requests are from elementary schools serving kindergarteners to fifth graders:
Ms J from George Sharswood Elementary School is trying to teach her third graders to read, but the school cannot afford even used paperback books for the children. Ms J writes, “My students need to read The One and Only Ivan. This literacy read aloud and read along will promote fluency and comprehension… The book donation will have a significant impact on the students because the children experience the value of a donation.”
Mrs. Collier from Francis Scott Key Elementary School is asking for donations to help fund a listening center to promote literacy. Mrs Collier writes, “Your donation to our classroom will expose my English Language Learners to resources that will improve comprehension and fluency. Students will be able to enjoy having text dictated to them.”
Philadelphia school teachers often resort to paying for school supplies out of their own pocket. Even with campaigns such as these, most donations seem to be contributed by fellow school teachers rather than any third-party generous supporter.
If you choose to donate via DonorsChoose.org, remember to use a promo code such as DISNEYCREATIVITY so that your donation can be matched.