"I'm a third grade teacher to 20 wonderful students. I teach in Huntington Park, CA which is a low-socioeconomic area. The school is for underprivileged children who have been falling through the cracks in the public school system. It is very unfortunate because the current statistics say that only 7% of these children will have the ability to go to college. The mission of the Aspire School District and the school that I am working in is to expose the students to different colleges while teaching them the regular curriculum and encouraging them to work hard and make their way to college. In doing so, each teacher is required to choose a school for her class to learn about throughout the school year.
There is research that states that at the end of 6th grade if you ask a child what they will do after high school, if they say college there is about an 80% chance they will really go. If they say "I don't know" or something other than college, the chance they will go to college is very low.
By teaching students about college at an early age and making kids excited and motivated to go, their chance of going will increase!
Every Friday the kids are encouraged to wear college t-shirts, especially those from the school their teacher has chosen to "adopt" for the year. Because I'm teaching in an area where most families don't have much money, most of the kids can't afford to buy their own shirts. I don't want any kid to be left out, so I need to raise money so all of the kids can have a shirt.
Here are my students with their brand new shirts, printed by Custom Ink!"
- ThirdGraders (Nov 01, 2009)