In my tenth year with Citizen Schools, I have had the chance to go back into our classroom and teach. This fall I had the chance to teach a green engineering course where students built household items powered by sustainable energy. This spring I am teaching reading comprehensions skills with a focus on increasing complex vocabulary and ability to read non-fictions texts.
In addition to my travel to many states and schools across the country where Citizen Schools is expanding the learning day for low-income students, these in classroom moments remind me of the power of our vision of hands-on learning, not as a supplement but as a core piece of the school-day. I am inspired by the vision of low-income schools support by a second shift of educators and volunteers and the power of making our schools better by providing more community resources and partners to help students reach their dreams.
As we grow and partner with more schools and communities, we will continue to need the time of volunteers and money or our supporters. Help me help more kids, more schools and connect more volunteers to our neediest children. Support our on-going work and our expansion into Chicago in the coming year.
Please make a donation of $5, $10, $20 or more to help all of our kids become valuable members of our communities by preparing themselves for high school graduation, college graduation, and exciting careers in our 21st century world.
$15 provides one month of materials for students to complete high quality academic homework during our structured homework time.
$20 provides one month of supplies for our students to play sports, do art projects, learn yoga, or learn to make pinatas.
$80 provides one semester of support for one apprenticeship team. An apprenticeship is a focused learning time, where 12 students learn professional skills from a community volunteer. Examples from our campus this term are Solar Cars, Mock Trial, Forensic Accounting, and Mass Poetry Project.
$150 provides one month of food and supplies for special family events at our schools such as family potlucks. We do these to welcome parents, teachers, and school administrators to come together and share in the learning that their children and students do every day.