“Why now?” – This seems to be the perennial question after I tell people that I will start teaching in a public school. In my head, the answer has always been, why not? While it’s true that I’m no longer the idealistic fresh graduate, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to reach out to more children who are in need – in need of love and care. I want them to know that there are other options they can choose to take and more importantly, that there are people who care for them.
I’ve spent the past two weeks cleaning, painting, and listening to horror stories about my future students’ behavior. But as the days passed and I received my class list, I felt myself moved with affection for children I haven’t met. Maybe it’s motherly emotions taking over, but whatever it is – I’m definitely excited to meet my kids tomorrow!
This summer has been filled with blessings and the most important one for me is the grace of humility. My friends and I chose to teach in the public schools because we want to help end education inequity. BUT to lose ourselves to a cause much bigger than our own means realizing that we need EVERYONE’S support. We cannot do this on our own.
Here’s how YOU can join our mission! We need the following: (Donations in kind are better. 🙂 )
1. School Supplies / Teaching Materials – pad paper, manila paper, permanent markers, notebooks, pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, bond paper, folders, brown envelopes, pocket chart, storybooks
2. Your Presence – We may need resource speakers for our classes! If you can’t come, we can interview you and make videos. Your time and presence will surely make the kids feel important!
3. Prayers and words of encouragement – Help us spread good stories that will inspire others to help out!
4. Creative ideas – If you have ideas on how we can maximize our resources or suggestions on how to create better learning spaces / environments, do share them with us! We are open to trying out new things in the classroom.
Tomorrow, around 22 million kids will go back to school. Help us make schools a safe and happy place for our kids!