this year I will be teaching grade 1 at Strathcona
Elementary in a new classroom. Unfortunately this classroom and the
materials provided (or lack of) are in serious trouble. There are very
few resources or materials available, most of which are outdated (think
80s and 90s) and not appropriate to be using in 2014. Also the general
feel and atmosphere in the classroom is awful.
these kids are 6 years old. They need learning to be fun and engaging.
We also want the students to have lots of time to play in centers and
get creative and imaginative but we have almost no toys. This is one of
the things that upsets me the most. I want our students to have the
ability to play dress up, build things, create things etc...
makes me so sad to see a space that doesnt feel warm, inviting and
exciting for my students will be starting grade 1 in a few days. This is
a province wide issue but hits inner city schools particularly hard.
While wealthier schools have PACs that raise thousands of dollars for up
to date equipment like smart boards etc... inner city schools do not
have those luxuries.
I want to take my students on field trips
like other teachers do. There are so many great places that could enrich
their learning but because of the lack of funding we are unable to go.
is a social justice issue that has a huge impact on students learning
and their lives in general. I strongly believe that all students deserve
a welcoming, warm and safe classroom. I want them to be excited about
learning and I want them to get the best education possible because they
My job share partner Atsuko and I need your help. We
can't do it on our own. Please help us make sure these kids have the
best grade 1 year.
If you don't have money to give please
consider donating toys that perhaps arent getting anymore use in your
home, dress up clothing, books, art supplies etc... All these items cost
a lot of money and will make all the difference for these kiddos.
We need the following (please remember that these kids are in grade 1).
-art supplies: paint, pencils, paper, crafts etc...
-cds with great music!
-dress up clothes
-toys for centers (train set, building blocks, playhouse, lego, etc)
-healthy snacks for recess
-mittens, coats, shoes, socks
-bus tickets to go on field trips