So, it's getting to be that time of year again. Doesn't really seem possible that summer has turned to late summer, fall is upon us, and in some places in the States the big yellow buses are making their first rounds of the year today.
My grandmother told me dozens of times growing up, everytime I would balk at going out that door, which wasn't often by the way--I loved school--it was other kids I had issues with at times--you see I was a brain and well, I guess we're not known for our fun factor...anyway, back to the issue at hand. Not my school years, but the school years of some very important kids I'll tell you about here in a second. My grandmother always said "The one thing they can never take is your education."
Now, I'm not entirely sure who they were, but I know Gramma was right. No one can take away what you learn! My Gramma only finished, well, I believe it was 6th grade. But the woman could cipher numbers like no one's business. In fact, she taught me how to do long division. She also taught me my times tables and a wealth of other things. She helped instill in me a love of reading as did my mother. Now how do you suppose Gramma learned so much just finishing 6th grade in a one-room school?
She apparently had the necessary and available tools for the times, even if her education was short.
The sad thing is, in today's schools, teachers don't always have all the tools their students need to grow and mature into the leaders of tomorrow. Lack of funding is a huge issue particularly in smaller, rural areas.
Ever heard of the program Adopt a Classroom? It's a place teachers can go and raise monies to help fund their classrooms for the year by people adopting them through donations.
I have a writer friend who's a teacher in rural West Virginia, JL Oiler, some of you may know her as Jeanne. We've known each other a few years now and she cares about her students. She's listed her classroom this year and they are "up for adoption."
How can we help?
Their goal is modest...$400.00...peas compared to a lot of other expenses in our lives. That's a dollar for 400 people--the cost of a soda...to adopt this class for the year.
But I've decided to make it a bit easier--if you'll give a dollar and leave me a comment, I'll give a dollar per every comment I receive until midnight tomorrow (Tuesday, August 14) up to and including $100.00.
Now can we all pull together and help adopt her tech class? I think we can!
You can find out how to donate below:
Good luck teacher Jeanne!