A journal of sightings of raccoons coming out of and going into the storm grate at our corner in Waukesha WI. (& etc.) The bent is nature with occasional forays elsewhere.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
TAKING BULLS BY HORNS:
IN THIS ECONOMY, certain elementary school teachers are taking steps to put books in the hands of their disenfranchised students. In our son's Houston TX school, where funds are tight, Lee, aka 'Mr. D' to his kids, has just successfully acquired funds through a matching fund program called DONORS CHOOSE(http://www.donorschoose.org/) to buy several books to help his English as second language 5th grade girls learn the basics of reading. This will better equip them to navigate through their math curriculum that Lee, as a Teach for America teacher, has chosen. Lee has just managed to get a lot of books for his pupils, 'the College Rockets' as they are known.
WOW! This was funded in merely 2 days and you are all so amazing for helping out. My students will be so excited tomorrow when I tell them this great news. They are very gracious and kind young ladies and will absolutely respect these materials.
You all value literacy, and they know it is an important step to their success. We have the motto of being 'College Rockets on a Mission' and these graphic novels will help them realize that reading isn't just to pass a test, or something you do to get to college, but reading can be fun!
I can't thank you enough, my friends, supporters, and kind strangers.