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Help Build a Multi-Media Library at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter!

Simon Gratz Staff

We are a group of passionate educators at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School in North Philadelphia, who are working to create a love of learning in our students.  We are seeking your support in helping us raise $50,000 in 90 days, so that we can create a multi-media library for our students in both the middle school and high school (6th-12th grades). 

It is our school’s mission to be the best comprehensive, open enrollment high school at closing the opportunity gap by achieving academic and social growth with all students, so that they are post-secondary ready.  In order to achieve this, we must create a space where our students can access top resources, books, and technology.

Currently, our school does not have a functioning library to support our students’ academic and social growth.  At Gratz, our students generally enter our school reading significantly below grade level expectations.  Research shows that more access to books will result in more reading, which then leads to better literacy development and later success in life.  Additionally, the Library Research Center reported in their study that there is a direct correlation between school libraries and student achievement.  One study highlighted that "reading scores increase with the improvements in library media programs." In an effort to close the literacy gap in our community, we want to provide our students with rigorous, relevant, and interesting leveled books.

Additionally, the multi-media library will also provide access to much needed technology (computers and tablets) and an environment to support both classroom projects and individual student studies. This environment will help prepare our students for post-secondary programs, where library use is paramount to success.  It will also support the development of technology skills needed for success in a technology-driven world.

This multi-media Gratz community library will feature the following spaces:

  • The Resource Center: Catologed books and articles, resources for Voter Registration, Employment Searches, GED programs 
  • Tutoring Center/Lecture Hall
  • Technology Lab  

These funds will be used to buy:

  • Multiple genre books (grade levels 3-12) to support literacy development for all learners
  • Digital Downloads of books
  • Class sets of tablets
  • Desktop computers
  • Audiobook Recordings
  • Scholarly Journal Licenses
  • Installed programs: Encyclopedias and Approved Content Programs
  • Furniture and shelving

Any donation amount is appreciated, but donors may also choose to provide the following monetary amounts as a sponsorship:

All donors will receive a handwritten letter from a Simon Gratz student and invitation to our grand opening celebration!

We thank you for your support, and our students do too!

 

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A Trip of a Lifetime - Washington D.C. (June 2018)

Stephanie Brain

I currently teach 8th grade U.S. History at Landrum Middle School which is a title one school in Spring Branch ISD. More than 80% of our students are economically disadvantaged and have not had the opportunity to travel outside the vicinity of their neighborhood.

We are hoping to take at least 10 students on this trip of a lifetime to Washington D.C. in the summer of 2018, where their history lessons will come alive! The students that have been selected for this trip are students with good behavior, are in good academic standing, and are eager to learn and experience the history of our great nation.

The price for each student to attend is $1,713. This price includes airfare, hotel, all food, all tours/activities, tickets to museums, a full tour guide, overnight security, ground transportation, and so much more. 

The money raised will be equally divided among the students and deducted from their total cost. If we raise our goal of $5,000, it will allow us to contribute $500 per student. We know that $500 will not cover the entire amount of the trip, but anything we can raise will help.

Check out our Tour Website which details all the information about the trip.  (www.eftours.com/1971234DS)  You can find out fun activities and cultural events we will be experiencing on tour. You can also review all that’s included in the program and watch videos of the sites the students will be visiting.

This is a life changing opportunity for many of my students. It will give them the ability to learn out of the classroom and into the world which opens their eyes, preparing them for lifelong success.

Any amount you are willing to pledge will be more than appreciated. Any money donated will be tax deductible.

Feel free to contact me with any questions and/or information you may have! You may also comment in the section below.

Email: Stephanie.Brain@springbranchisd.com

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LVE Sensory Room Project

Brooke Schreiber

With these funds we will be able to provide sensory regulation to the students at Lakeview Elementary in the Wentzville School District located in Wentzville, Missouri. Our students are unique and learn in a variety of ways. They learn best when their bodies are safe, calm, and regulated. Studies have shown that when the students are provided with the opportunity to utilize appropriate sensory input their minds and bodies are better able to learn and focus throughout their school day. The use of sensory materials such as weighted balls, crash mats, yoga balls, trampolines, etc. will provide a variety of opportunities to meet the individual sensory needs of our amazing kids. 

 

The above video was our inspiration for creating a sensory room for our students. Three months ago Vicki and I found this video and were inspired at the possibilities for our students. We knew this would be an endeavor and quickly enlisted the help of our principal. We have his support and the support of our fellow teachers. We can't wait to see what opportunities this provides our students. Please help us create our dream room! 

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Setting Students Up for Success

Hailey Zipfel

My students are 11th graders, gearing up for a big year that requires writing many essays for college and in my course, reading rigorous texts that require plenty of materials for studying. I need 120 students' worth of pencils, pens, highlighters, paper, journals, resources, English to Spanish dictionaries, books, poster materials, student project materials, USBs, and other resources that could set my students up for utmost success. I want my students to be college ready, and while I can devote my time in and out of the classroom to build a future for them, I can not afford my classroom materials on my own. Please consider supporting my page and sharing it to your friends so I can provide my Juniors with an unforgettable year.

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Investing In Our Future Scientists

Kim Montgomery

With these funds I will...purchase 16 chrome books for my classroom. I currently have 8 chrome books supplied by SBISD. My class sizes vary from 17-24 students. To be 21st century learners,where every child can complete assignments/ projects individually and digitally, I would need to have 16 more chrome books. We use technology regularly in science, and it would be so helpful if every child could work and learn on their own computer. This is an investment for our future. Incoming 6th graders come from diverse backgrounds, and many of them are not computer savvy. If each student had a computer, they could hone their research and keyboarding skills. Please help my kids to become 21st century learners, and ready to meet the future demands of an ever changing American workforce.

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