Developing A Love For History by Joseph Greenberg, Teach for America - 2017 Delta Regional Institute

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Launched Jul 30, 2017
Ends Aug 13, 2017
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Category: History
Class Size: 78
Grade: 5th 

After completing Teach for America’s - 2017 Delta Institute I will be responsible for my very own classroom! I can't wait to decorate and meet my students and their families. One of the biggest hurdles that students in elementary schools face is a lack of the necessary materials that are needed daily. It makes it infinitely more difficult for students to take part in activities and classwork when they do not have basic supplies.

To get the year started off right, I will use the funds that I raise to purchase the startup supplies needed to welcome my students to a classroom that is clean and stocked full with materials. This will allow me to provide the required supplies to students that otherwise would not have them. I will also purchase copy paper to ensure that I can provide my students with high quality learning materials, whether that is exit tickets, independent activities, or homework. Thank you so much in advance for supporting me and my students at the beginning of this exciting journey.

PledgeCents allows me to keep whatever I raise, so anything you can contribute really will make a difference for my first year. I want to make a great impression and a lasting impact on my first group of students and letting them know that they have a community that supports them both near and far will definitely get us on the right track. Here is a complete list of the materials that your generous investment will help provide for the students of my very first classroom:

All donations will go towards buying these supplies.

If we do not meet our goal...

If I do not meet my goal, I will purchase as many materials as possible. I will prioritize the materials that are most essential to students (pencils, paper, etc.) as they are the most important to ensuring that students can participate in daily lessons.

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Why Donate?

With 78 students, the $600 goal comes out to just under $8 per child. Everything and anything will help me get there!
Invest $1



Students wear down their pencils during the school year. $5 allows me to buy a new eraser for every one of of my students.
Invest $5



$10 buys an 80 pack of pencils – or one pencil for each of my 78 students.
Invest $10


Buy Books

Children's books tend to have white protagonists with similar endings.Newer ones illustrated by Kadir Nelson and Aurélia Fronty paint a different picture. $25 builds a better library for my students.
Invest $25



To buy the entire 5th grade class their own journals, it would cost $60. Thus, a donation of $30 would get me halfway there!
Invest $30

Joseph Greenberg

5th Grade, Teach for America - 2017 Delta Regional Institute

Joe is a recent graduate of Oberlin College, where he earned High Honors for his African Studies thesis on systemic racism in the United States. As a first year teacher, there are many classroom supplies that he needs, but does not yet have. This is where PledgeCents comes in. With your help, Joe can buy the necessary materials to help his students reach their goals and grow as learners and leaders.

Reason for Teaching:
When I was a young kid I lacked an appreciation for reading, writing, and my education as a whole. This passion did not develop until college, when I could choose to learn about the topics that I was interested in. Only then did I truly engage in the material at hand.

My Africana Studies professors developed my appreciation for history – allowing me to add context to the current events I saw everyday. Seeing the information I was learning apply to the real world gave me a newfound appreciation for history and, more generally, education. This is why I went to Mississippi; I want to give my students the same appreciation that I gained later in my education through history.

Everyday, I reflect upon how lucky I was to have a community that pushed me to work in school, despite my disinterest. Moreover, I was privileged enough to have the resources in elementary, middle, and high schools to learn the material that was being taught. Some of my students will have that community, some may not. Either way, they deserve the same resources that I had, with a teacher who will be there for them as a teacher, mentor, and engaged community member every step of the way. This is why I am asking for your donations: you can help me build my classroom and, by doing so, allow me to strengthen the relationships I have with my students to grow their minds.

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These statistics are not a reflection of our children’s potential. Kids growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Instead, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of equity for kids in low-income communities.

There are numerous forces behind this injustice—racism, outdated policies, lack of resources, and much more—so there isn’t just one simple fix. To make things right we must come together as students, teachers, principals, activists, social entrepreneurs, politicians, and all others to disrupt the causes of injustice and create solutions. It’s not just the lives of individual children at stake—this affects all of us. And it’s the responsibility of all of us to change things. Our mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

We recruit remarkable and diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities. They commit to teach for two years and are hired by our partner public schools across the country. During these two years they are called corps members. We train and support corps members in the practices of great teachers and leaders. With hard work, perseverance, and strong partnerships with their students, students’ families, and communities, corps members can dramatically increase the opportunities available to their students in school and in life. Corps members don’t just teach their students, they learn from them. At the end of two years, they use those lessons to choose their path forward. Many stay in the classroom. Others move into politics, school leadership, nonprofit work, advocacy, and more. All of their paths matter because together they form a network—connecting, expanding, and strengthening the movement to give all kids access to a great education.

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Karen Friedman August 9, 2017

Love you Joe

leslie lawrence August 9, 2017

Hi Joe,
I'm happy to help in this way--and proud of the work you're doing. I strongly believe that keeping a journal is one of the best things
anyone can do for themselves. Now I should follow my own advice! Take good care.

Amy Deutsch & Family August 7, 2017

Joe , we could not be more proud of you!

Robin Steinberg August 7, 2017

Hi Joe,

I'm so glad that you reached out and asked everyone for support. I hope you raise the money you need - the children who get YOU as their teacher will be so incredibly lucky to have you! Keep up the good work!



John Achilla August 6, 2017

Dear Joseph -
I am making this donation on behalf of Benjamin Biffis. I hope this will help you provide the supplies needed to ensure that every student in your classroom has the tools to succeed. It is my absolute pleasure to help you and the next generation of young people. Good luck!
John Achilla

Beatriz August 5, 2017

Hope you reach your goal, you deserve it!

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