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Every week we’re checking out DonorsChoose.org for Richmond school teachers that are looking for a bit of help.

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Ms. Toliver is a teacher at Thomas C Boushall Middle School on the Southside of Richmond. She’s attempting to raise $1,700 for graphing calculators to for students taking Algebra I and Geometry

After seeing how successful their previous student-led project, Jakyra, Dwayne, Tynasya, and Di’Mon came up with the idea to do a student-led project for the students I would have next year. My third block has remediation every other day. During remediation, these four students gathered with a few others to develop materials that would be most needed based on their experiences. The list was then presented to me and narrowed down. I asked each of them to write a couple of sentences on why they felt like we needed these resources.

The 21st-century is a technological age. Exposing the students to TI-84 plus CE calculators in the middle school years will allow them to become familiar with the calculator and its functions. This newer-generation calculator will be used in mathematics courses in college. It will help them develop the skills necessary for their success.

In Their Own Words

“We were able to get batteries for our calculators through our last project. It would be great if the students next year didn’t have to worry about batteries, charging a calculator is so much easier.”

– Jakyra

“Ms. T has one of those calculators. It’s so cool because the graphs are in color! It’s so much easier to tell which line belongs where then. It’s so much easier to understand.”

– Dwayne

“They’ll be able to take the old calculators home for the year to help with homework.”

– Di’Mon

We are going to be mathematical leaders in this project because we are going to get everyone excited about it. A leader takes responsibility and action by accepting the challenge to become better. Sometimes we are not very excited about doing classwork, but it will be better with access to every tool every time. We’re setting positive examples by helping next year’s students. We will share this web link on social media site, verify the order and make sure it’s delivered if it gets funded.

I understand how much into the classroom with buying supplies and teaching. The things that we want can make the classroom so much better. The students next year deserve better supplies than the stuff we get stuck with. It’s not fair that we’re not given the same opportunities as other kids. I want to go to college and I feel like I’m not going to know as much as the other kids when I get there because I wasn’t able to end the cycle.

You can make a donation to the project here or you can search on DonorsChoose.org for projects happening at your local school.

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