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We are a Title I school meaning low socioeconomic status, and the entire school is on the free breakfast and lunch program. We have a large refugee population, and many of our students receive special education services. The majority of our students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Some of these students have daily struggles that come from traumatic backgrounds. This doesn't stop them from coming to school and trying their best. With all the diversity, each one of my students knows they are entering a safe and loving classroom that is part of a school that runs as one big family. Our school is focusing as a staff on adolescent trauma and resiliency. Last school year, I had 32 students. I had a student who lost both parents within 6 months time due to drug overdoses, 5 grandparents raising their grandchildren, 3 incarcerated parents, an autistic child and 5 refugee students. It was a year of building trust and deepening relationships with my students. They were a smart and active group.
It has taken us 4 years to collect 18 Chromebooks in our class. We are hoping to get 10 more soon so that we will be almost 1:1 with technology. YAY! The addition of a storage cart and charging station will ease our cord and charging mess 100%. However, most importantly, it will protect and extend the life of our devices. We use technology every day and have tried to really take care of our prized Chromebooks. Students work individually and, more often than not, double up on our devices. They get used! Having this cart addition to our room will save a large amount of instructional time and overall frustratios with devices not being properly charged each day or stored safely.