Archive | January 2013

School Supplies for Ghana

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With the help of my 44 students and their parents, we’ve achieved my first goal since returning from Ghana last summer. Students collected money to buy school supplies for the kids at the Mafi Tsati and Gbokorpe School in Ghana (“my” village). Some students brought in their allowance, others did extra chores around the house to earn money, several students worked together to set up picture sales, garage sales, and lemonade stands.

After sharing photos and stories from my trip to Ghana, my students all agreed that they wanted to do something for the kids in the Mafi Tsati and Gbokorpe School. They were especially impacted by the fact that the students I taught in the village didn’t have pencil sharpeners; they used the brick walls of the classroom instead for this purpose. We’re sending 300 pencil pouches each with 2 pencils, one big eraser, and a metal pencil sharpener. As we worked together to “stuff” the pencil pouches, I overheard one of the students say, “It feels good to help others!” Yes it does, but there’s more to do…

Next mission: raise money to buy Maxwell a computer so he and I can more easily communicate, and our students can learn from each other via video chat.

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Each Friday in my classroom, we spend some time reflecting on our learning for the week, and students choose what they want to write about in their reflection notebooks. Here are a few of their entries:

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In the life of a seven year old in Cardiff, CA, packing 300 pencil pouches is “a lot of work” 🙂

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