I was doing my periodic scan of everyblock.com for Frankford issues and tripped over this page. Teacher at Smedley is trying to raise money for classroom supplies. This is how she puts it:
My students attend an elementary school in Philadelphia, PA. We are a very structured school, but are unfortunately located in a low-income area, and are known for being in one of the most dangerous parts of the city. Our school was even donned the nickname “Deadly Smedley,” before Mastery took over. Even with those surroundings, our students still come to school every day with smiles on their faces because they know that they are one step closer to going to college. Many of our students have lost parents and siblings due to the crime in the neighborhood, and many have witnessed those happenings themselves. This does not hold our students down. They are always striving to be on the next reading level, or to get a 100% on their Benchmarks. Having Spanish allows our students to “leave” their daily life, and travel to different Spanish-speaking countries to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the people who live in those countries.
Donorschoose.org is the site where you can make a contribution to the cause or just read more about it here.