Obtaining enough funds to run a classroom, particularly in California these days can be a daunting effort, which is why AdoptAClassroom.org was established.
Run in a similar fashion to Kickstarter, the goal of AdoptAClassroom.org "is to provide teachers with an easy and effective way to market their classroom needs to potential donors locally and across the country," according to their official website.
Several teachers in Calabasas have wish lists posted on the site.
- Polly Tattersall of Bay Laurel writes: Our third grade class would love to have 5 iPads for our classroom to use in small groups. The small group work in our class focuses on reading comprehension improvement and reinforcing math skills. We love IPads because they make learning fun and they help us improve our 21st century learning skills.
- Andrew Falk of Calabasas High School writes: I would like to purchase historical films that tell stories related to American and European History. Students learn history faster and listen more intently when it`s presented in an interesting visual way. With digital technology, historical movies today are very accurate in terms of the details. This allows the kids to get a true perspective of what the past was like.
- Patti Harris of Calabasas High School writes:
Although I teach in a relatively affluent neighborhood, I have many students who do not come from affluent household. Many are children of the maid, nanny's etc. Many parents work more one job in order to pay the rent on an apartment in this community so that their children can attend Calabasas High School. I find that many students do not have the extra money to buy a book or notebook. Sometimes it is a matter of not having a working printer at home, or the ink for it. Often, I provide the above things and pay for them out of my own pocket. I know that it is embarrassing for some and I try very hard to find ways to ease their discomfort. Help with these types of things will help level the playing field. The picture below is of my class celebrating the completion of a lengthy research project. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.