Since this will be my final year teaching, it is especially poignant for me looking back over many decades as a teacher, student and parent. I’m also looking forward to another generation of our family attending Culver City schools.
This year, as usual, my students will receive a box of crayons and several pencils, but no colored pencils this year. Our schools are being pinched in so many ways.
I bought my students some supplies at Office Depot. Teachers always plan on spending several hundred dollars a year on supplies and fun rewards for their great students. Our PTA and booster clubs always pitch in too. And this year they will rise to the challenge again.
Like me, they will send that check to their booster club, PTA, the CC Youth Health Clinic, and to the Culver City Education Foundation. They know that their PTA provides site -specific programs that keep their money close to their schools. They know that their older kids will need to have the superior health services the Health Clinic provides. But do they know how much the CCEF does for their child in their school?
This year all 3rd grade students in the district will get a musical instrument. They will have a series of assemblies to listen to jazz and to touch and play approximately 15 instruments during the course of the year. My students will have monthly lessons about nutrition, and learn to garden from Growing Great. This year we’ll have more Brightlinks boards to our 3rd grade classrooms, too. The funding source for all of this is CCEF.
So this year, like last year, I will be writing one additional check. This one will be for CCEF’s ALL for 1 campaign. I am certain that this investment will be well spent; will come back to my school and to my students many fold, and preserve the arts, music and assemblies like "We Tell Stories," and computer programs like SuccessMaker. My property values will stay high, my students will benefit, and my lawn will proudly sport a sign that says "I SUPPORT CCUSD SCHOOLS."
Join me in supporting CCEF by going to their website and making a donation.
El Marino Language School
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