Adopt a Class, Adopt a Teacher

Photo-02Every year we hear the stories of teachers in our community struggling to keep supplies in the classroom by using their OWN money to purchase items for their students. Each year, we support one of our family members who is a teacher through her online fundraising link. Since we have a blog now, we decided to share the names and addresses of teachers throughout New York city who could use support of others. So – if you are reading this blog and want to help – PLEASE DO. Let’s do some social good together. In a country as prosperous as ours, there should not be a struggle for children to have PENS AND PENCILS!

Pick, a teacher, pick a class, pick a school and support. And don’t hoard the knowledge – share this blog, share this list and let us know when you’ve completed your Social Good in the comments below.

These teachers thank you in advance!

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Teacher name: Nadine Pearson

School: PS 290

Link to Donors Choose Page (click link to donate to this class).

NOTE – HAS RECEIVED DONATIONS *YAY*

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Teacher name: Alison Best-Adams

School: Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Drop off information: Drop off materials to the High School on September 2nd from 1 pm to 3 pm

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Teacher name: Juliet Duggins

School: Jordan L. Mott MS 22X, 270 East 167th Street, Bronx, NY 10469

Drop off information:  Mail c/o Juliet Duggins or dropped off between 8 am and 3pm Monday-Friday

Supply requests: 2 inch binders, loose leaf paper, pencils, pens, composition books

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Teacher name: Deirdre O’Bryant

School: C.S. 21, 180 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Drop off information: Mail c/o Deirdre O’Bryant

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Teacher name: Aida Crowley

School: C.S. 21, 180 Chauncey Street, Rm 211 Brooklyn, NY 11233

Drop off information: Mail c/o Aida Crowley or drop-off on September 2 all day

Supply Requests: pens, folders, 2 inch binders, sheet protectors, electric sharpener

NOTE: HAS RECEIVED DONATIONS *YAY*

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Teacher name: Maria Lebron

School: C.S. 21, 180 Chauncey Street, Rm 302 Brooklyn, NY 11233

Drop off information: Mail c/o Maria Lebron

Supply Requests: folders pens, crayons, markers, dry erase markers

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Teacher name: Phoebe Eligon-Jones

School: Benjamin Cardozo High School

Link to Donors Choose Page (click link to donate to this class).

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Teacher name: Janelle Rollocks-Flinch

School: TYWLS of Brooklyn, 32 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Drop off information: Mail c/o Janelle Rollocks-Flinch

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Charitable Organization: Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, 2010 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Drop off information: Send donations of any and all supplies to the attention of Naomi Hopkins

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Teacher name: Lenise Rogers

School: P.S. 40, 265 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203

Drop off information: Mail c/o Lenise Rogers

Supply Requests: Pencils, composition notebooks, folders

NOTE – HAS RECEIVED DONATIONS *YAY*

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Teacher name: Lisette Caesar

School: Mosaic Prep, 141 East 111th Street, NY, NY 10029

Drop off information: Mail any time – supplies needed all year round

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Principal name: Cynthia Rochez

School: PS 50, 433 East 100th Street, NY, NY 10029

Drop off information: Mail any time – supplies needed all year round

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Teacher name: Shana Alston

School: Providence House (pre-school), 703 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Drop off information: Mail any time – supplies needed all year round

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Principal name: Celeste Douglas Wheeler

Drop off information: 125 Stuyvesant Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Supply Requests: Pencils, binders, loose leaf paper, composition notebooks, folders

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Vice Principal name: Cluny Lavache

School Name: Bedford Academy High School, 1119 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216

Drop off information: Drop off August 26-28 from 11am to 2pm

Supply Requests: loose leaf paper, dry erase markers, pens, pencils, composition notebooks

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Teacher name: Aisha Harrison

School: Academy of Urban Planning, 400 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Drop off information: Drop off on 9/2 or 9/3 between 8:30 and 3 pm or year round

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Teacher name: Ebony McLean

School: Madiba Prep Middle School, 1010 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Drop off information: Mail c/o Lenise Rogers

Supply Requests: Binders, loose leaf paper, pens (blue and black ink), pencils

Two Right Handed Parents, One Left Handed Kid

When Lady C was 2 and half years old she started reading independently. At first we thought she was just memorizing books so color us shocked when she started reading book after book without having it read to her first. She is now 5 and can read pretty much anything she puts her hands on and is enjoying chapter books. We don’t say this to impress you because all kids have SOME special skill where they accelerate and then lack in some other area. Our kid is an early reader and our kid’s area of concern is HANDWRITING!

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CAUGHT ‘EM! They put themselves in this position…

So while Lady is reading books left and right (pun intended) including reading to her sister, we noticed that she was not holding writing utensils well… we noticed that she was holding them in her left hand. Neither of us are left handed and it proved to be difficult to show her or teach her the proper grip. Couple that with over use of tablet devices and by the time she was in Pre-K her teacher referred her to the in-school Occupational Therapist. She was assessed and sure enough, the report came back that her hold is weak as compared to her fellow students. I know I know — some of you are probably out there thinking, she’s 5! What’s the big deal? And… that’s what we thought when she was 3 and when she was 4 but we started to get more concerned as the year passed particularly because she did not LIKE writing and drawing.

After hearing that report we have focused more on encouraging her to draw and write as much as possible and found ways to make it fun! Practice makes perfect and handwriting would only improve with practice.

Here are some of the things we are doing:

1) We have Lady C write birthday cards for all of her friend’s birthday parties. ALL. She LOVES this and now she looks forward to drawing and is a pro and writing her “To: and From:” greetings. We (un)fortunately go to a lot of kid parties so this happens often. We also encourage her to write and draw stories because her imagination is wild and she always has a good story in her.

2) We encourage her to write on an easel. Holding a writing instrument upright forces a better grip because of the position of the arm.

3) We actually went back to cursed electronic device and got an App called Wet.Dry.Try but we have her use a stylus instead of her fingers. The app provides a progress report and makes writing fun and a game for kids.

4) And this summer we went a step further, we enrolled her in an occupational therapy gym called SPOTS in Brooklyn. We realized that we were holding her back because of our tough time trying to teach her how to write and in 6 weeks of attending she has come around sooooo much. We are so grateful to her Occupational Therapist, Barbara and we made Barbara a card to thank her as well. Lady C looks forward to occupational therapy and is sad that she will be leaving soon.

So – that’s our story. Our kid is not perfect (ha!). Two right handed parents… one left handed kid!

Any other righties raising lefties??? Any lefties raised by righties???

Let us know some tools you have used to improve handwriting!

Reader’s Choice Topic: Open Letter to Your Child’s Teacher

From time to time we will post a discussion topic that has been requested in our online Facebook community. This is the first edition of our “Reader’s Choice” topics and it’s a heavy one, not an easy one… but a topic that is always at the forefront for caregivers of children: PRIMARY SCHOOL EDUCATION.

One of our readers is a primary school teacher. She most recently taught kindergarten in the New York City public school system and will be teaching first grade in the fall. She has been a teacher since 2002 and is very passionate about providing the best education for her students. She became a teacher through the NYC Teaching Fellows Program. This reader happens to also be a very important person in our lives and someone who we rely on to provide us with educational tools for our children. She had a few discussion points centered around primary grades (pre-K to 2nd grade) but we are going to narrow it down to one particular discussion:

FOR GRADES PRE-K TO 2ND GRADE – WHAT ARE THE KEY THINGS THAT YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER?

In thinking about this discussion enjoy THIS “Open Letter” written by a parent to his son’s kindergarten teacher.

If you prepared your own Open Letter to your child’s teacher what would it say? 

We look forward to hearing from you!