“The righteous gives and does not hold back.” ~ Proverbs 21:26
If I said to you my brothers and sisters that money was not important and that acquiring money was also not important would you believe me? Many of you would disagree, and many of you would not understand to what I am talking about after first reading Proverbs 21:26. I want to say now money is nothing more than a tool. Money is the necessary evil we have to content with if we want to live healthy, productive, comfortable lives. Money is not the end all to the end all. So, you might ask why start out this way if I was going to ask for support? Well my brothers and sisters because I have never used Listening Faithfully to raise money with, I have never asked anyone to give money in the name of God for my own personal gain. But, today I am going to ask something of everyone on behalf of the Inner City Children I teach and will be teaching this summer. But before I do I am going to ask a question that I need you to really think about.
Do you think of yourself as a righteous person?
In other words do you serve the morally good, do you follow religious or moral laws, ideas, oaths, or even listen to your conscience. If the answer to that is yes then I am speaking to you directly. This year I opened up the Summer Tech Team at my school for the first time to 2nd and 3rd grade students. I wanted them to join this year because of what I saw when teaching them during the academic year of 2015-16. These two groups have the hunger, the want to learn, and they are so excited to spend 3 weeks during their summer break learning more about computers, about blogging (which is what I am doing right now), and they want to know more about making movies with software, they want to become better typist, and authors… As a group they really moved my heart!
Now let’s talk about economics for a second… Money is hard to come by for most of the parents who go to my school. They work two jobs and have little time with their children, (my students), let alone to supply extra stuff like my summer program which the school does not support from their own budget. If there is to be a Tech Team 2016 I have to find the money, simply put! Do I have some parents who pay upfront? “Yes”, I do and I want to thank them for doing so. But the larger community of parents don’t because they can’t. If I allowed that simple fact to deter me from finding the money each year I would have never held not one Summer Tech Team! So, I ask for everyone to donate as much as they feel comfortable with, but to support my entire summer program cost’s $3,000 which is really not that much. So, what does this do for the students? Here is a list of topics I will be teaching this year to my 2nd and 3rd grade computer geniuses:
Philosophy: “Students who have access to the Internet learn can manage their own learning.”
1.) Blogging about Computers and Terminology (This Supports English Language Arts)
2.) Computer Instruction – (They learn all about what makes a computer work putting their little fingers all over the parts! This supports Science & Engineering)
3.) Research computer parts and their costs to build a budget (I integrate Math with Google Sheets)
4.) Google Apps that will be used during the year in their Google Classroom. (This supports the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standard: 2 Communication and Collaboration / 6. Technology Operations and Concepts.)
4.1) DuoLingo – language learning platform
4.3) SAS Curriculum Pathways – Analyzing Public Speaking (This Supports English Language Arts)
5.) America’s Navy – STEM for the CLASSROOM (Discovery Education) Robotics and Future Technology – Science Topic “PHYSICS” (This of Course id STEM related – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.)
These are but a few of the target projects that students will engage in during the three short weeks they are in the class. The impact is huge as these little ones grow and begin to be immersed into the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
So, I ask you again… If you are a just person, moral person, a righteous person please help by sending a check or money order today.
Donations or gifts to Ascension for the Summer Tech Team 2016 are tax deductible as we are a 503c organization.
An individual may contribute up to $150 per students tuition or sponsor two for $300. By becoming an Ascension Catholic School Sponsor, you agree that STEM, NGSS, Common Core, and ISTE is and should be part of the curriculum in all classrooms within our school and by donating today you proudly support our efforts to bring this higher rigor of instruction to our community, families, students, and to our instructors through ongoing training. By providing your phone number, you are consenting to receive calls where we will reach out to you to thank you for all your support.
When contacting us by mail or phone please provide us with your name, mailing address, email address, and occupation.
Mail: To contribute by mail, please send a personal check made payable to “Ascension Catholic School” to:Ascension Catholic School
500 W. 111th Pl. Los Angeles, California 90044
Please include your full name, address, phone number, email address, and occupation in the envelope with a note – “Proud to Support the 2016 Summer Technology Team!”
My brothers and sisters, I humbly invite you to contact with me at email@example.com. Let’s open a dialog and share the good news with each other.
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