Help would be appreciated
- It is with hat in hand that I am making this request. I know that many of
us have already given a lot to various organizations over the last few
months because of hurricanes and the like, but I have a request, one for
which I know that 100% of the money raised will go to the cause.
At my school, we take students on Field Trips during the first two weeks of
March. It is up to each teacher to design a Field Trip and take about 10
students along. Our school mission principles include service to humanity,
value of physical labor, intercultural understanding, creative expression,
and intellecual curiosity (you are welcome to visit the school website for
the exact mission statement www.vvsaz.org). I have been working for 4 years
trying to design a field trip that includes as many of the mission
principles as possible. I finally have approval from my school to lead the
trip as long as I can raise the money for it. Personally I am giving $3,000
towards it, and the other trip leader is giving $1,500 towards it, the
school gives $4,000 towards field trips that come out of student tuition.
You are asking what is he talking about? Well here is my project in a
nut-shell and what I hope to raise. I would like to take 10 students to
Malawi to teach teacher trainees at a Teacher Training College how to use
calculator technology in their classrooms. Gertrude was in Malawi this
summer and met with the Minister of Education and her secretary and some
MP's who all think that this is a great idea and are very excited to help
out. They will be giving us a place to stay and possibly feeding us, and
giving us some transportation. I would rather not count on that and have
the money in the budget to provide for these. I know that some of you are
sceptical about using technology in the classrooms, and must be thinking
that there must be something else that can be done in Malawi besides this.
This part of the project will only be done in the first week and I believe
that I should stick with my skill set, i.e., I have been teaching math for
12 years and it is what I am good at and what I feel that I have the most
experience leading students with. During the second week, we will be
looking for volunteer work that we may be able to do at some of the national
parks in exchange for a free visit, etc. I know how technology can be used
effectively in a classroom and I intend for my students to show teachers how
much mathematics they know through their instruction. My wife and I will
also be leading the students who sign up through a language and cultural
training program in the months before the trip, as they create the materials
for the teachers that correlate with the already established curriculum. We
will be creating materials that support what is already in place, not
replace it with anything else.
I will be taking some Native American students and several who are on
financial aid, and this is the reason for my request. My school does not
believe in having elitist field trips that only the rich can afford, so I am
required to raise the money so that the students that want to go can. I
figure that the money that I need to raise is about $15,000, this would
allow me to be able to offer it for nearly nothing for everyone. I do have
some grant requests out, but I don't know what will become of them. My
school is a 501 (3)(c) non profit organization and all contributions will be
tax deductible, so I am asking for help from individuals and companies. If
anyone has a reference of someone who may be willing to help, based on your
personal recommendation, that would also be appreciated. If you are
interested in helping out, or have more questions about the trip, please
feel free to contact me off the list at danield@....
I am sorry to put this on the list, but I have been given a fairly short
amount of time to raise the money and I am exploring every possibility.
Thanks for your time, and I hope that you will be willing to help.