At first glance, the words in the graphic really resonate. They're powerful, productive and inspire motivation. They're the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa celebrates Unity; Creativity; Faith; Giving Gifts and what better way to honor the holiday celebration than to help fully fund this program at Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School in El Paso, TX. The equity focus at this school is more than 50% being of Black, Latinx, and/or Native American descent. As well, more than 50% come from low-income households.
Mrs. Calderon who teaches Grades (PreK-2) wanted to help her students utilize their physical and social strengths with exercise equipment. This equipment includes a basket ball hoop, obstacle course, bowling set, balance beams and wobble boards, and various items like a parachute, picnic mat and covers to protect the new items.
Here is what she says about her students, "My students are ages 3-5 and overcome different challenges daily. Many of my students find it hard to socially interact with others and follow instructions. They tend to thrive on consistency and structure. My students need extra guidance support and modified equipment to be able to enjoy the activities they love, such as playing basket ball, climbing, balancing, jumping and many other physical activities. They are all loving in their unique way and I truly care for each and every single one of them. Their safety is my number one priority."
Her project is called Exercising with 'Addaptability' and in her words is described as, "Help me "Add" exercise in a diverse classroom environment with "Add"aptability. My students require daily supervision, one on one assistance, visual representations, and tactile prompts to perform to the best of their ability. I'm a teacher with students from 3-5 years old; it can be challenging to keep all my students engaged and safe while playing outside. Adaptive equipment such as a basket ball hoop, soccer kit, baseball kit, balance beam and other adaptive equipment will "Add" a safe environment as well as "Add" independence and self confidence to help build on their everyday needs. Some of my students struggle to socially interact with others and will often show their frustration through behavior. Behaviors can consist of anywhere from screaming to throwing objects as well as hitting others and elopement. The adaptive equipment will give them the opportunity to socially interact with others as well as build fine motor skills and self confidence to participate in daily activities."
We wish her class much success with helping regulation and cooperation and congratulate her on being someone who wishes to give her students something extra beneficial.
Her personal sweet note to us:
Dear The Raise Collection,
My project just got funded! Can't wait to use all this great equipment with my students. Thank you for being a part of making this happen! My students will be so excited to see use and explore all the excersize equipment. I can't wait to take pictures and show the impact you have made