Claire Beyer went to High School with me, and now she works for Teach for America in Roma, TX, teaching Middle School History (I know, I'm glad it's her and not me too). Roma is in one of the poorest counties in the country, and the estimated average income of Claire's students' parents is about $8,000. This year, Claire is leading an annual trip to Washington DC for these students, which is a really great opportunity for them to learn about other parts of the US and the way our government works. The only problem is, the trip costs about $1300 for each student. The students are doing fund raisers in their community, but given the poverty there, there aren't many available funds to be raised.
People who read this blog often complain about the level of education in this country, and here is a concrete, specific way to help: donate a few dollars to this project. As Claire writes, "I want to give my students every opportunity that a kid in an affluent school would have. My students are growing up in an environment where their options seem limited to drug trafficking, border patrol, or minimum wage. I want to take every chance I can to show them what else they are capable of."
I know there are a lot of good organizations to give your money to, but please consider giving some money to this one, as educated people who sometimes get a laugh from less educated people.
Here is the link, one more time.
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