School of Education Contributes to Teach for America Classroom
This fall, the School of Education, in collaboration with Student Affairs, completed a successful supplies drive for Jaime Behen ('13) who is working with Teach for America at Gilcrease Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jaime teaches 2nd grade, and when she arrived at her school in August realized that she needed all kinds of basic supplies that the district was not able to provide. “Every student within Gilcrease receives free breakfast & lunch,” Jaime says. “I have some students pick up a breakfast bin in the morning, and feed them all in my classroom before we begin our day. This is to ensure that every child receives at least two meals daily, even if their families are struggling at home. Many of our students take part in a "backpack program" which gives them a bag of food to take home over the weekend to ensure that they are eating.”
Coordinated by the Education Club and Kappa Delta Pi, Endicott students, faculty, and staff have contributed an assortment of school supplies for the students in Jaime's classroom, including Endicott College tote bags, small whiteboards, markers, and grade level books. In Jamie’s words: "These supplies will allow my students to move beyond the all-too-common, basic teacher-textbook-worksheet type of education, and jump right into facilitating the curiosity that guides a lifetime of learning."