Westport Middle School is home to over 1,200 students. Eighty-five percent of those students are defined as GAP students, meaning they fit into one or more of the following categories: low income, minority, and/or low achievement on tests.
While the faculty at Westport Middle does a great job educating their students, resources are hard to come by. Some textbooks are over 12 years old and still in use. Those books are out of date and often contain inaccurate information.
Church member Carolyn Hoagland is one of the many dedicated teachers who is working hard to overcome these challenges. When she heard about our Wholeness Grants, she thought of a way to help students at Westport. With the plan in hand, she and her colleague, Caitlyn Workman, came to the church with their request.
What a great request it was!
The proposal would bring the following to Westport Middle:
- Increased computer/technology accessibility to over 200 6th graders
- The use of updated on-line textbooks
- A classroom website
- A news source that allows teachers to send current news articles geared to each student's
- Access to learning games, webquests, BrainPop, videos, and a host of other really great teaching
As you can see in the pictures above, the students are both benefitting and enjoying their new laptops and all that they bring.
We are so grateful for hardworking and dedicated teachers like Carolyn and Caitlyn. They embody the call to bring healing and hope to our often broken world. What a gift it is to be able to help them impact so many students in such a powerful way!
The wholeness grant used to fund this ministry was made possible through your faithful financial support of our church and its ministries and help fund a variety of efforts to make our world a better place. You can find more examples of those efforts or apply for a grant to make the world a better place by clicking here.