Ten of my students here in Tampa Bay, Florida decided to forego late night movies, video games, hanging out at the beach with friends, and time away from school. On their spring break, these high school students decided to instead tutor math to underprivileged kids at Beekman House and Beyond Readiness in New York City. Through amazing corporate sponsorships and student sponsorships, my team and I were able to save their parents an expense they couldn't afford.
"they decided to forego late night movies, video games, and hanging out at the beach with friends"
Far from ever living privileged lives, most of my students grew up in houses of low socioeconomic status where many of their parents struggled to put food on the table from week to week. Yet, they still look forward to sharing their love of learning and passion for mathematics in the hopes that they can inspire students with similar backgrounds to strive for academic success despite all obstacles.
They are, indeed, true models of the adage that says the best way to learn new material is to teach it. However, they represent far more than that. Chosen for the strength of their character, these students exemplify dedication, leadership, and perseverance, which Mrs. Brown (chaperone/teacher) says is “just a testimony to who these students really are.”
"these kids are not privileged in any way"
The ultimate purpose of this mission trip, which we hope to do every year from now on…goes beyond algebra and arithmetic—it's an invaluable life lesson.
By inspiring our students to share their knowledge, we teachers hope that our students will be able to learn the true value of education, count the blessings in their own lives, and truly appreciate what it means to give back to the community.
Thank you to the staff of Channel 10 News for featuring my kids!
"we teachers hope that our students will be able to learn the true value of education, count the blessings in their own lives, and truly appreciate what it means to give back to the community"
Meet some of our Marvelous Students!
“We are very passionate about showing EVERY student love and offering EVERY student an opportunity to display their gifts and talents.”
We have picked 10 incredible students to visit NYC for 5 days! We plan to visit America’s only Museum of Math and the Museum of Finance on Wall Street.
What makes this trip unique is that this is also a Math Mission Trip ✨ our own low income students will be helping NYC students, that are also economically challenged, with math tutoring!
Not only are they giving service to those in need, but our students will be able to immerse themselves in the culture and see the sights! So hop on board and sponsor a high school student to immerse in the greatest math classroom, the World!
“immerse them in the greatest math classroom, the World!”
photo by one of our Sponsors Vicky Flores Photography.
Note from Mrs. Cote:
I am begging anyone who will listen….please sponsor a High Schooler, they need some ❤ too….but tend to be the ones forgotten (all of these kids are on the Free/Reduced Lunch Program and several are foster kids). Two of the students have lost a parent. Because they are lacking in finances and a stable home, most have never had an opportunity to leave Florida.
When it comes to receiving help for High School teenagers…well “they are the Forgotten Children”
Thanks to our current sponsorships, and especially BookBag Tours.…we are GOING!!!
Here is how YOU can still help the kids:
Each student needs 8 sponsors! For $50 You will get photos from the trip and a personal letter from them!! (or fully sponsor a child for $400!)
You can pay via our gofundme page (although they take about 3% of it) or you can mail a check / money order (so kids get full amount of donation) directly to:
205 Kensington Road
Greenville, SC 29617
Have Venmo? You can send money to Bookbag Tours that way too!
VENMO to Kenneth-George-4
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Who are we?
Two passionate minority female Math teachers in Tampa, FL who will do anything for our kids!
To email us: click here.
Thanks to corporate discounts and sponsorships, we were able to get everything included for just $450 per student…..this is where the individual sponsors come in!!
“My only job is to feed her, give her shelter and clothe her”
Oh, how I wish I could just adopt so many of my students….if only you can hear these parents, mothers, fathers, say things like “oh, I can’t stand my daughter” or “I cant wait till she’s 18 [to move out]” or “she’s stupid like her father” or “this is why she’s not my favorite child”
or (my favorite) “My only job is to feed her, give her shelter and clothe her, its your job to teach her”.
Then, so called parent thinks they have my support and I will be tougher on their daughters or sons….but their comments and criticisms have the opposite effect…I become more loving towards my student, because as grown as they may look, a daughter or son needs love at all ages and, that lack of feeling loved by these mothers is what “created” who they are in my classroom.
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is now offering Scholarships to High School students!
Through her new Formation Scholarship Program, my high school students, and yours, and yours, who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside the box can apply for her scholarship.
- Minimum 3.5 GPA
- Female applicants only
- Must be accepted into one of the four schools listed above
Now, what if the GPA is lower than 3.5? Or what if your student is male too?
Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, has a scholarship for students who need financial help but may not have a high GPA.
The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults.
- US citizen or Permanent Resident
- 25 years old or younger
- Minimum 2.0 GPA (this is amazing!!!!)
In case you'd like more information on other scholarships that are available (organized by GPA,) click here.
How to feel miserable as a teacher...or learn what not to do before it gets to the point of no return.
Highlight what you currently do now and burn it.
- Constantly comparing yourself to other teachers
- Talk to non-teachers about what you do and expect them to fully understand you do soooo much more
- Base the success of your entire school year on the results of one Test
- Putting Your Family Second
- Undervalue Your Expertise
- Bow to Industry Pressures
- Taking Evaluations Personal
- Do Whatever The Student/Parent/Administrator Asks
- Set Unachievable Goals/Overwhelming Goals To Be Accomplished by Tomorrow
- Making Promises You Cannot Keep