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!