I have the privilege of working in a Title I school as a fourth grade bilingual teacher. My students are all first- and second-generation immigrants. This year is very special to me because I had almost all of these students in first grade three years ago when the pandemic hit. So now I get to do a “redo” with them! They are the most responsible, driven and kind children I have ever taught. They take pride in their work and find joy in simple things.
I know their families work tirelessly to provide for their children, so unfortunately they are lacking experiences that other children might take for granted. I will be honest, in order to provide my students with an enriching educational experience, something I believe every child deserves, I spend a lot of my own money. Getting The Walking Classroom was such a blessing. Almost every sunny day I’m met with a chorus of, “Can we do The Walking Classroom today?”
Watching my students’ excitement as they line up for The Walking Classroom is the highlight of my day. My students deserve the world, and I am grateful to be able to give them a wonderful learning opportunity.
Charles A. Mulligan Elementary