In the Bay Area, STEM education can help break the cycle of poverty but many students come from families who can't afford to purchase the tools needed to succeed in the classroom. A middle school math teacher asks "How do I teach Algebra readiness when 85% of my class doesn't have a calculator? They have no way to participate in class or do their homework."
By giving these students calculators, we are giving them the tools needed to succeed in the classroom and break the cycle of poverty.
In the Silicon Valley there are 388,000 children who qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Meal Plan, enough to fill AT&T Ballpark 9 times. These students are living in families where the annual income falls below $30,000 for a family of 4. We believe that education is a key to breaking the cycle of poverty and, regardless of socio-economic background; every child deserves to begin school with the supplies needed to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
By giving these students calculators, we are giving them the tools needed to fully participate in the classroom. They are able to take an active role in their learning and have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education.
Education is a key to breaking the cycle of poverty. With 80% of U.S. jobs created in the next decade requiring math and science skills, sending children to school prepared with backpacks and supplies will equip tomorrow's workforce with the skills they need to succeed.
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