Recently we received a letter from an inner city school to put 30 computers into the school to create a lab. In this school of the 177 or so kids in the third grade can read, write or do math proficiently In Philadelphia according to greatschools.org
This is the case for the vast majority of elementary schools in Philadelphia. Yet no one has declared a crisis. Each superintendent comes up with plans to improve, the schools, they move personal around; spend millions of dollars on programs that do not work.
Brillkids a company in China has given us over $750,000 worth of learning software that any baby, toddler, kid any age can learn anything they want in just a few minutes. We have distributed over 1,700 copies over the past few years with every computer we distribute.
My son by the time he was one could read over 1,000 words, count to 100 in English and Spanish and identify hundreds of bits of intelligence like president, primates polygons and more..
By the time he was 2 1/2 he could turn a computer on use a keyboard and play reader rabbit, math rabbit language express and every educational game we could find.
Despite my not being a college graduate, his mother passing away when he was 10 he graduated 2 nd in his class from high school at 17. He was one of the first 400 kids accepted early to Georgetown where he majored in English and taught himself journalism. He has been gainfully employed since graduating college using his amazing skills.
The very first computer we distributed helped a kid in one of the worst drug neighborhoods also graduate college.
I HAVE NO DOUBT ONCE WE RAISE THE REMAINING $2000 THESE COMPUTERS WILL HELP THE KIDS IN THIS SCHOOL TRANSFORM THEIR ACADEMIC AND ECONOMIC ACHIEVMENT.
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Your contribution will make a dramatic difference and begin to turn the tide in Philadelphia.
It is a fact ...Low literacy impacts every aspect of a child’s life, their schools and communities.
Close to 1/4 of all children in our country live in poverty, hundreds of thousands more live on the brink.
McCormick Foundation analysis of census data.
By the age of 3 many children in low income families have not heard enough words to be prepared for success in school. It is reported by many researchers that they start school with a 75% vocabulary deficit and have heard 30 million fewer words than children from higher income families.
Of Children struggling to learn to read in 1st grade, nearly 90% will be poor readers in the 4th grade. In Philadelphia year after year, Superintendent after Superintendent over 60% of children in the 3rd grade can not read, write or do math proficiently.
Children who are not reading proficiently at grade level by 3rd grade are four time more likely to drop out of school.
It does not have to happen. We have demonstrated over the past 20 year that we have the ability if we have the will to distribute low cost refurbished computers to parents loaded with software donated with www.brillkids.com. This software we load on every computer gives parents both the tools, training, and technology thay can use in a short period of time with lots of fun learn anything they want to learn at their own pace and interest.
That is the power of technology.
4 kids that immigrated to the US from Vietnam where their father spent a few years in jail came to TeamChildren and began volunteering. They all got through high school with computers from TeamChildren. All four graduated from college and are now gainfully employed.
One of our teen volunteers who had Aspergres through a combination of Rolfing by Robert Toporek ( www.rolifingtoporek.com)
the Landmark Forum www.landmarkworldwide.com, and the opportunity to learn about technology in our tech center is now one of the best tech students at Widner University.
We are making a difference for kids
With your support we will fully fund and staff our efforts
Thanks for your support
Newsweek recently published an article on how poverty affects the brain what they left our was these critical elements..
More low income children are starting school with an advanced vocabulary due to technology. Thhough many low income children are playing with phones and watching silly programs more and more children are using sesame type programs which have not shown to be effective in moving the meter on being ready for school.
At TeamChildren we are working diligently to promote our software donated by www.brillkids.com and AWELearning.com
This software provides parents in a simple, quick, powerful way improve their young children vocabulary skills, math foundations, encylopedic knowledge, music and art appreaciation and knowledge.
This fall we are comitted to raising $750,000, fully funding and staffing our efforts and spreading the word around our region, acroos the state and throughout our nation.
In addition we are training youth how to run a non profit organization, how to refurbish computers and waht it takes to make a difference.
Throughout the Delaware valley, the state of Pennsylvania, and across the nation thousands and thousands of children begin school unprepared to learn. Their schools are ill equipped and the teachers are ill prepared to have them catch up.
At least half of them will never finish school. Many of the ones that do will simply be socially promoted and a few will actually graduate and go to college..The achievemnt gap begins at home and can end there.
20 years ago we distributed our first computer to a family living in one of the most drug/poverty/violence ridden communities imaginable. That computer enabled Ivan Colon to be prepared for school, graduate high school, and now college.
This but one of the over 70,000 kids our programs have had and impact on, through the over 70,000 computers we have distributed..
Our goal this summer is to raise $150,000 for our summer programs where we will expand out efforts and distribute another 500 computers.
We have 10 teens we will hire to help us accomplish our mission.
This year we discovered that in the world of Transforming the Achievment Gap and Ending the Digital common sense does not prevail. We need surveys and data, we need funding and a staff, we need more top notch adminsitrative volunteers.
We learned that no matter how many time we failed to accomplish a goal what is critical is never stopping.
We are now working with a young man whose family is the first we gave massages to and the first we gave a computer.
This May he will be graduating a 4 year university, not only the first in his family of over 7 brothers and sisters but the first in his entire neighohood "The BadLands of North Philadelphia"
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