Summer 2016

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recipe for success | 9 summer 2016 ATPE SUCCESS STORIES During the 2014-15 school year, ATPE provided $31,482 in matching funds for its members through ATPE members created 130 projects at 110 schools, reaching more than 16,000 students. Here are some of their stories. YOUR CLASSROOM COULD BE NEXT. SET UP YOUR PROJECT AT DONORSCHOOSE.ORG TODAY! PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMY CAMP; JUAN DE LA CRUZ JUAN DE LA CRUZ Farmersville High School, Farmersville, TX Mr. de la Cruz teaches four diferent levels of Spanish at the small Farmersville High School. He begins each class by having the students translate sentences. The school doesn't have enough English-Spanish dictionaries to go around, and those they do have are falling apart. The students often have to wait their turn, using valuable class time. Mr. de la Cruz requested English-Spanish dictionaries to aid his students in their translations. Thanks to donations and matching funds from ATPE, Mr. de la Cruz was able to buy 20 English-Spanish dictionaries for his students. " has been an added resource in requesting what my students need and beyond, like dictionaries and feld trips related to education. My students and I no longer have to worry about paying for school items that truly make learning much easier and fun because of the help of generous donors from" – Juan de la Cruz JEREMY JACKSON Pasadena High School, Pasadena, TX Mr. Jackson had his students research designs for pedal- powered charging stations. In addition to learning the engineering skills necessary to build these devices, the students will engage in physical activity while charging their phones and tablets. With donations from individuals and matching funds from ATPE, Mr. Jackson was able to purchase soldering irons that the students will use to build their charging stations. "I am so thankful for ATPE partnering with to provide materials for classrooms. The process is seamless and really makes a diference when trying to get a project funded. Thanks for your support." – Jeremy Jackson AMY CAMP PPCD Program, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Katy, TX Ms. Camp requested a range of auditory, physical, visual, and tactile sensory items to use in her Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) classroom. These items allow the children in the PPCD program to participate in classroom activities with their peers. With the help of six individual donations and the matching funds from ATPE, Ms. Camp now has the tools she needs to help her students reach their potential. "The materials we received have greatly benefted my students! We are so thankful to ATPE and all of the donors for supporting our class!" – Amy Camp

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