Thursday, March 29, 2012
Day 89: Donated a Printer
As I have mentioned many times on this blog, my wife is a teacher here in Chicago. She takes tremendous pride in how hard she works to ensure that her students are at grade level in each of their subjects, and prepared to advance on in school. I see all of the effort that she puts in to each and every child in her classroom, and while she works extremely hard for the children, a teacher can only do so much. It is up to the parents to have an active role in the educational lives of their children outside of the classroom. Lindsey has been blessed with a number of parents who see this and work to ensure that their children's learning doesn't end at 3:30 in the afternoon.
Recently, Lindsey told me a story about one such set of parents. They are extremely supportive of the education of their daughter, and it shows as she is one of the top performing students in my wife's classroom. At home, the mom preaches the importance of education to her children as she understands what it takes for a child to be successful. One of the ways that she helps further her children's learning at home is by printing off fun and creative homework assignments. However, a few weeks back, the family's printer broke, and they don't have the disposable income to purchase a new printer. Lindsey has told me time and time again how much of an impact these assignments have had on her student's education, and we have been trying to figure out a way that we could help. We have a perfectly fine printer sitting in our house that we rarely use, and recently, I received a printer from my company for use in my home office. Rather than take out my aggressions on our old printer, for today's random act of kindness, we will be donating it to the family of my wife's student. They definitely deserve it for all that they do to ensure the success of their kids in the classroom and beyond.