A couple weeks ago I posted on Facebook that I was teaching AP English this year and my students were unable to afford the testing fees. The cost is $89 per exam, although if a student is enrolled on the free lunch program, it is $15. I did the math and for my 73 students to all take the test it was going to cost $3,314. So I put it out on Facebook, as did my wife, and waited to see what would happen. It was actually pretty amazing what did happen. As of yesterday when test fees were due, people had sent in $6,435 for AP test fees. I was able to take the extra $3,121 and put it toward other students at school to take the test in different subject areas. Overall, the donated money paid for almost 150 students to attempt to earn college credit.
I was pretty much in awe as the checks rolled in and it was culminated when an ex-teacher who is involved in his church saw the post, met with his church's leadership, and by the end of the week, the church wrote a check for $2,450. As my wife said right after the first few checks arrived, "This restores my faith in humanity." I have to agree. My students were incredibly touched by the outpouring of generosity and so was I. 64 people donated to the cause and there will be 64 thank you cards going out early next week.
If a student passes the AP test they earn college credit so it saves them anywhere from $2,000 to 4,000 depending where they go to school. So the people who helped were basically investing in my students and that is awesome.
in my personal life I absolutely HATE asking people for favors. In fact, I rarely do and when I do it must be a borderline emergency. But asking on behalf of my kids was easy. I'm so happy and proud of everyone who helped out.
Echocardiography by Allen Gee
This is personal narrative essay written by a 50 year old man who experienced heart troubles and spent just under a week in the hospital healing. It wasn't a heart attack but rather an electrical malfunction that required a little shock to the heart to jump start it. It also left the author taking seven pills a day for the rest of his life.
Essay: 9 of 10 or 0 of 10
I respect the writing and the story and I can honestly say that it is very good essay. But the author is 50 (I'm 45), the author is married with a three year old daughter (I'm married and my daughter is three in May), and the author has a heart issue and questions his mortality, (I don't have a heart problem yet and I question my mortality daily). This essay may have just hit a little too close to home and I think I hate it.
Teachability: 1 of 10
There just isn't much in here that would interest a teenager, what with them being invincible and all.