We at MOLOCO decided to ask our employees what the next project for our social good program, MOLOCO Love, should be. Over the past year, we have supported our local restaurants by donating lunch to hospitals around the Bay; we did a donation matching program to support the Black Lives Matter movement; now we want a new way to help our community. There were tons of creative ideas that poured through, but we took a vote, and we decided to "adopt a school." This past quarter we have been working with San Leandro High School to build up a relationship where MOLOCO could help those with one of the toughest, but most important jobs of all, our teachers. Please enjoy this guest blog post by Jill Synnott.
I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 5 years old. I love my job. I have been teaching at San Leandro High School, in San Leandro, California for the past 20 years. I teach English to mostly 12th graders. And, again, I really love my job; it's part of who I am.
And THIS year? March 13, 2020 to today? Has been absolutely insane. I miss my students. This pandemic has been so very hard on them. They are missing prom and graduation and all the highlights of making it, successfully, through 13 years of public education. Because I teach 12th graders, many have gone out and gotten jobs to help their families; they are doing the jobs that no one else wants to do- during a pandemic- like making sure we all get our groceries and gifts delivered.
I tried to figure out a way to say thank you, to my students, for all they are doing to help their families and our community. At the same time, I am trying to figure out a way to get them to still come to my Zoom classes every day. My answer has been books. New books. Relevant books. Books that my students see themselves in. Books written by people who look and talk like my students. Books that tell the stories that my students know so well.
And my students are showing up! They are showing up to class- to read; they are showing up in my driveway at home, to pick up their new books; they are showing up in Zoom discussions and Project LIT Book Clubs. The 12th graders at San Leandro High are showing up.
I wouldn’t be able to do this- to get my students new books during quarantine- if it weren’t for organizations like Donors Choose, an organization that helps me to get my projects out there for people to donate to. And, I wouldn’t be able to get my kids these books without incredibly generous donations from places like MOLOCO. Thanks to one of my colleagues at SLHS, I was able to reach out to MOLOCO, who very quickly and very graciously said- Yes! We’re in! Where do we donate? Because of this donation, I was able to purchase 102 brand new, hardcover books for my 12th graders to use this year. That’s seriously incredible. Normally, it would’ve taken months for me to finish raising money for this project.
So, thank you. Thank you, MOLOCO. I am so grateful. And so are my students.
Join MOLOCO in supporting the teachers of San Leandro High through Donor's Choose!