Mack's Packs is a program that gives deserving students (Ontario First Nations) school supplies at the beginning of the school year (September 2012) with a hope that it will continue throughout the years with the assistance of donations. This idea came to me as I am an educator and understand the importance of having students come prepared to class. Unfortunately, many students do not have the means to equip themselves with the basic necessities to do this. This program will work similar to a scholarship program where students will be invited to submit an essay on the importance of education alongside taking pride in our culture/history and who we are as a people.
This idea will make a difference because it will allow deserving students to be prepared for a new school year, giving them the confidence to walk into their respective classes feeling like they are ready.
This idea came from the realization that students understand the importance of education and being prepared for school when I was a head dancer at a community's traditional powwow and as my special I had a children's special and the winning youth received a back pack full of much needed school supplies. The participation was outstanding and I had many dancers participating in hopes of receiving one of the five back packs I provided.
I also understand the importance of being prepared as a student because I am continuously taking courses and understand the importance of being prepared. I feel more confident in my ability to tackle the tasks at hand because I have the necessary tools to complete the tasks.
And finally, as an educator, I understand that budgets are sometimes small in nature and having to spend them on basic tools such as pencils, erasers, rulers, etc. takes away from the more important tools that are costly but benefit students who need manipulatives to better understand what is being taught.
If this program receives assistance from this competition, monies will be used to purchase supplies and pay for shipping. With such a program it is doable with any amount of donations/funding but with a larger amount of donations more students can be affected positively by such a program.