Sigue con tus suenos....
First let me start off by saying, I believe that my students are the most amazing kids and deserve an education that intersects multiple borders and mindsets.
For the past four years, I have pushed myself and my colleagues to increase experiential learning opportunities to our curriculum at local Chicago High Schools. Research shows that students who participate in educational travel gain social, cultural, and financial capital. Likewise, students with demographics similar to my high school, lack participation in educational travel programs during secondary education and beyond.
I have attempted to write grants, fund-raise, and promoted experiential foreign language instruction for intercity Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½low performingÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ schools. Unfortunately, I have never been successful at getting a donor for my students until this summer. An educational corporation agreed to pay $1420/student for an excursion to Segovia, Spain for each student who fund-raised their deposit of $1250. After months of correspondence and planning, the donor made a decision not to sponsor the students due to their own financial restrictions.
We only have 8 weeks until the departure and my students have worked so hard to fund-raise the money while other teachers have donated money to students who may never have an opportunity like this again. At the same time, my students do not come from the type of family background where they can lose the monies they have sacrificed for the past 8 months.
I need suggestions/feedback... What should I do?