Education Fund Initiatives

*Funded* VPL Liked This Initiative: Girls Build LA Through Media Production

*Funded* VPL Liked This Initiative: Girls Build LA Through Media Production

Ms. Mar teaches at J H Hull Middle School in Torrance CA, which is a Title I school with a diverse cultural, socio economic, and extracurricular background. Her project is to get an iPad mini as a tool for the school's "Girls Build LA" team to learn technology skills and help maintain visual evidence and media projects for their campaign. The focus of the project is to measurably increase classmate interest in college and STEM education. The students will host meetings, plan events, design college/STEM workshops, and co-host a STEM Family night at their school. 

We helped kick start her campaign, and we received an update from her that the project is now fully funded. We cannot wait to get more update via social media. 


"Dear VPL,

Our Hawk Girls Build LA and school site thank you for your consideration and thoughts. We have a social media site through weebly and Twitter (@HawksBuildLA) and we have been recording our progress in increasing college and STEM interest where we have reached out to 65% of our peers. We hope to reach 100% by May 2017 and your gift will give us a tool to help keep track of our events in a timely manner. Thank you!

With gratitude,
Ms. Mar"

*FUNDED* VPL Liked This Initiative:

*FUNDED* VPL Liked This Initiative: "At Home Math Fun"

Mrs. Baham James teaches at Chahta-Ima Elementary School in Lacombre, LA where 90% of students receive free / reduced price lunch. Many of them are being raised in single parent households where money and resources are scarce. But her students love math, especially girls. 

She says: 

"The students in my class enjoy playing games, so the Multiplication Electronic Flashcards and the fractions games with surely be enjoyed by all."

We gave a seed fund to kick start her campaign, and received a note from her recently.  

"Dear VPL,

Thank you for funding my at home math project. This project will allow my students, parents, and siblings the opportunity to share in the learning that is going on in the classroom at home. They will also be able complete math homework and projects using the necessary supplies needed to complete them. Again thank you for always supporting our future,

With gratitude,
Mrs. Baham-James"


We are so happy to hear about the news. 

*This project will reach 20 students.*

*Funded* VPL Liked This Initiative:

*Funded* VPL Liked This Initiative: "Gifted Girls Programming Radical Robots"

Mr. Hopkins is a middle school teacher at a tiltle-1 school in California.  He said, "I teach at a title-I school in a large city in California and want to show the students that computer science has nothing to do with income or gender. You want to learn to code a robot? Think like a computer scientist. It starts with attitude, and our students have an abundance of good-attitudes.
The female students I teach are low-income but high-energy middle school students with a desire to start a journey in programming and robotics.

Females have always been underserved in the robotics world. Our magnet schools promote project based learning, creativity and problem solving. Building these 21st century skills is an essential vision we have for our middle school students, especially the girls. Sometimes our school budgets don't equal our vision. These young minds could excel with the proper tools." In order for her to start her library, we have given a seed fund to kick start his campaign.

Mr. Hopkins sent us a note informing us that the project got fully funded now...along with some pictures. We are excited for the girls to have an amazing teacher like Mr. Hopkins and the opportunity given to them.

 "Dear VPL,

I cannot thank you enough for the generous contribution to our Lego robotics program. Your donation allowed us to buy a Lego robot specifically for a female team. The girls are now learning how to build and program the robot. Our goal is to enter the team in the Lego competition next fall.

Recruiting more female students into robotics, computer science, engineering, etc. is one of our charges as public educators. Middle school is a great starting point. The Lego robotics program provides the opportunities for problem solving and team work with technology and the girls love it. It becomes a wonderful launch into the world of computer science.

We hope to build more momentum and recruit more girls as a result of getting the robot and we will. Thanks again for your generous contributions. The students are loving the robot.

With gratitude,
Mr. Hopkins"