Classroom Champions: Goodwin Elementary teacher wants STEM games and activities to help young students

Abbey Rich says her students will learn crucial problem solving skills
Updated: Apr. 17, 2019 at 2:28 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Teachers often spend their own money for extra materials, books and technology to enhance learning for their students. But there is an easy way you can help them get wish list items for their students.

Child Development teacher, Abbey Rich of Goodwin Elementary School turned to to get some extra materials to help her 4 and 5 year old students.

"Right now is the most crucial time in the student's development. And I want to give them a lot of problem solving activities that will stimulate minds to be creative and exploratory," Rich said.

The materials will put her young students on an early path to STEM education, which includes science, technology, engineering and math.

"And these are things the kids can do on their own, they would just need to be taught it once and they'd be able to do it," Rich said.

In her request, Rich points to a study that shows: The behaviors and problem solving skills of 4 and 5 year olds directly mirrors how they will behave and problem solve when they are 25. The study was done by the International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Like other teachers across the country, Rich is turning to the DonorsChoose website for help.

Click here to support Rich’s request.

It shows how every dime of your donation is spent, right down to the taxes and delivery fees. DonorsChoose collects the money, purchases the items and then sends them to the teachers.

Two people have already donated, but she still needs $264 of her $294 request. The blue circle indicates a non-profit is on board to match donations for the rest of the money. She only needs $132, to complete the request.

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