How you can support a budget-strapped soccer team during the 12 Days of Giftmas
Image via Brogden Middle School
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As the ISS (in-school suspension) instructor at Brogden Middle School in Durham, North Carolina, Carla Kirkland helps students manage academic, behavioral, and emotional problems. She’s also the girls' soccer coach. From her perspective, the two jobs go hand in hand.
They're not ‘bad kids.’ They just need to be dealt with creatively. That's one reason it's so important for them to play team sports. They need to be able to be a part of a group that will instill in them a sense of respect and a healthy dose of self-esteem. They get this by playing team sports here at school. Through playing on a team, they earn respect and find value.
Unfortunately Brogden has a “nonexistent” athletic department budget, Kirkland writes on DonorsChoose.org. It doesn’t help that the Durham School Board cut $15 million from the district’s budget in April, part of a nationwide trend of educational austerity.
Heading into the new season, Kirkland started an online campaign to raise money for the soccer program, which hasn’t replaced its shorts, socks, balls, pinnies, or any other equipment in five years.
By donating to my project, you'll give my students a heightened sense of school pride, self-confidence, and a desire to be a leader. They will be able to act like a leader both on and off the field. People will look up to them and listen to them because of their awesome abilities. Please help me help my students!