The Issue: Early Education Improves Academic Performance
According to data from a lifetime study beginning in preschool, children involved in early-education programs are more likely to graduate from high school and hold a job, and less likely to commit crimes.
The Campaign: Digital Microscopes for Interactive Learning
If this Grassroots campaign raises $450, then Metropolitan Family Services can purchase three new digital microscopes for its children's centers. Each additional $150 raised will be used to buy another digital microscope.
As part of prekindergarten science education at the centers, Metropolitan plans to incorporate the digital microscopes to provide students with a more interactive learning experience. For example, teachers will take the students on a fall nature walk where students can pick leaves to later examine under the microscopes. The images can be projected on large screens through a computer, so students can work in groups to study the pictures at the same time and engage in class-wide discussion about their findings.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services, a human-services agency, runs seven community centers throughout Chicago and the suburbs, including two nationally accredited children's centers that provide engaging early-education programming. Nearly 43,000 families and individuals receive counseling or other support services through Metropolitan's elder-care services, early-childhood programs, and other family-oriented programs and services.
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