JFSA volunteers and Truly Nolan packed and delivering winter break food to Homer Davis.
Join the Jewish Community Relations Council in our adopt-a-school program, Making a Difference Every Day. The Homer Davis Project in our effort to reach out to underserved school children in our community at Homer Davis Elementary School, part of the Flowing Wells School District.
Homer Davis Elementary has a high poverty population [in its enrollment] that, at any given time, hovers around 87.7% at or below the United States poverty limits. The JCRC was looking for a school to work with that was in a socio-economic area that required a true partnership, one that was performing, and one that was dedicated to improving the lives its students and the community.
The Homer Davis Project serves Homer Davis Elementary through homework help for students, an outdoor beautification project, snacks and meal packs for the neediest students, as well as providing backpacks and school supplies. The school is K-6 with about 492 students. JCRC plans to attract community partners from the Jewish community, the business community, individual donors and, especially, in the school district’s zip code, 85705, in an effort to make this an ongoing sustainable community wide project.
The Homer Davis Project needs your help. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer as a homework helper, donor, community partner, or sponsor, we would like to hear from you. For additional information, please contact MaryEllen Loebl, 577-9393, ext. 138 for more information.
VOLUNTEER IN THE CLASSROOM
“Homework helpers” volunteer for the Skills for Success (S4S) program which is an after-school program held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:10 pm – 4:30 pm. Volunteers commit to a minimum of 1 day per week for 8 weeks. They assist with homework comprehension and completion, as well as reviewing spelling, math, etc. Volunteers work in a classroom with a teacher present.
Kindergarten teacher assistants
Kindergarten teacher assistants work directly with one teacher for an entire year. Volunteers help students with phonics, math, reading, and assessment tests as needed.
Teacher assistants work directly with students per teacher direction. Teacher assistant volunteers may work with the same or different teachers during the year.
Teachers would appreciate paper/prep-work assistants. These volunteer assistants do not work with children.
BUILD FOOD PACKS
Weekly Nutritional Food Program Packers
Each week three to four volunteers build weekend food packs for 96 food insecure students. This standing activity takes 1.5 – 2.5 hours and typically occurs on Thursdays at Homer Davis Elementary School. No minimum regular commitment required.
Two-day food packs are provided to food insecure students for short-term school breaks. Organizations or individuals are needed for Fall Break and Rodeo Break annually. Food for these breaks will be packed and delivered by the organization or individuals to Homer Davis on the Wednesday morning before the break. The dates and times for delivery are: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 and Wednesday, February 20 between 9:00 am – 10:00 am.
DONATE SNACK AND PACKAGED FOOD
We provide daily snacks for 150 children in kindergarten and first grade classes, as well as for the snack closet in the school Social Worker’s office. Currently, the school Social Worker pays out-of-pocket to have snacks on hand for distressed students, many of whom have severe emotional disabilities and/or lack adequate food, clothing, or emotional resources at home.
Note that due to health regulations, the snacks must be prepackaged.
Requested snacks include:
Austin Zoo Animals (2 oz., 36 pks.)
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Snack Packs (1.5oz, 30 pk)
Cheeze-It White Cheddar Crackers (1.5 oz pouches, 45 ct)
Nabisco Ritz Bits Cheese Cracker Sandwiches (1.5 oz packs, 30 count)
Nabisco Handi-Snacks Ritz Crackers’N Cheesy Dip (.95 oz, 30 pks)
Snyder’s Mini Pretzels (1.5 oz, 60 ct)
Requested food for school break food packs:
Belvita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits
Cheerios, double-pack Costco or Sam’s
Nature Valley Biscuit Sandwich Almond Butter & Peanut Butter Variety Pack
10 oz jars of peanut butter
Individual applesauce or fruit cups
Individual containers of milk (low fat chocolate is acceptable)
Chicken salad kits
DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES
We organized a school supply drive in July-August. However, school supplies are needed year round. The following is a list of the most needed supplies for the classrooms:
Crayola crayons 24/box
College ruled lined paper
Expo markers chiseled tip all colors
Expo markers black - regular to fine tip
Donate Toiletry Items
TOILETRY CLOSET (new 2018-2019)
Families must prioritize which items they spend their money on and often hygiene items are of low priority. As a result, kids come to school with body odor for lack of soap or deodorant. Teachers share that these students sit in class and do not participate because they are embarrassed.
The Toiletry Closet is a brand new project to assist students at Homer Davis. Shelving has been installed in the Nurse’s office, and here students will be able to access toothpaste, combs and brushes, deodorant, and other toiletries.
Contributions of the following items are helpful to the students:
Toiletry Items Needed for Students
Feminine hygiene products
Equate Lice shampoo
TEACHER WISH LIST
The 18-19 Jewish Federation year celebrates the 10th anniversary of Making A Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project. For this celebratory year we would like to assist the teachers at Homer Davis. The following is a list of “wish” items that teachers feel would enhance classroom learning. District budgets do not cover these items.
If you wish to assist the teachers and kids at Homer Davis by donating funds for items on this wish list please send your check to JFSA, 3718 E River Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718 and mark the check Homer Davis. If you would like, give us a call and charge your donation. The teachers and the kids at Homer Davis thank you!
Kinder - Light & Sensory Table + Sand Box for light table - $ 400
Children use their senses (sight, smell, touch, and even sound) to become engaged and create a more meaningful learning experience. Sensory activities, in addition to being fun encourage children to observe and experiment with the manipulatives in a ‘scientific method’ manner. Describing what they see helps with their oral language development. The table also helps promote creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills while also creating a love of learning by incorporating phonics and mathematics.
Kinder - Light Table Sensory Play Materials Complete Set + Sensory Tray - $160
Provides a multi-sensory experience as the students develop skills needed in the application of STEM. Endless possibilities!
Kinder - Sensory Tub - $300
A sensory tub is a calming tool for students that are anxious or frustrated. It is also used to help build nerve connections that lead children to complete more complex learning tasks.
First-grade - Story Time Cushions & Mobile Supply Cart - $ 300
Cushions: will help with students sitting on carpet for read aloud, center work, and independent work.
Cart: Would be used as a STEAM supply cart for the students to use through the year. It would hold science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math materials.
Second grade - Carpet Mark-Its & Toobaloos - $ 51
My classroom doesn’t have enough space with desks for a traditional classroom rug. Having Carpe Mark-Its would allow me to give every student a space on the carpet, which is where we discuss math daily. Kids would be able to know exactly where to sit and it would make partnering students for discussions so much easier, too! Plus, they can be vacuumed and will not mess up the carpet in the classroom.
Toobaloos® are phone-like devices that magnify the voice, allowing it to be heard clearly while speaking softly. This auditory feedback helps students to focus and hear the sounds that make up words (phonemes) more clearly as they learn to read, spell, or process language aloud. Students use the Toobaloos to help improve their articulation and phonology.
Second grade – The Byron V. Garrett Social Emotional Learning Collection Grade 2 – set of 71 books - $200
This is a collection of books for students and the classroom that focuses on developing students’ social and emotional behavior.
Second grade – 6 Kindles with cases - $ 360
I would like to create a technology center for students to use weekly. I can have groups of learners working on typing, handwriting, and fluency independently. The cases help protect the tablets from drops and spills.
Third grade – 18 Chrome Books, charging cart, licenses $ 5,710.89
We need to get more technology into our student’s hands. Having a chrome book cart with 18 laptop computers in third grade would all us to combine technology and academics consistently to improve student learning.
Third grade – Ikea Marius Stools 32 – 2 classrooms - $200
These stools will take the place of some very old student chairs. They are compact and the students will be able to sit at the reading table and center tables easily without knocking chairs with other students.
These stools will be used in the classroom for the students to sit on at the guided reading table and center tables. They will also be used for students who need differentiated seating to help with focus. They are small and take up little space in the classroom as well so there is more movement space for the students since they can be sorted completely under desks and tables.
Third grade – 25 copies Merriam-Webster Elementary Dictionary 2019 - $ 350
Dictionary familiarity, use and application in writing is an integral; part of the third grade English language arts standards. All students will use dictionaries on a daily basis.
Grade 4 – 25 copies The Indian in the Cupboard - $115
I would love to have a class set of fun chapter books with which to challenge my students. I would love to host a “book club” for students. Students would be able to read the book independently and discuss the book with their classmates. This offers students another chance to read and enjoy a text, while connecting with their classmates while discussing what they are all reading.
Grade 4 – 30 Yoga Balls - $390
The yoga balls would replace my students’ chairs. Yoga balls can be used as alternative seating for students and have been known to help students focus better. The yoga balls would fit under their desks, where their chairs would usually be.
Grade 4 – Two Sports Ball Set - $75
These sports sets would be great for the kids at recess. Instead of sitting around talking they can get exercise while playing with the sports balls.
Grade 5 – 6 Fire HD 8, 32 GB Tablets - $ 400
The Fire HD 8, 32 GB tablet will be used for a multiple content areas. Reading apps will be downloaded for centers for all ability students to access (below, on, and above grade level). Math games and practice apps will be used during my after school weekly Math club. Students in the after schools Skills for Success program I teach weekly will e able to earn reward time upon completing their homework. Research in class for the student Science Fair Projects!!! Science Fair requires research by the students. This will help with an additional opportunity for those that do not have Internet access at home, a library near their home, or a computer to use in their house.
Grade 6 – 9 Chrome books, charging cart, licenses - $ 3, 400.73
Our students will benefit from using Chrome books daily by practicing keyboard typing, researching information, and understanding the benefit of having multiple sources for information. It is extremely important we start now at teaching them how to research and use technology as a tool.
Grade 6 – Color printer and ink - $
We share one printer among the grade levels. It would be beneficial to have a personal color printer. Color adds to papers and posters. We do not have access to color printers at school.
Library, grades K-6 Ozobot Bit Maker Starater Pack (4) MindWare Q-BA-Maze $ 325
I would like to incorporate more STEM-based lessons for all grades that visit the library.
Special Education – Paper Shredder & Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate - $ 300
Teachers Pay Teachers Gift certificate – Homer Davis has always been an inclusive setting for special education students. Most of our students are learning disabled and participate within the curriculum with accommodations. For these students, the curriculum the school provides can be used to support their learning and assess their needs. However, Homer Davis does have a handful of students whose needs are greater than that of the curriculum. It takes a significant amount of teacher time, and thus time away from students, to create new curriculum and ways to measure student’s IEP goals. In the past I have been able to use already created curriculum to teach and assess towards student IEP goals from Teachers Pay Teachers. With this gift card, we would be able to purchase the next level for some of our modified students along with new materials/curriculum to help better assess student needs.
Paper shredder – Within the Homer Davis resource rooms, we had one paper shredder. This past year it finally stopped working. I had both Henry and Mike take a look at it and it seems that there is nothing that could be done to repair it or fix it. Both Samantha and I have been carrying our data sensitive IEPs to be shredded to the front office. It seems silly to have a shredder back in the resource room with the service that the district pays for already, but with our classrooms being the furthest back it does help us follow FERPA guidelines more readily. I completely understand if we are not able to receive both items. I am so entirely grateful for all the Jewish Federation has done for Homer Davis. We love you all and appreciate all of your continued support.
Nurses’s Office – Underpants, shorts, leggings, jeans, shoes
All for the youngest children who sometimes have accidents
All Teachers – 18 Scholastic Birthday Coupon Booklet $ 612
Each booklet has 32 coupons worth $ 5.00 each towards a book purchase from Scholastic. The children will be given a coupon for their birthday and the teacher will order the book the child chooses.
A big thank you to all those who participated in our school supplies drive! After a few hard weeks of voting, we have a winner! Congratulations to Roadrunner Elementary School! You are our grand prize winner. The winners of our random drawing are Homer Davis Elementary and Leman Academy of Excellence Marana. School supplies will be delivered soon! Have a great school year everyone!
Shout out to all the sponsors who made this school supply drive possible!
NUTRITIONAL SNACK PROGRAM PUBLIC SCHOOL TAX CREDIT
In 2010 a Nutritional Snack Program Tax Credit was established for the food program at Homer Davis Elementary School. Donations to the Nutritional Snack Program Tax Credit are used to pay for food purchased from the Community Food Bank and put in the 96 weekly food packs.
Arizona Revised Statutes §43-1089.01 allows taxpayers a credit for contributions made to a public school for support of extracurricular activities. This is a dollar for dollar credit that is equal to the amount contributed. Rather than a deduction it is a TAX CREDIT. The tax credit is limited to $200 for single taxpayers or heads of household. For married taxpayers who file a joint return, the tax credited is limited to $400. You do not need to have a student enrolled in school to contribute!
Click HERE and donate to the Nutritional Snack Program Tax Credit. https://az-flowingwells-taxcredits.intouchreceipting.com.
Remember to choose Homer Davis Elementary and the Nutritional Snack Program Tax Credit. If you prefer complete this form and mail it with your check to: Stacy Trueblood, Flowing Wells School District 1556 W. Prince Road Tucson, AZ 85705
DONATE TO THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SO AZ
The Jewish Federation accepts donations of check, cash, stock, charge cards, etc. to support the Making A Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Program.
SPONSOR SCHOOL SPIRIT T-SHIRTS
SCHOOL SPIRIT T-SHIRTS
Every year we provide school spirit t-shirts for all children, faculty, and volunteers at Homer Davis. Students wear these on field trips and other outings away from the school. Many of our student are so impoverished that this t-shirt becomes a regular staple in their wardrobe.
The 600+ spirit shirts are printed with the sponsors’ logo on the back of the shirt and the school mascot logo on the front.
The total cost of t-shirt production is approximately $ 2,500. We invite organizations or individuals to donate to the cost of the spirit shirts. This year we are looking for a second sponsor to join an initial sponsor in the amount of $1,250.
IN THE NEWS
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mary Ellen Loebl | Homer Davis Project Coordinator
Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
3718 East River Road, Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85718
Office days: Wednesday
Phone: 520.577.9393, Ext 8443 Direct Line: 520.647.8443
Cell: 520-955-1518 Fax: 520-577-0734