Calculating a Post-Sandy Comeback for LBHS Math Students

Schools and Libraries

November 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy hit Long Beach especially hard, damaging the homes and personal property of many families and closing district schools for a record 10 days. When classes resumed, teachers and administrators went to work seeking help to replace essential supplies so that students could return to the business of learning.

Anyone who has ever taken a higher-level math class knows that a graphing calculator is an essential classroom tool. Worried that many of his students might have lost their graphing calculators in the storm, Long Beach High School math teacher David Prince posted a series of projects on DonorsChoose.org called "Hurricane Sandy Calculator Recovery." DonorsChoose.org is an organization that allows teachers to post projects that require funding. Outside benefactors then contribute to the projects they deem worthy. Within four days, the Hurricane Sandy Recovery projects raised $1,769 from donors all over the country--enough money to purchase a classroom set of 30 TI-84 graphing calculators. To view the projects, visit http://www.donorschoose.org/project/hurricane-sandy-calculator-recovery-in-l/917493/.