Teach For America alum Nicole Lopez Szoko (Indianapolis ’13) is helping her students at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana become global citizens with inquiry-based programs.

“My students thirst for challenges, while at the same time many struggle with the literacy skills they need to achieve their goals,” Ms. Lopez Szoko says. “The students strive to meet the high cultural and academic expectation that the school sets and demonstrate a resilience that empowers other students and teachers alike.”

Because her students love to use visuals to enhance their learning, Ms. Lopez Szoko has turned to DonorsChoose.org to raise funds to purchase paper supplies, markers, and colored pencils for her classroom. With these new tools, students will be able to express themselves in creative ways, using art to master skills and knowledge on their journey to become citizens of the world.

“Students create posters and diagrams, tracking their thoughts and learning processes through color, which ignites higher levels of retention,” she says. “It is especially important for my English Language Learners and struggling readers to have the opportunity to use resources like these to aid in filling their learning gaps.”

Please consider supporting Ms. Lopez Szoko’s project today—and thank you, as always, for supporting teachers and the kids they serve.