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Edwards Elementary not letting lack of supplies stop them

Posted: 10:27 AM, Jul 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-01 13:43:44-04

Edwards Elementary, located near Lamb Boulevard and Bonanza Road, is home to the Eagles but they face two big challenges. 90 percent of its students are English language learners and 100 percent are eligible to receive free lunch.

"These students need more than just the basic curriculum," said Principal Emily Petosa.

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They need passionate teachers. When Petosa figured that out, she went on a hiring spree across the country. 

Susan Fortin moved to Edwards from a school in New Jersey after 25 years on the job. 

"I love it here, I really do. The staff, the administration, the kids," she said. "It's just a great place to be."

With the tough demographics at Edwards, teachers do things a little different here. They focus more on character building. Each day, kids hear four simple words -- friendship, integrity, courage and perseverance. 

But in order to expand their program, teachers and staff need your help. They're trying to collect uniform shirts and school supplies.

Both Patosa and Fortin say they've tried to reach out to groups across town for donations, but so far no luck. They're hoping your donation will fill the void they've been looking for. 

For students here, a simple pencil and maybe a notebook can make the world of a difference come the first day of school on Aug. 13.