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My name is Contessa Jackson, Founder & Owner of Teacher’s PETS Inc., a nonprofit organization that collaborates with the business community to provide financial, educational, and social support to children living in extreme economic and/or domestic hardship.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the philosophy supporting our work, we believe that children have the potential to experience extraordinary achievements if they are supported by the right education and a caring environment that nurtures their dreams, celebrates their talents and skills, and fosters their self-confidence and self-esteem.

 ‘Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day’ shapes the direction of our programs, our activities, our events, and our special initiatives.

This summer, we will be hosting two ‘Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)’ camps for students in grades 4-12. These camps will be held in Huntsville and Athens, Alabama. With poverty rates reaching 18.3% in Huntsville and 16.8% in Athens, families can barely take care of their basic needs, much less focus on their children’s future and their fragile feelings of self-worth.

I am currently seeking your support in raising $100,000 to cover expenses related to materials, software, laptops, staff, and personnel needed to ensure the success of our SEL camps.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) has been identified as an integral factor in human development. It allows young people and adults to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. The result?  Inspired young people and adults who make positive contributions to safe, healthy, and just communities.

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), SEL programs support five core competencies that can be applied in the classroom, at home, and in students’ communities:

  • Self-awareness;
  • Self-management;
  • Social awareness;
  • Relationship skills; and
  • Making responsible decisions.

Studies also show that students who have participated in SEL programs demonstrate an 11% increase in their overall grades and better attendance.

I read once that the beautiful aspect of learning (in every form) is that no one can take it away from you.

We cannot ignore needs that are clearly in our sight. I am known as an intrepid entrepreneur who takes action when it’s most needed. Teacher’s PETS Inc. has allowed me to take that action!

It’s important to understand that Teacher’s PETS Inc. depends on donations and volunteers to ensure that our mission is carried out effectively and has a sustainable future

The fulfillment of our $100,000 fundraising goal depends on you. Every donation brings us closer! If you have any questions about our organization, the work we do, or the SEL camps that we will be launching, please email me on the contact form in the chat forum.

You can make your tax-deductible by giving securely online with a credit card below.

We want to express our appreciation in advance for your generosity. Your personal commitment is incredibly helpful in allowing us to reach our goals and help create a safe learning environment for children facing new challenges.

Sponsorship Levels

Mary McLeod Bethune Level – $250 sponsors will receive a Teacher’s PETS Inc. Pen Gift Set:

  • Gift Set combines the pen and the LED flashlight keychain.
  • Pen comes with black ink color
  • 3-LED keychain flashlight
  • Gift box included

George Washington Carver Level – $500 sponsors will receive a Teacher’s PETS Inc. Tucson Edge Medium Ivory Notebook and personalized pen.

  • 240 pages, lined paper
  • Elastic closure and pen loop
  • Gold ribbon page marker
  • Expandable pocket at the back
  • FSC-certified Ivory paper

Anna Walker Level – $1,000 sponsors will receive a Teacher’s PETS Inc. 25 oz. Aluminum Bottle and Pen Gift Set:

  • Made from recyclable aluminum
  • 25 oz. capacity 
  • Handwash only

Willie Walker Level – $5,000 sponsors will receive a Teacher’s PETS Inc. Godiva Tumbler Set and company’s logo on website. 

  • Includes two Godiva bars and three Godiva gems
  • 16 oz. insulated stainless steel tumbler with leatherette sleeve
  • Comes in a high-end gift box with a sheer ribbon

*All patrons and sponsors will receive our monthly newsletter.*