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Lady Gaga Helps Schools in Communities Affected by Mass Shootings

Lady Gaga帮助多个受到大型枪机案影响的社区学校

Children from three communities affected by the latest mass shootings in the United States are starting a new school year. Singer Lady Gaga is trying to make their return to school a little happier and easier.

三个社区受到了美国近期大型枪机事件的影响的孩子们即将开启新的学年。歌手Lady Gaga正在尝试着使他们更幸福更容易地重返学校。

The Grammy-winning singer recently announced she would pay for several schoolroom projects in the cities of El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, California.

这位获得格莱美奖的歌手近期宣布她将资助埃尔帕索、德克萨斯州、代顿、俄亥俄州和加利福尼亚州吉尔罗伊等城市的几个学校教室项目。

In El Paso, there are new books for third-grade students, many of whom do not have any books at home. In Dayton, students with disabilities will have special chairs to help them stay calm. In Gilroy, fifth-graders are getting fun new tools for their science lessons.

在埃尔帕索有为三年级的学生准备的新书。他们中很多人在家里没有任何书。在代顿有残疾的学生将拥有特殊的椅子来帮助他们保持安静。在吉尔罗伊五年级的学生正在为它们的科学课准备的新工具。

Gaga’s aim is to bring a measure of hope to places affected by an especially violent week of mass killings. She wrote on her Facebook page, “I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope.”

Gaga的目标是给受到尤其是暴力大规模枪机事件影响的地方带来很多希望。她在她的Facebook主页写道,“我想将我的困惑、懊恼和狂怒转换成希望。”

The money for the projects came from the singer’s Born This Way Foundation, in partnership with the nonprofit group DonorsChoose.

为这个项目筹备的资金来自这位歌手的Born This Way基金会。该基金会与非盈利组织DonorsChoose合作。

Back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton a week ago left 31 dead. Three more were killed when a gunman opened fire at a celebration in Gilroy the weekend before.

一周前在埃尔帕索和代顿发生的一连串的大型枪机事件造成了31人死亡。这周末之前在吉尔罗伊的一次庆祝中发生的一次枪机事件又导致了三个人的死亡。

The dead included three school-aged young people. A 6-year-old boy, Stephen Romero, was playing at the Gilroy Garlic Festival when he was killed. A 13-year-old girl, Keyla Salazar, also was killed in Gilroy.

这些去世的人包括三名处于上学年龄的年轻人。当一名六岁男孩史蒂芬·罗梅罗被杀害时,他正在吉尔罗伊大蒜节玩耍。一名13岁女孩基拉·萨拉查也在吉尔罗伊被杀害。

And, 15-year-old Javier Amir Rodriguez died in the shooting at an El Paso Walmart store. Many of the victims had gone to Walmart to buy supplies for the upcoming school year.

而15岁的哈维尔·阿米尔·罗德里格斯在埃尔帕索的一家沃尔玛商店里被枪杀。受害者中的很多人去沃尔玛为即将来临的新学年买用品。

The DonorsChoose website says it “connects teachers in high-needs communities with donors who want to help.”

网站DonorsChoose表示它将高需求社区的教师与想提供帮助的捐赠者联系起来。

A public school teacher from New York City started the organization in 2000. He had wanted his students to read the famous American book Little House on the Prairie. But, he only had enough money to buy a single copy of the book for the classroom.

来自纽约市的一位公立学校的老师在2000年开始了这个组织。他想他在普雷里的学生能够阅读著名的美国书籍《小房子》。但是他的钱仅够为他的班级购买一本书。

Gaga promised to pay for 162 school projects, including requests made by teachers from 125 classrooms in El Paso, 14 classrooms in Dayton and 23 classrooms in Gilroy. Other donors had already partly paid for some of the projects.

Gaga答应为162个学校项目投资。这些项目包括来自埃尔帕索的125个教室的老师、来自代顿的14个教室的老师和来自吉尔罗伊23个教室的老师提出的要求。其他的捐助者部分人员已经为一些项目进行了资助。

Among those that Gaga chose to fully finance is a $462 request for books at El Paso’s Whitaker Elementary School. Rebeca Blanco-Grijalva wrote in her appeal on DonorsChoose that she teaches third grade at a poor school. She described her students as “voracious readers.” But many of them do not have any books of their own to read at home.

Gaga选择去全力资助的一些人中是埃尔帕索的惠特克小学所需的462美元的书费。丽贝卡·布兰科·格里亚尔瓦在她的发布于DonorsChoose网站上的呼吁中写道她在一个很贫困的学校教三年级。她将她的学生描述为“求知欲强的读者。”但是他们中很多人并没有属于他们自己的在家可读的书。

That will soon change.

那种情况很快就会改变。

Another project hopes to help students with special needs at a school in Dayton. The $862 project will provide a room with an “active chair,” “wobble chair” and other furniture. The teacher of the class wrote on DonorsChoose, “My students live hard lives and come to school looking for love as much as they do an education.”

另外一个项目希望帮助代顿一所学校中有特殊需求的学生。这个862美元的项目将提供拥有一把“活跃的椅子”“摇摆椅”和其他家具的房间。这间教室的老师在DonorsChoose上写道,“我的学生过着艰难的生活并且来到学校是为了寻找跟他们接受的教育一样多的爱。”

Gaga wrote on Facebook that the money for these and other projects will give teachers “the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life.”

Gaga在Facebook上写道这些和其他的项目需要的资金将给教师“提供必要的支持,激励他们的学生一起努力,让他们的梦想成为现实。”

I'm Anne Ball.

安妮·鲍尔为您报道。

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Words in This Story

confusion - n. a situation in which people are uncertain about what to do or are unable to understand something clearly

frustration - n. a feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something

fury - n. violent anger

voracious - adj. having or showing a tendency to consume a lot of something

wobble - v. to move with an unsteady side-to-side motion

furniture - n. chairs, tables, beds, etc., that are used to make a room ready for use

Lady Gaga Helps Schools in Communities Affected by Mass Shootings

Children from three communities affected by the latest mass shootings in the United States are starting a new school year. Singer Lady Gaga is trying to make their return to school a little happier and easier.

The Grammy-winning singer recently announced she would pay for several schoolroom projects in the cities of El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, California.

In El Paso, there are new books for third-grade students, many of whom do not have any books at home. In Dayton, students with disabilities will have special chairs to help them stay calm. In Gilroy, fifth-graders are getting fun new tools for their science lessons.

Gaga’s aim is to bring a measure of hope to places affected by an especially violent week of mass killings. She wrote on her Facebook page, “I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope.”

The money for the projects came from the singer’s Born This Way Foundation, in partnership with the nonprofit group DonorsChoose.

Back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton a week ago left 31 dead. Three more were killed when a gunman opened fire at a celebration in Gilroy the weekend before.

The dead included three school-aged young people. A 6-year-old boy, Stephen Romero, was playing at the Gilroy Garlic Festival when he was killed. A 13-year-old girl, Keyla Salazar, also was killed in Gilroy.

And, 15-year-old Javier Amir Rodriguez died in the shooting at an El Paso Walmart store. Many of the victims had gone to Walmart to buy supplies for the upcoming school year.

The DonorsChoose website says it “connects teachers in high-needs communities with donors who want to help.”

A public school teacher from New York City started the organization in 2000. He had wanted his students to read the famous American book Little House on the Prairie. But, he only had enough money to buy a single copy of the book for the classroom.

Gaga promised to pay for 162 school projects, including requests made by teachers from 125 classrooms in El Paso, 14 classrooms in Dayton and 23 classrooms in Gilroy. Other donors had already partly paid for some of the projects.

Among those that Gaga chose to fully finance is a $462 request for books at El Paso’s Whitaker Elementary School. Rebeca Blanco-Grijalva wrote in her appeal on DonorsChoose that she teaches third grade at a poor school. She described her students as “voracious readers.” But many of them do not have any books of their own to read at home.

That will soon change.

Another project hopes to help students with special needs at a school in Dayton. The $862 project will provide a room with an “active chair,” “wobble chair” and other furniture. The teacher of the class wrote on DonorsChoose, “My students live hard lives and come to school looking for love as much as they do an education.”

Gaga wrote on Facebook that the money for these and other projects will give teachers “the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life.”

I'm Anne Ball.

_____________________________________________________________

Words in This Story

confusion - n. a situation in which people are uncertain about what to do or are unable to understand something clearly

frustration - n. a feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something

fury - n. violent anger

voracious - adj. having or showing a tendency to consume a lot of something

wobble - v. to move with an unsteady side-to-side motion

furniture - n. chairs, tables, beds, etc., that are used to make a room ready for use


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