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Emily Jarvis

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Emily Jarvis

Everyone needs lessons in organization, especially elementary school kids. But kids with learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to name a few) have unique challenges with staying organized. This causes them to be unprepared for class, leading to poor grades, which ultimately negatively impacts their self-esteem. I chose to approach this problem by way of a backpack. Kids carry backpacks to school with them every day. If this daily routine could help them practice being organized, they would soon be equipped with skills they need for the rest of their lives. Speaking with teachers and parents of kids with learning disabilities, I’ve learned that getting the kids through school and homework time every day is a team effort. I see this backpack operating in the same way.

ready is a backpack with a system of organization that will not only help kids get to and from school with everything they need, but it will begin to help students and their parents alleviate some of the challenges exacerbated by their learning difficulties. The main concept is that everything has a place. Each object that goes into the bag is the same color of the pocket in which it is meant to be kept. At a glance, a child or parent can know what is missing or where to keep objects while getting ready for school. Having everything in order will also help students stay focused in class and at home, and assist in keeping up with assignments. Along with offering the organizational system, this backpack comes with all the basic school supplies an elementary school student will need.