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Ms. Dayton from New York NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Learn About The World's Cultures Through Art! (Asia)

My students need assorted origami resources and related books, along with a World map, a teaching cart to hold our supplies, and a boombox.

  • $1,018 goal

This project expired on November 1, 2010.

This project expired on November 1, 2010.

My Students

Imagine never being able to explore other cultures because you simply do not have the ability to. My students are in this situation. They live in lower Manhattan and many come from families with limited resources. I want to open their eyes to the world's cultures to enhance them as leaders.

My students are a great bunch of kids who attend a public NYC middle school.

There are about 150 of them and they range in grades 6 to 8 and represent a multitude of nationalities. They are eager to learn and explore the world but have never been given the opportunity. This class is going to help them expand their view of the world while promoting positive attitudes. It is difficult to ask them what they want to do when they grow up because they simply do not have the knowledge of the world. I hope to be able to give them a well rounded multicultural view giving them the ability to ultimately make an impact on this world.

My Project

The resources requested include books and art supplies that are to aid us in our exploration of ASIA. We are going to look at several countries using the books requested. Additionally, they are going to create things that reflect the Asian culture. Our first assignment is going to be to read the book A Thousand Paper Cranes, and try to make just that to display in our school. I am a first year teacher with limited resources and my school does not have the ability to help very much. I do not have a classroom and will be traveling from room to room and need a cart to store all of our items. This will be useful for years to come. I hope to enhance our lessons with music from the cultures we are exploring and need a music playing system. I also want the children to understand what we are studying and need a map to put the locations in perspective. The students are very eager to learn, but with the limited resources it will be difficult, these items are necessary to deliver the best education to them, they deserve it!!

This project is near to my heart as I believe there is a serious lack of multicultural knowledge among today's youth.

This class will help them, but in the long run it will help all the other people that they come in contact with. I know I am asking for a lot, however, this is the first time this course is being offered and we have nothing to use. Your donations would be greatly appreciated and help children for years to come. In order to change tomorrow, we need to educate today!

Ms. Dayton
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Easy Origami Didier Boursin • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Origami Paper Squares 50 Sheets, 5" x 5" • Nasco $2.68 17 $45.56
Yasutomo Origami Paper Colored Paper Assortment • Nasco $4.15 7 $29.05
Roylco Economy Origami Paper Pkg. of 72, 6" x 6" • Nasco $4.88 10 $48.80
Pacon Paper Squares 200 Sheets, 9" x 9" • Nasco $5.65 2 $11.30
Fishing Line, 25-yd. spool • Nasco $1.50 8 $12.00
Classic Origami P. D. Tuyen • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Easy Origami Dokhohtei Nakano, Dokuihtei Nakano, Eric Kenneway (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Origami Activities for Children Chiyo Araki • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
The Five Chinese Brothers Claire Huchet Bishop, Kurt Wiese (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Grandfather Tang's Story Ann Tompert, Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Yeh Shen A Cinderella Story from China: A Cinderella Story from China Ai-Ling Louie, Ed Young (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
A Kid's Guide to Asian American History: More than 70 Activities Valerie Petrillo • Barnes and Noble $12.14 1 $12.14
Chinese Art and Culture Clare Hibbert • Barnes and Noble $8.46 1 $8.46
Japan: The Culture Bobbie Kalman • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Vol. 1 Eleanor Coerr, Ronald Himler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Asia Gary Drevitch • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Asia: Art Activities for All Ages Yvonne Y. Merrill • Barnes and Noble $16.24 1 $16.24
Afghanistan Susan Whitfield • Barnes and Noble $23.85 1 $23.85
India Sunita Apte • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Iraq Mel Friedman • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
National Geographic Countries of the World: Iran Leon Gray, Edmund Herzig, Dorreh Mirheydar • Barnes and Noble $23.85 1 $23.85
If Not for the Cat Jack Prelutsky, Ted Rand (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
The Haiku Handbook -25th Anniversary Edition: How to Write, Teach, and Appreciate Haiku William J. Higginson, With Penny Harter, Foreword by Jane Reichhold • Barnes and Noble $14.62 1 $14.62
Haiku: Poetry Ancient and Modern Jackie Hardy (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $12.94 1 $12.94
REMARKABLE LAMINATED WORLD MAP----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $12.57 1 $12.57
FF407 - Storage Tray Mobile Organizer • Lakeshore Learning $89.00 1 $89.00
JJ185 - All-Purpose Teaching Cart • Lakeshore Learning $199.00 1 $199.00
SOUNDSPA HMDX • School Specialty Inc. $94.99 1 $94.99
The Culture of China • Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. $45.05 1 $45.05

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