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Ms. Levy from Beaverton OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Calming Corner of One's Own

My students need access to sensory, regulatory, and calming tools to ensure their academic success, while building their capacity to care for themselves in our classrooms.

  • $577 goal

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My Students

Aloha-Huber Park K-8 is a big school filled with character and heart. Working as the Student Success Coach, a newly created position in Beaverton School District, gives me the privilege of serving over 950 students and their families, and working with over 90 staff members each day. One of the realities that accompanies working with a highly diverse and economically disadvantaged population is that many of my students have faced severe trauma, both past and present, in their young lives. Often, children and adolescents do not have the necessary coping skills to manage the impact of stressful or traumatic events.

At AHP, we prioritize not only our students' academic success but also their emotional and social well-being.

Along with our families, we work to grow caring, resilient learners who understand their emotions and who can advocate for themselves when they're in need of support.

My Project

Each day, many of our students struggle to manage the stress of school along with the trauma they face or have faced in their lives outside of school. Providing our most in-need students with Calming Corners will give them the tools they need to remain engaged in classwork and prepared for the daily challenges they face. Should this project be funded, our students will begin to have access to curriculum that will help teach them the necessary skills they need to keep themselves regulated, even in high-stress moments. Additionally, it will provide a space within each classroom where students can go when they are frustrated, sad, scared, or angry and would benefit from a quiet space and sensory tools, without having to leave the classroom.

Currently, when students need a quiet moment to calm down, they often find themselves alone in the hallway or the school office.

This project, if funded, will enable teachers to keep students in their classroom and meet their emotional needs. The sensory items help students stay in class while learning to stay calm, which helps keep academic skills from falling behind. This will also lead to increase student safety and create more positive, accepting classroom environments.

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Ms. Levy
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 800 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kenley Mini Sandbox for Desk - Miniature Beach & Zen Garden - Sand Toys Play Kit for Kids, Adults, Desktop, Office - Sand Box Gift Set with Natural Sand, Wooden Tray, Lid, Rakes, Rocks & Accessories • Amazon Business $24.99 2 $49.98
Infantino Sensory Press and Stay Sensory Blocks • Amazon Business $13.32 3 $39.96
Great Polly 3 Pack Digital Kitchen Timer Cooking Timers Clock with Alarm Magnetic Back and Stand, Minute Second Count Up Countdown, Large LCD Display Batteries Included • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors (Amazon Exclusive), Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans • Amazon Business $22.00 1 $22.00
Bouncy (12-Pack)-Fidget Resistance Chair Bands For Kids With Sensory Needs-Kicking Improves Concentration For Students With Autism ADHD SPD, For School Chairs Desk Classroom • Amazon Business $21.87 1 $21.87
Small Ooze Tube Red by PowerTRC • Amazon Business $5.95 3 $17.85
BESTOMZ 4 Pack Liquid Motion Timer Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidgeting, Captivating Distraction • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Mochi Squishy Toy, Togather 15 pcs Cute Mini Animal Slow Rising Cream Scented Decompression Toys for Children Adults • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
The Very Frustrated Monster (WorryWoo Monsters) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Angry Octopus Color Me Happy, Color Me Calm: A Self-help Kid's Coloring Book for Overcoming Anxiety, Anger, Worry, and Stress • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Heart and the Bottle • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Educational Insights PlayFoam Combo 8 Pack • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
National Geographic Play Sand - 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Purple) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
National Geographic Play Sand - 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Green) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
National Geographic Play Sand - 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Red) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Argyle Fox • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Homder 12 Pack Colorful Sensory Fidget Stretch Toys Helps Reduce Fidgeting Due to Stress and Anxiety for ADD, ADHD, Autism(6 Colors) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Kawaii Ninja Squishy Super Jumbo Squishies toy Scented Slow Rising Rare Fun Colorful Slow Rising Toy decorative props Large or Stress Relief(2 Pack) … • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58
Rulers of the Playground • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
My Day Is Ruined!: A Story Teaching Flexible Thinking (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Hearing Protection Ear Muffs (SUPER COMFORTABLE EAR PROTECTION) Reduce Sound by 21DB - Over The Ear - Compact Foldable Design - Perfect for Firearm Shooting, Hunting, Construction, and More! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
Chill Skills In a Jar®: Anger Management Tips for Teens • Amazon Business $8.35 1 $8.35
Neliblu Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids - Snake Puzzles, Assorted Colors, (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.32 1 $6.32
Choices In a Jar® • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Feelings In a Jar® • Amazon Business $3.65 1 $3.65

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