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Mrs. Rossell from Omaha NE is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Comfy Place to Read and Dream

My students need flexible seating in the classroom. By providing flexible seating such as bean bags, pillows, and saucer chairs, students will feel at ease and safe when exploring fictional worlds through reading.

  • $1,494 goal

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My Students

My students are on grade level or struggling readers. Most of my students are Latinos with Spanish speaking parents. They are energetic and eager to learn, as well as excited to teach each other. They take pride in the work they accomplish and always want to do better.

They are interested in learning about others who are different from them.

Even when something is difficult, they do their best to push through what is challenging to them. They want to understand what is unknown to them.

My Project

My students need a safe haven to read, a place to feel free to enter the world of their book. Sitting at a desk is not comfortable for all students. By having more comfortable seating in the classroom, students will be more engaged with their chosen book. By having pillows, chairs, and bean bags available for students to use, students will be more comfortable and be able to see reading time as a sacred time. This will then increase their reading skills!

Research shows that comfort leads to successful reading engagement.

According to Daniels (2011), “On a typical day, we found students reading on bean-bag chairs inside classrooms or outside the rooms perched on stairs and retaining walls. The students responded to the culture shift by focusing on their reading for extended periods of time. One student exclaimed, 'I'm finally comfortable! I never could concentrate on reading when I had to sit up at a desk.'" As shown in this student’s remark, not all students can read at a desk.

Giving students a choice of where to sit increases reading engagement. This is also seen in a study done by Kelley & Clausen-Grace (2006). They stated, “A guided-reading group had organized the library to make it more appealing. The physical environment was not a concern either. We had couches, a chair, pillows, and even lawn chairs available for students to use while they read for a specified amount of time. Students reported feeling safe and relaxed while they read.” They had altered the school’s culture to allow students to feel more comfortable and safe while they read. It became a leisure activity and not a mandated one.

Overall, based on research and personal experience, students are more engaged with their reading when they have feel safe.

Mrs. Rossell
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kore Patented WOBBLE Chair, Made in the USA, Active Sitting for Toddler, Pre-School, Kids, and Pre-Teens; Kids don't have to sit still anymore - "The BEST seat in any Classroom"! - Black • Amazon Business $72.63 4 $290.52
Bean Bag Chair 5' With 29 Cubic Feet of Premium Foam inside a Protective Liner Plus Removable Machine Wash Microfiber Cover by Cozy Sack • Amazon Business $139.66 1 $139.66
Bean Bag Chair 5' With 29 Cubic Feet of Premium Foam inside a Protective Liner Plus Removable Machine Wash Microfiber Cover by Cozy Sack • Amazon Business $137.67 1 $137.67
nuLOOM Contemporary Geometric Triangle Mosaic Area Rugs, 5' x 8', Multicolor • Amazon Business $116.52 1 $116.52
Urban Shop Oversized Saucer Chair, Brown • Amazon Business $49.00 2 $98.00
Urban Shop Faux Fur Saucer Chair with Metal Frame, One Size, Black • Amazon Business $35.00 2 $70.00
Baibu Super Soft Round Cushion Candy Colorful Back Cushion 20x20x4 Inches Pink • Amazon Business $32.99 2 $65.98
Baibu Super Soft Round Cushion Candy Colorful Back Cushion 20x20x4 Inches Blue • Amazon Business $32.99 2 $65.98
Baibu Super Soft Round Cushion Candy Colorful Back Cushion 20x20x4 Inches Yellow • Amazon Business $32.99 2 $65.98
Baibu Super Soft Round Cushion Candy Colorful Back Cushion 20x20x4 Inches Green • Amazon Business $32.99 2 $65.98
Jeteven Cotton Canvas Dome Bed Canopy Kids Play Tent Mosquito Net for Baby Kids Indoor Outdoor Playing Reading Height 240cm/94.5in Grey • Amazon Business $36.99 1 $36.99

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