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Mrs. Bonato from Denver CO is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

A Cool and Comfortable Learning Environment for My Students

Help me give my students the SereneLife 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner that will provide a cool environment for the first and last months of school, when temperatures in our classroom average 90 degrees daily.

  • $670 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Educational equity means that each child receives what he or she needs to develop to his or her full academic and social potential." -National Equity Project

My students are ambitious, resilient, and bright!

They come to school each day with a desire to learn and grow. I believe in their capacity and ability to become productive and successful citizens of our community.

Ninety percent of my students receive free or reduced price lunch. They deserve access to an environment that is comfortable and engaging so that each of them can reach his or her full potential.

My Project

Research led by Joshua Goodman, a Harvard University microeconomist studying human capital and education policy, has shown that students who learn in hotter classrooms perform worse on college admissions tests. The researchers found, however, that more than 70 percent of the test-score drop for students with hotter school years disappeared when they attended schools with air conditioning.

"Physiologically, as the temperature goes above 70 degrees, that's where people start to feel uncomfortable, the students start to learn less and, basically the hotter it gets after that, the worse that is for learning," Goodman said.

Most troubling, though hardly surprising, is the disproportionate impact of hot classrooms on students of color. The report’s authors conclude that “heat effects account for up to 13% of the U.S. racial achievement gap.” We are requesting a portable air conditioner to keep our students cool and focused.

Black and Hispanic students are more likely to attend high-poverty schools, which are more likely to lack air conditioning. In addition, more affluent parents are better positioned to reduce the academic effects of hot classrooms on their children with home air conditioning, or paying for a tutor after school.

Adding air conditioning to my classroom will begin to even the playing field by giving my students an environment that is conducive to learning.

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

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
SereneLife 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner, 3-in-1 Floor AC Unit with Built-in Dehumidifier, Fan Modes, Remote Control, Complete Window Mount Exhaust Kit for Rooms Up to 450 Sq. ft, • Amazon Business $499.99 1 $499.99

Materials cost

$499.99

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$32.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.50

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$569.49

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$100.50

Total project goal

$669.99

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$669.99

3 Donors

-$669.99

Donations toward project cost

-$569.49

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$100.50

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$0.00

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