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Mrs. Steffes from Grand Rapids MI is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Fulfilling Classroom

Help me give my students everyday classroom supplies, options for flexible seating and games for earned reward celebrations.

  • $1,225 goal

This project expired on September 1, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach sixth and seventh grade at a fabulous, inner city school in Michigan with a diverse, multicultural background. We are unique in that we are the first school in our area with a private and public partnership with community businesses. This relationship provides additional opportunities to expose students to what our community has to offer them after they graduate.

Middle school covers so much more than content; its a critical time in a child's development.

My middle school team and I loop with our kiddos for both sixth and seventh grade, meaning we have two years with our students to build and foster positive, meaningful relationships. During those two years, we work tirelessly to encourage growth not just in their academic goals, but on a fundamental level. They are transitioning from elementary school to high school, which comes with it's own set of social and emotional challenges. The increased amount of responsibility, classwork, and expectations must be guided with structure and compassion.

The mix of innocence and maturity is unique to middle school and makes everyday both challenging and meaningful. Help me help them reach their potential both socially and academically.

My Project

My students are fantastic and like most, thrive on a variety of learning experiences. These experiences range from seating options, movement in lessons, collaborative discussions and incentives.

Kinesthetic learners are engaged learners.

Supplies like individual white boards, clip boards, lap desks, ball chairs, chart paper, floor cushions, etc. allow for increased movement and creative lesson planning. No longer are they tied to their desk with paper and pencil!

Creative, active lessons include projects and presentations, something my kids love! It's so impressive to see what they can create when provided with a little guidance and a whole lot of options. Poster board, glue, colored paper, art supplies and technology tools are some of the basics that allow for research and hands-on creations.

With all of the hard work students put into their learning, I love to reward them with earned time for community building. So many of my kiddos love to play games and build their friendships and I love that it helps improve their social skills with their peers.

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

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair - Classic Children's Stability Ball Chair, Alternative School Classroom Flexible Desk Seating for Active Students with Satisfaction Guarantee, Grey/Orange • Amazon Business $53.44 4 $213.76
Panasonic Headphones RP-HT161-K Full-Sized Over-the-Ear Lightweight Long-Corded (Black) • Amazon Business $15.29 10 $152.90
LapGear Student Lap Desk - Purple (Fits up to 15.6" Laptop) - Style #45013 • Amazon Business $14.40 8 $115.20
GoodGram 4 Pack Non Slip Honeycomb Premium Comfort Memory Foam Chair Pads/Cushions - Assorted Colors (Purple) • Amazon Business $43.99 2 $87.98
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 gsm, “Brights” 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets (99608) • Amazon Business $16.80 5 $84.00
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 2 Pads, Large White Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Super Sticking Power (559) • Amazon Business $41.58 2 $83.16
Charles Leonard Dry Erase Board Class Pack - Includes 30 Each 9 x 12 Inch Lapboards, Foam/Felt Erasers and Markers (35090) • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Elmer's Liquid School Glue, Clear, Washable, 5 Ounces, 24 Count - Great for Making Slime • Amazon Business $35.37 1 $35.37
Royal Brites Poster Board White, 22 x 28 Inches, 50-Sheet Case (24301) • Amazon Business $27.61 1 $27.61
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 2 $24.98
Trade Quest Letter Size Clipboard Low Profile Clip Hardboard (Pack of 30) • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Scrabble Game • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Mattel Apples to Apples Party in a Box Game • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
AmazonBasics Purple Washable School Glue, Dries Clear, 0.24-oz. Sticks,60-Pack • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Connect 4 Strategy Board Game for Ages 6 and Up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Mattel UNO Original Playing Card Game • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Hasbro Guess Who? Classic Game • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
Mancala - Real Wood Folding Set • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Sorry! Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
Yahtzee • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Trouble Game • Amazon Business $6.51 1 $6.51

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