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Mrs. Henderson from Cherokee KS is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Labor of Learning

My students need an empathy belly pregnancy simulator kit.

  • $882 goal

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My students live in a rural setting that offers limited opportunities for cultural exploration due to geographic location and a high poverty level of families living in the area. Many students do not have financial resources but are very appreciative of the resources that our school is able to provide. We are in our third year of a one to one initiative that allows each student to have access to a laptop at a minimal cost. I have a high percentage of students in my classroom who have individual education plans that do best with hands on learning. I am a Family and Consumer Science teacher at the high school. I teach a mandatory freshman class that introduces students to life skills and career exploration. Students then have access to taking additional electives in my program. My classes focus on human development and career preparation. I began the school year with 5 expectant mothers in my classes and 2 teenage mothers. This represents 7% of my school's female population. I have noticed that the age of these students continue to get younger and the realization of what they are facing is overwhelming. Many students in our school do not understand the physical demands pregnancy puts on the body at such a young age. While our students are supportive of these students, I believe that educating all of the students about the effects pregnancy has on the body will build understanding for these young girls. Even greater is my hope that by utilizing an empathy belly in my classroom, I can provide additional education to help students realize the risks involved in being sexually active and the consequences of pregnancy. An empathy belly will allow both male and female students the opportunity to feel the effects of pregnancy on the body without becoming pregnant. It is also my hope that if students understand the labor associated with pregnancy; they might delay the choice to become a parent at a young age. Due to budget cuts the cost of an empathy belly for my classroom will not be possible this year. I know that with your help I can provide my students with a simulated pregnancy experience that will stress the many health issues associated with teen pregnancy and give both male and female students the opportunity to learn about the physical demands of pregnancy without the labor it ultimately requires. I would like to thank you for your consideration of my request and look forward to working with you in the future.

Mrs. Henderson
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Large Empathy Belly® Pregnancy Simulator Kit • Sax Family & Consumer Science, Inc. $599.00 1 $599.00

Materials cost

$599.00

Vendor shipping charges

$59.90

State sales tax

$31.75

3rd party payment processing fee

$14.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$723.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$158.71

Total project goal

$881.71

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$881.71

1 Donor

-$850.59

Donations toward project cost

-$723.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$127.59

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$31.12

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$0.00

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