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Ms. Thornhill from Portland ME is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Peaceful Place: Tools to Support Students Who Have Experienced Trauma

My students need tools to help to them to regulate and calm themselves. A library of books to help with mindfulness, fidget tools, yoga mats and a peace place will all support our students.

  • $389 goal

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My Students

My students are from many different walks of life. There are 22 languages spoken. Students from Djibouti, Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and many other countries walk through our doors every day ready to learn and grow. 90% of students meet the federal guidelines for free and reduced lunch. We are located in a rapidly changing neighborhood with housing growth and development exacerbating already existing financial concerns and challenges for our families.

Because many of our students have experienced traumatic events, they need a place to learn strategies to deescalate and become regulated ready to learn.

My Project

I am requesting a library of books to help with mindfulness, fidget tools, yoga mats and a peace place will all support our students. Our school is a unique community that services students from all over the world. Many of our students come to us having experienced trauma and need tools to support their social emotional learning. Students need to feel safe, regulated and secure in order to learn.

A peaceful place where students can go to calm down, learn mindfulness techniques, and take a moment to breathe so they can be ready to learn will benefit not only our students who have experienced trauma but all students.

Establishing a peaceful place gives students a way to manage their feelings. It helps them learn to recognize their feelings and empowers them to come up with strategies to help themselves and others be the best they can be.

Ms. Thornhill
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 400 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sunny Health and Fitness Yoga Mat (Blue) • Amazon Business $10.62 5 $53.10
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 $30.99 1 $30.99
Sorbus Kids Pod Swing Chair Nook - Hanging Seat Hammock Nest for Indoor and Outdoor Use – Great for Children, All Accessories Included (Pod Green) • Amazon Business $26.90 1 $26.90
Yoobe Rocket Ship Play Tent - with BOUNS Space Torch Projector Indoor/Outdoor Children Playhouse • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
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
Himalayan Salt Lamp 6-8” (4-7 lb) with Dimmer Switch - All Natural and Handcrafted with Wooden Base and an Extra Bulb • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
RELAX RENEW RELEASE Portable Fidget Toy Sensory Stimulation Bundle (8 items) + 1 Bonus Item • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Knock Knock Touch and Feel Mazes Ten Tactile Labyrinths to Solve with Your Fingertips (50149) • Amazon Business $16.48 1 $16.48
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
I Will Be Okay (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 4) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
My Day Is Ruined!: A Story Teaching Flexible Thinking (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Not Yet • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.32 1 $6.32

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