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Ms. Lelliott from Irvine CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

A Playful Library Brings People Together

Help me give my students a playful space in the library. A puzzle table will give more students access to putting together our puzzles and a LEGO wall will be a great place for creative expression!

  • $434 goal

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My Students

As a librarian, I have the unique opportunity to get to know all of our students, and I feel so fortunate for that opportunity. They are hardworking, kind, and oh-so-silly in the way that only middle schoolers can be.

The library is a place for all students.

Besides research and literacy, our library provides a place for students to gather together and build a community. We love a crowded, noisy library and watching our students make friends and have fun!

My Project

Even middle schoolers, who can seem too cool for school, love to play. Our library is trying to encourage our students to play more, helping them relieve stress, interact with others, and put the screens down for a little bit.

Our library has never just been about reading (although that's important)!

We do all kinds of activities, from movie lunches to STEAM programming to maker activities! One of our favorite stations is our puzzle station. We just set out a puzzle and let the kids put it together. Puzzling is a great opportunity for students to collaborate, work together, and just chit chat as they try to find the perfect piece. The only problem? The pieces are constantly falling on the floor, and often get lost. This puzzle table on a lazy Susan will let more students access the puzzle from any angle, and will keep our puzzle piece from getting lost.

We also have a Makerspace (thanks Donor's Choose!) where students can put together simple, creative projects, and explore their interests. A LEGO wall is another place where students can casually interact and talk while getting creative.

I have met so many students and gotten to know them from these kinds of simple activities. Even the shyest students will open up as they work, because they don't have to make eye contact or look for a conversational opening. Other than book recommendations, our puzzle table and hopefully LEGO wall, are the best ways for me to meet our students, and many times, for them to meet each other. Playing brings people together!

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 999 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bits and Pieces - Square Jigsaw Puzzle Spinner - Puzzle Accessories- Lazy Susan Puzzle Table Surface Fits 1500 pc Puzzles - Spin Puzzle to Reach Sections You Need • Amazon Business $119.99 1 $119.99
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 Build Your Own Creative Toys, Kids Building Kit (790 Pieces) • Amazon Business $47.99 2 $95.98
Lekebaby Classic Baseplates Building Base for Building Bricks 100% Compatible with Major Brands-Baseplate 10" x 10", Pack of 6, Green • Amazon Business $14.99 6 $89.94

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