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Mrs. Marshall from Bridgeport CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

A School Counselor's Mission to Help Students be Successful.

My students need me to have resources such as books to teach feeling works like "A Chair for my Mother." Also resources like "Middle School Study Skills" and games like Uno Attack to increase engagement.

  • $399 goal

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My Students

The students at High Horizons are hard working and bright! They always try their best and maintain good academic standing. They, however, are all from on of the most poverty stricken cities in the state of Connecticut.

Many of our students are faced with challenges outside of school that are heartbreaking.

Some have all the support and resources they need at home but there are many that do not. As the School Counselor it is my responsibility to ensure the emotional literacy of our students. I do this via classroom lessons, individual counseling, attendance interventions and group counseling.

I work with 442 students in grades K-8 who all reside in Bridgeport, CT. We have students with special needs, students living in poverty, students affected by trauma and crisis and many students with families that are very supportive but have difficulties outside of their control. I am the only counselor for all 442 students so I have to spread myself over the whole school and really have to plan my time in order to support them all. These kids are very near and dear to me and they absolutely deserve the best I can give.

My Project

The requested materials will allow me to provide and deliver a comprehensive program to target increasing attendance, decreasing suspensions and increasing academic performance so my students can be successful. Books like "Implementing Restorative Practice in Schools" will help me to create an environment with higher levels of contentedness among peers and staff. The small books like "Swimmy" and "Will I Have a Friend" will be used along with a school wide feeling and emotional intelligence curriculum.

These books are crucial for supporting emotional literacy and school connectedness.

I will use the games in a smaller setting with at risk students in order to increase engagement and relationships with students. Games allow barriers to come down and students to feel more comfortable. This allows for me to be able to better assess their needs and create a plan to help them be more successful.

In the 2016-2017 school year we have an average of 6.1% chronic absenteeism (students who missed 10% or more of the school year). At any given time we have 1-10% of kids who meet this benchmark for various reasons. Unfortunately, these also tend to be the students affected by poverty, poor academic performance and increased discipline referrals. In 2016-2017 we had 144 discipline incidents committed by only 21% of the school. There is a coloration between the absenteeism and discipline infractions. I am in dire need of resources to help support these kids.

Mrs. Marshall
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 400 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Managing School Attendance: Successful intervention strategies for reducing truancy • Amazon Business $36.20 1 $36.20
Implementing Restorative Practice in Schools: A Practical Guide to Transforming School Communities • Amazon Business $33.67 1 $33.67
UNO Attack! Game • Amazon Business $22.88 1 $22.88
5 Second Rule • Amazon Business $19.96 1 $19.96
Restorative Practices Handbook for Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
Totally Gross: The Game of Science • Amazon Business $17.33 1 $17.33
Elmer's Special Day (Elmer Books) • Amazon Business $15.06 1 $15.06
Help Your Kids with Study Skills • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Middle School Study Skills • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
The Very Lonely Firefly board book (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
The Dot • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
A Sick Day for Amos McGee • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
There's a Nightmare in My Closet • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Swimmy • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
Will I Have a Friend? • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Sheila Rae, the Brave • Amazon Business $6.55 1 $6.55
Bicycle Poker Size Standard Index Playing Cards (2-Pack) [Colors May Vary: Red, Blue or Black] • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Little Book of Circle Processes : A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series) (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Happy Pig Day! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98
The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum • Amazon Business $5.09 1 $5.09
Corduroy • Amazon Business $4.80 1 $4.80
A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $4.38 1 $4.38

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