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Mrs. Fleming from La Mesa CA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

A Sensory Space That Is Out of This World

We need LED strip lights, curtains and soft interlocking floor tiles for our sensory room.

  • $861 goal

This project expired on September 13, 2018.

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About My Students

Currently, there are 9 students in my classroom diagnosed with severe intellectual and physical disabilities and we refer to our group as the Super Scotties! During their years in high school, the Super Scotties have an opportunity to be included with their general education peers who volunteer in our classroom as peer tutors. We have between 50-70 different tutors who volunteer in our classroom throughout the school year. This program is beneficial for bettering our school climate in terms of inclusion for all students, as well as giving general education students a safe space on campus to feel welcomed and appreciated. The students who volunteer in our class are active in many different academic and extracurricular activities, so they have a lot on their plates. Similarly, my students are learning how to do everything while they are at school and this can be overwhelming at times. All of my students have wonderful hearts and benefit when they feel loved and accepted by others.

This project is all about creating a sensory space for my students that can assist them in learning meditation, mindfulness, and self-control. Additionally, students will use this space to learn about our environment here on earth and the differences between environments across the solar system. This room will be transformed into a place that feels light years away.

In terms of Lucy, the general education student who has created this project as the capstone of her high school career, she will learn not only about service to others, but also about the technical components involved with installing the different pieces of this project.

In Their Own Words

I want to make this room feel like you are in outer space. The sensory room is okay right now, but it has boring beige walls and carpet and curtains. It doesn't feel like a place where kids would want to relax or learn- it isn't a place that inspires the kids who use it.

I am going to be learning how to connect and install all of the LED light strips that will go around the room. Also, I am going to be sewing the curtain panels together because the ceiling is so tall in the room. I have never done a project like this before, so I have a lot to learn about how to install these things properly. I think that when the special education students see me doing this, they will be inspired to learn how to do new things too.

Transforming the sensory room in the special education classroom is going to be my gift to the students I have been working with for the past two years. When someone is having a bad day or is stressed out, they go to the sensory room to calm down. Other kids use the sensory room to focus when they are working because it is less distracting than the classroom. I want to make the sensory room a better place for the kids who are using it everyday. I chose a space theme so that they can feel like they are in a totally different place when they walk into the room. It will help them to be more calm at school. Also, it will be a fun place for the kids to learn about outer space because they will feel like they are there.

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

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sorbus Grass Mat Interlocking Floor Tiles - Soft Artificial Grass Carpet - Multipurpose Foam Tile Flooring - Patio, Playroom, Gym, Tradeshow 16 Sq ft (4 Tiles, Borders) (6 Tiles (24 Sq ft)) • Amazon Business $43.99 3 $131.97
Ambesonne Galaxy Curtains 2 Panel Set, Celestial Stars in Night Sky Stardust with in Clouds Magical Fantasy World of Space, Living Room Bedroom Decor, 108 W X 84 L Inches, Purple Navy Blue • Amazon Business $64.95 2 $129.90
ECHOGEAR Power Strip Surge Protector with 8 Rotating-Outlets, Cable Management, Flat Plug & Fireproof Technology -2160 Joules of Surge Protection -Expand Your Outlet Capacity & Keep Your Gear Safe • Amazon Business $24.99 3 $74.97
AmazonBasics 1" Curtain Rod with Cap Finials, 72" to 144", Black • Amazon Business $28.43 2 $56.86
YIHONG LED Strip Lights Compatible with Alexa Google Home 33ft 300LEDs RGB Wifi LED Light Strip Non Waterproof LED Tape Ribbon • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
YiHong LED Light Strip RGB Strip Lights LED Tape Lights Compatible with Alexa and Google Home 150 5050 SMD LEDs Smart Wifi Strip Lights • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
HLC.ME Grey Teal 2-Pack 108" inch x 84" inch Window Curtain Sheer Panels • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
YIHONG LED Strip Lights Compatible with Alexa Google Home 16.4ft 150LEDs RGB Wifi LED Light Strip Non Waterproof LED Tape Ribbon • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
AmazonBasics Ceiling-Mount Bracket, Set of 2, Black • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Glow In The Dark Stars: 824 Realistic 3D Stars For Ceiling Or Walls In 4 Sizes Twice The Glow Powder To Glow Brighter And Longer More Realistic Looking Than Typical Glow In The Dark Stickers • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Quanhaigou Blue Purple Galaxy Wall Decals, Removable Sticker,The Art Magic 3D Milky Way Dreamscape Home Decor • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
VILLATONE - Wire Organizer. Set of 5 × 20" [100 inches] Black Flexible Neoprene Cable Organizer Management Sleeves with Zipper for TV, Computer & Electronics Cords • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
FSJEE 10mm 5050 RGB LED Strip Light Connectors Kits with 10PCS L Shape 4 Pin Right Angle Corner Solderless Connector and 10PCS Solderless Wire 4 Pin 10mm Wide Strip to Strip Jumper • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
JACKYLED RGB Cable 4 pins Extension cord Cable for 5050 LED Light Strip 10m 32.8ft LED Splitter connectors kit 4 Color • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Griver 100 Pack Strip Light Mounting Brackets,Fixing Clips,One-Side Fixing,100 Screws Included (For 10mm Wide Non-waterproof Strip Lights) • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Pasow 50pcs Cable Ties Reusable Fastening Wire Organizer Cord Rope Holder 7 Inch (Black) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49

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