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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 III

We need 4 storage ottoman, floating shelves, artificial grass carpet, fluorescent light covers, and color-changing fairy lights.

  • $495 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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 install all of the materials we are using to cover the entire room. I have never done a project like this before, so I have a lot to learn about how to install the lights and light covers, and how to build the ottoman. 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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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
SONGMICS 43" L Folding Storage Ottoman Bench with Flipping Lid, Storage Chest/Footrest/Padded Seat with Iron Frame Support, Black ULSF75BK • Amazon Business $47.99 4 $191.96
Sorbus Grass Mat Interlocking Floor Tiles – Soft Artificial Grass Carpet – Multipurpose Foam Tile Flooring – Patio, Playroom, Gym, Tradeshow 48 Sq ft (12 Tiles, Borders) • Amazon Business $74.99 1 $74.99
EWEI'S HomeWares 3 Floating U Shelves, Espresso Finish • Amazon Business $15.99 3 $47.97
WOOTOP Christmas Lights, 90 LED 65.6ft RGB Globe String Lights, 7 Color Changing Fairy Light for Indoor & Outdoor, Home, Garden, Patio, Party, Holiday, Wedding Decorations • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
ShadeMAGIC Fluorescent Light Covers for Classroom or Office - Light Filter pack of (2); Eliminate Harsh Glare that causing Eyestrain and Head Strain. Office & Classroom Decorations. Light Diffusers • Amazon Business $15.50 1 $15.50

Materials cost

$352.40

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$32.24

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.29

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$419.93

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$74.11

Total project goal

$494.04

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$494.04

3 Donors

-$233.02

Donations toward project cost

-$209.97

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$23.05

match offer

-$247.01

Match offer toward project cost

-$209.96

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$37.05

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.00

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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