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Ms. Kritzell from Baltimore MD is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

A Strong Start to the School Year!

Help me give my students a strong start to the school year by supplying them with basic study materials, such as notebooks and pens, and cleaning supplies to help keep our learning space clean.

  • $471 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are incredibly bright, resilient, passionate, and inquisitive! They are also some of the most hilariously clever human beings I know who take ownership of their learning and success.

My students walk into my room everyday prepared to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

Mergenthaler High School is a vocational trade school, so students choose a track to focus on in their high school career, such as nursing and law. They come into my room expecting the English education that they deserve, in order to prepare them for success in their respective careers once they leave high school.

My students have a rich body of knowledge, wisdom, and experience that they want to (and need to) share. They are the future, and it is our responsibility to make sure their knowledge and capacity to think critically is ever-expanding. They are constantly asking questions, forming, and reforming their opinions about important issues that affect us all, and my goal is to create an environment that nurtures this curious, critical questioning.

My Project

As a teacher, one of the biggest challenges I face is making sure that all of my students have what they need to fully participate in class daily. Most of my students come from a disadvantaged background, and this funding will allow me to provide the required supplies to students that otherwise would not have them. Students who come to class prepared are more likely to engage and learn because they are focused on what matters: their learning!

To get the year started off right, I will use the funds that I raise to purchase the basic supplies that my students need to be successful.

I will also purchase cleaning materials to ensure that I can welcome my students into a clean and safe learning space.

In addition to the basics, I have requested funding for miniature white boards. My Sophomores will be taking their English standardized tests in May, and it truly is never too early to prepare. The skills required on standardized tests (such as time management, following directions, and growth mindset) can be applied for success in any subject, career path, or problem-solving scenario. As a way of preparing for testing in May and practicing test-taking skills, I plan to engage students in strategic collaborative groups that will work through test questions together on the white boards. This will relieve stress around testing and create a culture of joy and healthy competition. The more confident students are in their ability to be successful on any task, the more likely they are to succeed.

Finally, I have requested funding for a small bookshelf, which will create for the beginnings of a small library. This will be used for independent reading when students complete classwork and assignments early.

Ms. Kritzell
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
DE190 - Reusable Write & Wipe Pocket - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $22.99 2 $45.98
Mead Spiral Notebook, 12 Pack of 1-Subject College Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks, Cute school Notebooks Pantone Colors, 70 Pages • Amazon Business $19.93 2 $39.86
Furinno 11209EX Pasir 4 Tier Open Shelf, Espresso • Amazon Business $38.99 1 $38.99
Kleenex Professional Facial Tissue for Business (21400), Flat Tissue Boxes, 36 Boxes / Case, 100 Tissues / Box • Amazon Business $38.98 1 $38.98
PURELL Naturals Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel, with Skin Conditioners and Essential Oils, 12 fl oz Counter Top Pump Bottle (Case of 12) - 9629-12 • Amazon Business $36.87 1 $36.87
Dry Erase Board 12/pk 9.5 X 12 • Teachers' School Supply $36.55 1 $36.55
Prandom File Boxes [2-Pack] Collapsible Decorative Linen Filing Storage Organizer Hanging File Folders with Lids Office Cabnet | Letter Size | Important Document | Gray • Amazon Business $33.99 1 $33.99
Blue Summit Supplies 50 Two Pocket Folders with Prongs, Designed for Office and Classroom Use, Assorted 5 Colors, 50 Pack Colored 2 Pocket 3 Prong Folders • Amazon Business $27.49 1 $27.49
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 320ct (4X80ct),Packaging May Vary • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Bic Great Erase Fine Point Dry Erase Markers - 4 Pack • Teachers' School Supply $5.69 2 $11.38
Inc, Clip Clicks, Ballpoint Pens, Black, 50 Count • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
BIC Xtra-Life Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7 mm), 40-Count • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
DW2990 - Jumbo Craft Sticks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.19 1 $2.19

Materials cost

$339.42

Vendor shipping charges

$5.27

State sales tax

$20.37

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.09

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$400.15

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$70.61

Total project goal

$470.76

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$470.76

8 Donors

-$460.18

Donations toward project cost

-$400.15

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$60.03

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$10.58

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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