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Ms. Niwa-Rrustemi from Stamford CT is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Acquiring Spoken Communication Skills SAFELY and Effectively

Help me give my students clear face masks and sanitizing supplies, so they can safely practice spoken English to be productive members of our community.

  • $348 goal

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My Students

All of my students are English Language Learners (ELLs) and have recently left their home countries and moved to the United States. Despite obvious obstacles of acquiring a new language, cultures and places in their new community, many of my students are also facing the overwhelming challenges beyond their immediate control and navigating themselves to make it in a new land of opportunity. Some of their challenges include reuniting with parents after life-long separations, living with practically a stranger-relative who may demand the rent money, sorting through the traumatic experiences during their journey to the U.S., and/or sending money oversea to support their families. Yet, they remain resilient. They continue to be motivated and dedicated through this pandemic.

My Project

Many of my students are brand new in learning English. For these students who has no idea what's been told to navigate themselves in the world of masked faces is daunting and an added challenge. In general even for established English speakers effective spoken communication involves a rich multimodal context: facial expression, hand gestures, and tone of voice.

To support my students acquire English effectively, I'd like them to see speakers' facial expressions as much as possible with the use of clear masks.

The use of clear masks also help me to see how they are forming their mouths to produce each sound. Having a disinfectant spray available, students should feel safe (hopefully comfortable too) to practice speaking the new language. The effective language acquisition requires PRACTICE!

Ms. Niwa-Rrustemi
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
3-Ply Cloth Face Masks w/ Clear Window, Adult, Black, 10/Pack (DHMK002) • $29.69 7 $207.83
Performacide Hospital & Home Disinfectant - 96 Oz Kit - Effective Against Coronavirus, Influenza-A, Rhinovirus, Norovirus, MRSA - Just Add Water - No Rinse, No Wipe, EPA Registered • Amazon Business $24.90 1 $24.90
Parker W60697SL Protex Disinfectant Spray Trigger Bottle, 32-Ounce • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
CleanSmart Nursery & High Chair Cleaner, Kills 99.9% of Germs, Leaves No Chemical Residue, Breaks Down to Simple Saline. 23oz, 2Pk. Kills Flu, Strep, RSV, E.Coli, More • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99

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