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Mr. Swaaley
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Adding Color To Our Poetry

My students need a color laser printer and ink to produce their "chat books" and reports and some binding tools to bind them.

My Students

Do you remember what it was like the first time you made something that looked professional? My students have never had access to the kind of equipment needed to make something look that nice.

My students are a part of an innovative charter school system in California that employs project based learning strategies.

Acceptance to our school is a lottery system by zip-code, therefore our school population almost perfectly reflects the county's demographic. As a result, we have a significant population of students whose families are well under the poverty level. With that said though, my students are some of the most vibrant kids I have ever met. Even as high school freshman, they are part of an extremely tight knit community and support each other in everything they do.

My Project

My students are used to having to scavenge for supplies throughout the school. When they need colored paper, they have to go classroom by classroom trying to find a teacher who can spare some. When students want to print in color for a project - many can't. Some students are able to print at home but others are left with inferior looking projects. As such, I have requested a color laser printer to print our 'chat books' as well as a full set of toner to ensure that we can afford to maintain this piece of technology long term. This color printer will greatly increase the quality of projects my students can achieve and would also promote equity within my classroom by leveling the playing field for every student. I have also requested three standard staplers and a long-reach stapler to assist in binding student 'chap books'.

My students are creating their own 'chat books' and this device will allow them to make these do-it-yourself books look like the real thing!

Students will leave their freshman year with self-made books full of their own poetry and short stories.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dell 2150cdn Color Laser Printer • Best Buy $455.99 1 $455.99
Dell - toner cartridge - black • Best Buy $59.99 1 $59.99
Dell - toner cartridge - cyan • Best Buy $79.99 1 $79.99
Dell - toner cartridge - magenta • Best Buy $79.99 1 $79.99
Dell - toner cartridge - yellow • Best Buy $79.99 1 $79.99
Swingline EZTouch Desktop Staplers Full Strip, Black • Quill $16.64 3 $49.92
Stanley Bostitch Long-Reach Stapler • Quill $30.14 1 $30.14

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This project will reach 59 students.

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