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Ms. Fromme from Manchester CT is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Alternative Education Looking for Stress Relief and De-escalation Supplies

Help me give my students a comfy chair, fidget toys, and a white noise machine to help them relax, as well as heart rate monitors and candy to aid in de-escalation.

  • $303 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students come from diverse and rich backgrounds. Students who attend this alternative school need individual attention in order to be successful. They need to be taught in different ways to help them reach their full potential. Most are hard workers who just haven't had the emotional support they needed to give them that push to better themselves.

As a School Counselor, and especially in an alternative education setting, I have noticed many of my students have had trauma in their lives.

They have had to overcome obstacles and barriers early and often just to be where they are today. Many students need to be taught coping mechanisms to help them get through complicated situations.

My students also have low frustration tolerance. They need to be taught how to de-escalate and return back to class but unfortunately, nobody has taught them how. They need a multitude of skills and strategies to take with them after they graduate.

My Project

My office is a safe place for students to come when they are upset, angry, annoyed, or simply need a person to talk to. Building relationships with students is my number one priority and I want them ALL to feel welcomed.

Students with traumatic backgrounds have a harder time focusing, regulating emotions, and struggle more academically.

Trauma impacts a child's brain and cognitive processes, making critical thinking and problem solving more difficult and emotional outbursts more likely. My office is a bright, colorful, welcoming place where students can come to escape the rigor and structure of the classroom when they are feeling overwhelmed.

The supplies listed below will help me offer students something to get them through their days, and make their lives a little bit easier. These supplies will help calm students down so they can get back to the classroom quicker. The supplies are meant to assist myself and the students as I help teach them how to better control their feelings and emotions.

The primary goal of providing stress relief options for students is to minimize time lost from direct instruction due to emotional distress. Stress relief tools will help students to de-escalate and be better prepared to resolve conflicts, problem solve solutions to challenging circumstances and maximize learning time in the classroom. Students will improve their focus and develop coping skills that ultimately they will learn to use independently as they practice techniques of self-regulation.

By building connections with students in distress, I will be in a better position to make continuing recommendations to support the process of change for each individual student.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Zacurate 500BL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Batteries and Lanyard Included (Navy Blue) • Amazon Business $13.37 6 $80.22
Sofa Sack - Plush, Ultra Soft Bean Bag Chair - Memory Foam Bean Bag Chair with Microsuede Cover - Stuffed Foam Filled Furniture and Accessories for Dorm Room - Black 3' • Amazon Business $65.00 1 $65.00
Vanzon White Noise Machine - Sound Machine with Baby For Sleeping & Relaxation, 36 Soothing High Fidelity Nature Sounds, Portable Sleep Sound Therapy for Home, Office or Travel - for Kids and Adults • Amazon Business $29.89 1 $29.89
Warheads Extreme Sour Hard Candy (Pack of 240) • Amazon Business $18.62 1 $18.62
Stress-Relief Sensory Stress Balls by Nyft Toys | Squishy Stress Toys | Squeezing Rubber Ball for Autism, ADHD, ADD, Sensory Needs, Bad Habits | The Calming Fidget Toy for Kids and Adults | 3 Pack • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Impresa Products 5-Pack of Stretchy String Fidget / Sensory Toys (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) - Stretches from 10 Inches to 8 Feet! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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