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Ms. Halcom from Philadelphia PA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

American Identity and History Extravaganza

My students need to make professional-looking exhibits that can compete against student students from higher income schools at National History Day. ESOL students will make an identity project involving audio recordings within a hand-sewn map.

  • $524 goal

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My Students

My students are hardworking, caring, and unique. They have big hearts and big dreams. They consider their classmates, teachers and neighbors to be part of their families.

My kids have stories to tell.

They are proud to live in Philly but are also proud to represent the cultural histories of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico and Guatemala. Many of my students are themselves immigrants and are ready to contribute their ideas and make their voices heard. Thanks for helping them succeed!

My Project

These materials are for two projects. The first is the upcoming National History Day competition. Students have been researching their topics since October, and it is time for them to build their exhibit boards, create documentaries or live performances. Students from higher income schools often put a great deal of money into their projects, and I want my students to feel that their projects can stand up to the high standard at NHD. Materials that students will get from this Donors Choose project include various colors of card stock and fancy printing paper to mount information on exhibit boards. Students creating exhibit boards will also have access to colorful foil and cellophane to create interesting backgrounds -- for example, one group researching the impact of the Atomic Bomb plans to build a mushroom cloud in the background of their board. Students planning performances need whiteboards and markers as part of the props and some documentarians plan to use these in regard to subtitles and scene changes.

Many students have come to my school following the hurricane in Puerto Rico, and they are now working hand sewing a map that incorporates family artifacts and personal stories, including audio recordings.

This project is geared toward migrant students, most of whom are still learning English. As they reflect on their own experiences, they will bring in photos and personal artifacts to sew into locations on the wall-sized map of Puerto Rico and their current neighborhoods in PA. They will use yarn and embroidery thread for this purpose, either sewn or hot-glued, and have access to fabric in various colors to add texture to the map. Each student will chose one story to tell in Spanish and English. Recordings will be on mp3 players that will remain in pockets built into the map.

Ms. Halcom
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MYMAHDI - Digital, Compact and Portable MP3 / MP4 Player ( Max support 64 GB Micro SD Card ) with Photo Viewer, E-Book Reader and Voice Recorder and FM Radio Video Movie in Red • Amazon Business $11.99 10 $119.90
Hot Glue Gun kits, 10pcs Glue Sticks High Temperature Melting Glue Gun 100-Watt Industrial Glue Gun Flexible Trigger for DIY Small Craft Projects&Sealing and Quick Repairs • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
Koss KPH7 Lightweight Portable Headphone, Black • Amazon Business $2.94 10 $29.40
Sharpie 1949558 Color Burst Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count • Amazon Business $13.50 2 $27.00
June Gold 39 Assorted Colored Dry Erase Whiteboard Markers, 13 Unique Colors, Chisel Tip, Low Odor, Comfortable Grip & Vivid Lines • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Sharpie 1949557 Color Burst Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count • Amazon Business $9.00 2 $18.00
Charles Leonard Dry Erase Lapboard Class Pack, Includes 12 each of Whiteboards, 2 Inch Felt Erasers and Black Dry Erase Markers (35036) • Amazon Business $17.84 1 $17.84
96-Sheet Pack Parchment Stationery Paper - Old Fashion Aged Classic Vintage Antique Design, Double Sided Ancient Gold Cover Paper Sheets - Perfect for Printing, Copying, Crafting, Tickets, Certificate • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Aluminium Foil Color Origami Folding Paper 112 Sheets Set Metallic Color • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
TYH Supplies 20 Skeins Bonbons Yarn Assorted Colors 44yd Each 100% Acrylic for Crochet & Knitting Multi Pack Variety Colored Assortment 44 Yards Each Bonbon • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Darice Core'dinations Value Pack Cardstock, 12 by 12-Inch, 100-Pack • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
JAM Paper Parchment Paper - 8.5" x 11" - 24 lb Pewter Recycled- 100 Sheets/pack • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Outus 16 Pieces 12 Inch/ 30 cm Wooden Rulers Student Measuring Rulers Office School Wood Rulers, 2 Scales • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
COCODE 12 Colors 60Pcs Hot Glue Gun Sticks 7mm by 10cm Hot Melt Glue Sticks Mini Glitter for DIY Art Craft Woodworking • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Elmer's Washable School Glue 4 Fl Oz / 118 Ml (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
Neenah Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 8.5 X 11 Inches, 72 Count (46407-01) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Gorilla 3034502 Hot Glue Sticks 4 In. Full Size, 45Count • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Outus Cello Sheets Cellophane Wraps, 8 x 8 Inch, 8 Colors, 104 Pieces • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
RayLineDo RayLineDo 50 Different Color Pieces Linen Cotton Fabric Solid Color Bundle Patchwork Squares Of 1010cm • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Soledi Embroidery Floss 50 Skeins Embroidery Thread Rainbow Color Cross Stitch Floss • Amazon Business $5.93 1 $5.93
18 Pieces Steel Large-Eye Blunt Needles,Valar Dohaeris Yarn Tapestry darning Embroidery Knitting Needles Sewing Needles Assorted Size • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49

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