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Mrs. Nelson from San Rafael CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Back to School Basics!

Help me give my students basic school supplies like binders, pencils, markers, crayons, glue sticks, colored pencils, card stock, computer ink and more!

  • $1,571 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students need your help! All of my kindergarteners are English Language Learners. Imagine the challenge of learning to read, write, and do math in a language that is not spoken in your home. I want to make learning fun and exciting for my students because they deserve it.

My students are amazing.

I have 24 kindergarteners; most of whom come from immigrant families who live well below the poverty line. Their parents are some of the most hardworking individuals I know. Unfortunately, the long hours that these families work means little to no academic support at home. That means that we need to make the most of the school day and fill our classroom with the tools that make learning possible.

My school is dedicated to educating each child in a safe, enriching environment that respects individual and cultural differences, while helping students achieve mastery of California's Common Core State Standards. We have a school-wide college bound focus, and our teachers provide high expectations and academic rigor for all of our students.

My Project

Every classroom needs basic materials to run smoothly, and that's what we need! The supplies that we are asking for will fill our desk caddies and leave us with extras in our cupboards to replenish throughout the year. The pencils, glue sticks, crayons, markers, and colored pencils will be out at our desks and used by every student, every day. The card stock and computer ink will allow me to print the students' names and label anything from homework folders to book bags! The white binders will hold all of my students' work throughout the year. The birthday and Student of the Week supplies will be given each time my special Kindergartners are celebrated!

You have all heard stories about how much money teachers spend out of pocket each year, let's change that!

The biggest hit always seems to be a few weeks before the new school year begins. Each August I make countless trips to office supply and teacher resource stores. Starting a new school year with new supplies is a must. Please help my 24 kindergartners begin the year with the supplies that they so desperately need!

Thank you for your help and consideration!

Mrs. Nelson
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HP 564XL Black High-Yield & 564 Cyan, Magenta, Yellow Ink Cartridges, 4-Pack (N9H60FN) • Staples Advantage $73.99 2 $147.98
Staples Standard 2" 3-Ring View Binders, White, 6/Carton (26444CT) • Staples Advantage $29.99 4 $119.96
Avery Glue Stic Permanent Glue Sticks, 1.27 Oz., 6/Pack (98073) • Staples Advantage $13.49 6 $80.94
Bostitch Impulse Electric Stapler, Full-Strip Capacity, Black (02210) • Staples Advantage $79.69 1 $79.69
Crayola Classic Kid's Markers, Broad Point, Assorted, 8/Pack (58-7808) • Staples Advantage $6.59 12 $79.08
Crayola Specialty Crayons, Large Size, 8/Box • Staples Advantage $2.19 24 $52.56
Crayola Colored Pencils, 24/Box • Staples Advantage $4.00 12 $48.00
Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, Letter Size, 200 Pouches (TP3854-200) • Staples Advantage $46.57 1 $46.57
Birthday Bash Motivational Pencils, #2, 144/Box • Staples Advantage $40.68 1 $40.68
Expo Vis-A-Vis Wet Erase Markers, Fine Point, Black, Dozen (16001) • Staples Advantage $19.39 2 $38.78
Neenah Cardstock Paper, 65 lbs, 8.5" x 11" (US letter), Bright White, 250/Pack (91904) • Staples Advantage $12.39 3 $37.17
Swingline Optima Reduced Effort Desk Stapler, 40 Sheet Capacity, Silver/Black (87845) • Staples Advantage $35.49 1 $35.49
Expo Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Point, Black, 12/Pack (80001) • Staples Advantage $10.92 3 $32.76
Student of the Week Pizzazz Pencil, Pack of 12 • Staples Advantage $6.99 4 $27.96
Sharpie Tank Highlighters, Chisel, Yellow, Dozen (25005) • Staples Advantage $6.87 4 $27.48
Binney & Smith Crayola Large Multicultural Crayons, 4" x 7/16", 8/Bx • Staples Advantage $2.19 12 $26.28
Binney & Smith Crayola Jumbo Washable Watercolor Set, Assorted Colors, Oval Pan, 4/Set • Staples Advantage $4.29 6 $25.74
Learning Resources Hand Pointers, 24", Set of 3 • Staples Advantage $24.99 1 $24.99
Ticonderoga My First Ticonderoga Wooden Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, Dozen (33312) • Staples Advantage $3.88 6 $23.28
Trend Enterprises Recognition Awards, Happy Birthday (Cake) • Staples Advantage $22.29 1 $22.29
Crayola Washable Watercolors, Assorted (53-0525) • Staples Advantage $1.77 12 $21.24
Teacher Created Resources Unicorn Pointer, Pack of 6 (TCR20821) • Staples Advantage $20.49 1 $20.49
Teachers Friend Happy Birthday Crowns, 36/PK, 2 PK/BD • Staples Advantage $17.39 1 $17.39
Trend Enterprises Kindergarten Diploma Certificate, 8 1/2"(L) x 11"(W) • Staples Advantage $16.39 1 $16.39
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12/Pack (30001) • Staples Advantage $7.92 2 $15.84
Trend superSpots & superShapes Awesome Assortment Stickers, Assorted, 5100/Pack (T-46826) • Staples Advantage $14.19 1 $14.19
ScotchBlue ORIGINAL Painter's Tape, 0.70" x 60 yds. (2090-18E-G) • Staples Advantage $3.49 3 $10.47
Pacon Sentence & Learning Strips (1733) • Staples Advantage $9.75 1 $9.75
Trend superShapes Stickers, Assorted Colors, 1300/Pack (T-46910) • Staples Advantage $7.49 1 $7.49
superSpots Sticker Variety Pack, Neon Smiles, 2,500 per Pack • Staples Advantage $7.49 1 $7.49
superSpots Sticker Variety Pack, Positive Praisers, 2,500/Pk • Staples Advantage $7.09 1 $7.09
Trend Bookmarks, Star Student • Staples Advantage $6.09 1 $6.09
Pacon Rainbow Kraft Sentence & Learning Strips, Elementary Students (0073400) • Staples Advantage $4.09 1 $4.09
Pacon Sentence & Learning Strips, Elementary Students (5166) • Staples Advantage $2.61 1 $2.61
Carson-Dellosa Happy Birthday Motivational Stickers, 24/Pk • Staples Advantage $1.29 1 $1.29

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