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Mrs. DeLiefde from Springfield MA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Back to the Basics!

My students need a good solid start to the upcoming school year and these basic classroom supplies will increase their success!

  • $874 goal

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My Students

Our students are a clever and motivated group of 4th graders. There are 56 students in our grade, including 4 ELLs who are learning English and 8 more ELLs further developing their English. Our classrooms are very diverse, with many cultures, languages, and ethnicities. We all work together like a community, making sure everybody is learning, involved, and feels welcome. Our students never cease to amaze me with their ingenuity and imagination. Just the other day we had an in class "field trip" to an art gallery following a person in an article we had recently read. I asked my students what other in class field trip ideas could they come up with. They had endless ideas like a technology demonstration of a new piece of technology, or the evolution of a known piece of technology, a Zoo-on-the-go visit, a climate based art gallery, a dinosaur exhibit, a video game exhibit with research stations, or a science exhibit with various stations. They are truly a gifted group of kids.

My Project

When spring break was over and we had barely any pencils, erasers, glue sticks, or a working pencil sharpeners, I knew the next year couldn't struggle like that. I felt so guilty as I sent students to other classrooms, hoping their pencil sharpener was still functional. I was pleading for parents to send in glue sticks, markers, and paper. There was nothing left in the school's supply closet, yet we had so much more work to do and my students were still growing and learning everyday. Not this upcoming year. The upcoming 3rd graders will be equipped!

My students deserved better than losing precious instructional time scoping for another student who still had a mechanical hand sharpener that was sharper than a butter knife.

One of the biggest struggles this year was the hunt for a working pencil sharpener. We had burned through a heavy duty electric sharpener by December. It was replaced by a light duty sharpener that only lasted until early March. Three industrial sharpeners may sound unnecessary, but again, I will not allow a lack of basic supplies get in the way of student learning.

There was a project in April we were working on to display their learning of equivalent fractions. It was adorable. A total Pinterest steal! Something to take home to their parents and say, "hey, look mom and dad at what I've learned and created!" It was simple, a star that had the simplest form of the fraction in the middle and on the 5 points had an equivalent fraction, in a colorful 8-page book. This was great, until I realized my classroom of 29 students had dwindled down to 2 glue sticks. And the embarrassing phone calls to other classrooms began. (Thanks again kindergarten!)

Mrs. DeLiefde
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 30 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
X-ACTO ProX Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener • Amazon Business $35.94 3 $107.82
Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 HB Pencils, Box of 96, Yellow (13872) • Amazon Business $9.96 10 $99.60
Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, Broad Line, Great for Kids, 12 Pack of 10 Count • Amazon Business $39.46 2 $78.92
Expo 80001 Low Odor Chisel Point Dry Erase Markers, Black, 12 Units per Box, Pack of 4 Boxes, 48 Markers Total • Amazon Business $32.00 2 $64.00
Pacon Lightweight Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 500 Sheets (6555) • Amazon Business $11.42 5 $57.10
Sargent Art 36 Count Premium Pink Eraser Class Pack, Best Buy Assortment, 36-1012 • Amazon Business $11.99 4 $47.96
Charles Leonard Pencil Eraser Caps, Latex Free, Assorted Colors, 144/Box (71544) • Amazon Business $6.69 6 $40.14
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $9.86 4 $39.44
38 Bulk Water Color Oval Paints - 24 Sets and 14 Refills - Jumbo Pack - Washable • Amazon Business $36.95 1 $36.95
Jumbo Dry Erase Laminated Wall Calendar, Huge 24-Inch by 36-Inch Size, Monthly Planner for Home Office Classroom, Large Date Boxes, Reusable PET Film, Never Folded, Bonus 5 Markers, 8 Tacks, 1 Eraser • Amazon Business $33.95 1 $33.95
SunWorks Construction Paper, 12"X18", Smart-Stack Assortment, 150 Sheets • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Schoolworks 5 Inch Blunt Kids Scissors, Classpack of 12 (153520-1004) • Amazon Business $12.71 2 $25.42
Swingline Stapler, Commercial Desk Stapler, 20 Sheets Capacity, Black, Black, 2 Pack (S7044401AZ) • Amazon Business $10.70 2 $21.40
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Rio de Janeiro Collection, 24 Pads, 70 Sheets/Pad, Cabinet Pack (654-24SSAU-CP) • Amazon Business $19.50 1 $19.50

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