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Mrs. Kinsley from Oakland CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Basketballs for Kindergarteners

My students need a portable; basketball hoop stand (with a backboard), 6 basketballs, and a ball pump so that they can develop gross motor skills during recess and P.E.

  • $302 goal

This project expired on April 13, 2011.

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My Students

Imagine it's recess time. You can finally run outside and play. Except at our school, there is only one small play structure for as many as 54 kindergarteners. So I often find some students playing "police", where they pretend to handcuff someone who is kneeling and take him/her into custody.

My kindergarteners have lots of energy and desperately need positive ways to exercise while building social skills during recess and P.E.

Many of them are English language learners and at least 81% of our students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. Our small school is located in an urban, high poverty neighborhood. One of the two neighborhood playgrounds has been inaccessible for years, due to drug dealing and street violence. Unfortunately, our school yard has only one small play structure for as many as 54 kindergarteners. So I often find students examining broken beer bottle shards from bottles thrown through the chain link fence or attempting to climb the fence out of boredom. I am constantly scanning the broken asphalt, warning the children to avoid the areas where I spot yet more glass shards, especially when they are playing jump rope. There are a few basketball courts, but the hoops are impossibly too high for kindergarteners and I only have one basketball.

My Project

I am tired of telling students not to pick up broken glass, climb the chain link fence, or play "police" (where several kids have a student kneeling with his/her hands behind his/her back, then take the child into custody) on our school yard; instead, I want to see my students dribbling and shooting basketballs into a 4 foot tall basketball hoop stand. Because they are in kindergarten and learning how to share, it is crucial that I have more than one basketball on hand, and that I have a decent ball pump. Over the past five years I have brought to school two ball pumps that have broke and several balls, but the balls would wear out, or get kicked/thrown over the six foot chain link fence--where I'd be unable to get the ball back. Now we finally have have a 12 foot tall chain link fence, so I don't worry about a basketball getting lost over the fence.

I want to see my kindergarten students develop their dribbling and basketball shooting skills in a supervised environment.

I want them to have a positive way to exercise, instead of resorting to dangerous ways of playing.

Mrs. Kinsley
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HOOP W/BACK BASKETBALL METAL • Sportime, Inc $123.49 1 $123.49
BALL BASKETBALL SCHOOL SMART MINI • Sportime, Inc $40.84 1 $40.84
INFLATOR BI-DIRECTIONAL HIGH VOLUME • Sportime, Inc $18.99 1 $18.99

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