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Mrs. Pontius from Kalamazoo MI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Be Your Best You: Beginning of the Year Basics

My students need visual aid charts and materials for large group/center organization.

  • $279 goal

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My Students

Within the Head Start program, we strive to use building blocks to assist our students across the board for continued educational success. Many of our students are in their first year of school, which at age 3, can be quite scary to begin with. Having universal tools to reach students of all backgrounds will assist in unified educational experiences.

How can we build excitement in learning for students without a variety of exciting tools to assist the initial spark?

Our students do have some educational toys currently, but we are looking to expand the collection to allow for being able to see numbers, letters, etc. used in different ways. The students in our classroom come from low-income families where many are unable to afford certain luxuries. Building a classroom environment that houses some of those necessary, educational luxuries will not only spark their excitement, but will also give them an escape from outside distractions even for just a few hours a day.

My Project

Currently, I am in the first years of being a lead teacher within our program. This is going to be my first year at a new school site. I am trying to build a good foundation of supplies for my students as a whole, in order to better serve them on an educational level. We are in need of large group materials like pocket charts, a pocket chart stand, table organizers for center based materials (art supplies), etc. I would love to be able to start this new school year in a new environment off right!

These materials will help to enhance our experience at the beginning of every day, along with keeping us organized.

The supplies would make whole group routine flow much better and be a great foundation for beginning of the school year materials that I know I will be needing.

Mrs. Pontius
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, 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.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC546 - Circle Time Learning Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $99.50 1 $99.50
LA964 - Adjustable Pocket Chart Stand • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Alphabet Center Pocket Chart • Kaplan Early Learning Company $31.41 1 $31.41
Create-a-Space Storage Center • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.11 1 $16.11

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