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Mrs. Hammond from Cayce SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Blinded by the Light: We Need Curtains for Certain

Help me give my students blackout curtains and curtain rods to help with the afternoon glare.

  • $177 goal

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My Students

My students range from 9th through 12th grade, and many of them have special needs, from learning disabilities to behavior disorders to limited English proficiency. A large percentage of our students come from low-income households, and most of them work hard for everything that they have.

Despite their difficulties, these dedicated students strive to help each other.

The ESOL students have created a clothes closet and the student council has organized school supply drives for our school and neighboring schools. They have pulled together to raise money for fellow students with serious illnesses and students who have had personal tragedies. They inspire me with their sense of community.

My Project

I work in a classroom that has two big, beautiful windows that let an amazing amount of natural sunlight into our classroom. We are grateful for them, because they allow us to come into the room in the morning without the need to turn on the headache-inducing florescent lights.

The natural light is a great benefit in the morning, but the afternoon sunlight poses some problems.

The sun streams directly through the window, so anyone standing in the front of the room is blinded, and anyone looking at the white board or the Promethean Board in the front has to deal with a large glare. Also, this makes our classroom uncomfortably warm in the afternoons.

Getting blackout curtains in the classroom will solve all three of these problems. Students giving presentations after lunch can do so without being blinded, students will be able to read the material that is presented to them without moving around the room, and the temperature of the room won't rise because of the afternoon sun. This will make it easier for the students to concentrate in class, producing better results.

Mrs. Hammond
Grades 9-12
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 130 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Umbra Chroma 54-90”, Tension Rod, Hang Your Curtains, No Drilling or Holes Required, Black • Amazon Business $29.23 2 $58.46
Turquoize Blackout Curtain Panels - Window Treatment Thermal Insulated Solid Grey Curtains Grommet Drapes for Bedroom/Living Room (2 Panels, 52 by 63 Inch, Charcoal Gray) • Amazon Business $25.99 2 $51.98

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