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Mr. Thiebeau from Philadelphia PA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Boosting Creative Learning With Interactive Notebooks

My students need composition notebooks, colored pencils, paper and other basic supplies to create interactive science notebooks.

  • $315 goal

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My Students

I teach in an urban high school where almost all the students are from economically disadvantaged homes. Some live with a single parent, some with a relative, others an unrelated guardian or even in a shelter. In spite of these challenges, my students come into my classroom each day ready to learn in creative and fun ways.

Even these students from low income homes can achieve, if given the tools they need.

The majority of my students face challenges every day before they even enter the building where we are a 100% free breakfast and lunch facility. Although these things are not the typical life experiences we may be familiar with, most of my students work hard at trying to overcome these obstacles. 98% of the students in our school are African-American and a large portion read below grade level, some as low as 3rd grade. Because of this, I strive to make their learning experiences as meaningful and as positive as possible to show them that through hard work and perseverance, they can achieve whatever they set their minds to. These are my students.

My Project

Students learn more when they are engaged and what better way to learn science than through interactive notebooks? From the moment I introduced my students to interactive learning by creating personalized foldables to understand complicated concepts in biology, their buy in and engagement increased ten fold. Students move from passive note taking to being active participants involved in their own learning. Interactive notebooks create a sense of ownership and pride in what the students do and gives them a personalized way to make meaning of their new knowledge.

As effective as this type of teaching and learning is, teachers are always spending their own personal money to be able to provide these opportunities to their students.

It is becoming increasingly harder for teachers to meet the supply needs of their students. Because most students don’t have the means to buy even the basics, as their teacher I often end up personally funding these needs. That is why I am asking for items like composition books, construction paper, colored and regular pencils, glue sticks and other materials so students can create their interactive notebooks. Funding of this project will allow me continue to provide those engaging and meaningful lessons for my students.

Mr. Thiebeau
Grades 9-12
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 145 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crayola Colored Pencil Bulk, 240 Count Classpack, 12 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $27.05 2 $54.10
Crayola Broad Line Markers Bulk, 256 Count Classpack • Amazon Business $49.91 1 $49.91
Scissors Bulk, 12 Pack, 8 Inch Stainless Steel Blade, Soft Handles in 2 Colors, Perfect for Cutting Paper, Fabric, Photos & More in Office&Home • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 60 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $15.00 2 $30.00
Hammermill Paper, Copy, 20lb, 8.5x11, Letter, 92 Bright, 4,000 sheets / 8 ream case, (113640) Made In The USA • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Pacon 6555 Rainbow Super Value Construction Paper Ream, 45 lb, 9 x 12, Assorted, 500 Sheets • Amazon Business $9.53 2 $19.06
Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 HB Pencils, Box of 96, Yellow (13872) • Amazon Business $8.19 2 $16.38

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