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Mrs. Barilla from Wethersfield CT is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bouncing Into 4th Grade!

Help me give my students bouncy bands and balance ball chairs to be able to create flexible seating for them for their various sensory and attention needs.

  • $744 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is nestled in the center of Connecticut, which has a lot of historic homes in the heart of New England. We are a STEM school focusing on science, technology, math and engineering with many hands-on activities.

Each child in my classroom come from different socioeconomic backgrounds and the methods and environment in which they learn best vary greatly.

Though many of them have these challenges, they come to school each day ready to try new things and take new chances in order to grow both personally and academically.

I incorporate a variety of learning strategies and collaborative work to ensure that each student's needs are met when they enter my door. They are truly an incredible group, and I am so lucky and humbled to have this diverse group of learners that are excited and ready to learn each day!

My Project

The supplies I am requesting are to be able to create various spaces and flexible seating within my classroom so all of students can access their learning at their level and level of need. As I provide instruction to my students, I am constantly having to stop and redirect behaviors due to sensory concerns, lack of body awareness and levels of activity.

Not all students learn the same way and their DIFFERENT needs are often overlooked!

I would LOVE to put the balance ball chairs around a table for students to choose and be able to access just like a math tool they might need. These chairs can roll so they can be moved to the carpet area during mini-lessons as well. The wobble cushions can be used by any student who is feeling unsettled and needs the constant movement and stimulation that 4th graders often seek. They can be transferred easily to the carpets for lessons, lunch time or even assemblies. Lastly, I would love to provide EACH student that comes though my classroom a chance to be able to move and get their energy out in a quiet an productive way by utilizing the chair bands at each desk. This will give my students the opportunity to receive sensory feedback without disturbing others.

I believe in giving students various tools to help them succeed to the best of their ability. I want to create EQUITY in my classroom by providing students a place to sit and learn while receiving sensory or movement feedback so they can access their learning at a higher potential.

Mrs. Barilla
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair - Classic Children's Stability Ball Chair, Alternative School Classroom Flexible Desk Seating for Active Students with Satisfaction Guarantee, Blue/Green • Amazon Business $69.98 3 $209.94
Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair - Classic Children's Stability Ball Chair, Alternative School Classroom Flexible Desk Seating for Active Students with Satisfaction Guarantee, Purple/Pink • Amazon Business $55.98 3 $167.94
bintiva round balance disc purple 33cm • Amazon Business $18.99 6 $113.94
Stretchy Resistance Fidget Bands Toy for Kids 3 Pack | Bounce, Kick & Stretch Your Feet | for ADHD, ADD, SPD, Autism & Poor Concentration | Improve Classroom Focus, Ameliorate Sensory Input • Amazon Business $12.70 8 $101.60

Materials cost

$593.42

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.90

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$632.32

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$111.59

Total project goal

$743.91

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$743.91

10 Donors

-$525.00

Donations toward project cost

-$461.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$63.75

Matching donations from our partners

-$201.26

Match offers toward project cost

-$171.07

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.19

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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