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Mrs. Gartrell from Saluda SC is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Breathe and Relax

Help me give my students a space to relax from rough moments in life with coloring books and colored pencils, an essential oil diffuser, CD player, and more.

  • $309 goal

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

Our middle school is located in a rural county area. Our middle school is a Title I school with limited resources. More than 60 percent of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. The area is basically farmland and manufacturing. Most of our parents work in poultry or on a farm. Many of our students are sheltered from the real world. So many of our students have never been out of the state of South Carolina. Our student population total is 512. Out of the 512 students, 401 students receive free lunch and 29 students receive reduced-price lunch.

My Project

In today's world, more and more students are being frustrated with the challenges of life. Sometimes this becomes overwhelming for them to bear. Many students become depressed and think that suicide is the answer.

Sometimes all they need is a safe place to relax and regroup.

That safe place can be a corner in an office or a corner in a classroom. Often times my students feel the full pressures of life and they allow those pressures to weigh them down. That is why it is important for me to create and have a place for my students to "Breathe and Relax."

While visiting The Breathe and Relax Corner, students need to have items that can calm and relax them. The items that are being requested are items that can be used by students in the Breathe and Relax Corner in my classroom and office. If students can just have a moment away from their rough moments in life, students will be more ready to put their puzzle pieces of life back together. If we are to help the whole child, then teaching them how to deal with the rough patches in life is part of helping the whole child.

Mrs. Gartrell
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ARTIST GRADE 55-PEN1000 Colored Pencil Set 72 Count • Amazon Business $9.69 5 $48.45
Essential Oil Diffuser, Anjou 500ml BPA Free Cool Mist Humidifier Aromatherapy Auto Shut-Off Diffuser, Adjustable Mist Mode, 7 Color LED Light for 12hrs of Continuous Quiet Diffuser Aroma, White • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
Sylvania SRCD243 Portable CD Player with AM/FM Radio, Boombox (Blue) • Amazon Business $23.97 1 $23.97
Guided Meditations for Difficult Times: A Lamp in the Darkness • Amazon Business $17.42 1 $17.42
Gaiam Essentials Thick Yoga Mat Fitness & Exercise Mat With Easy-Cinch Yoga Mat Carrier Strap (72"L X 24"W X 2/5 Inch Thick) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Gaiam Essentials Thick Yoga Mat Fitness & Exercise Mat with Easy-Cinch Yoga Mat Carrier Strap, Purple, 72"L x 24"W x 2/5 Inch Thick • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
KELZ KIDZ Durable Jumbo Pull and Stretch Stress Squeeze Ball (4 Pack) - Great and Fun Squishy Party Favor Fidget Toy - Excellent Sensory Relief for Tension and Anxiety! • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Bird Songs of the Northwoods (Soothing Sounds of Nature) • Amazon Business $8.18 1 $8.18
Good Vibes Coloring Book (Coloring is Fun) (Design Originals): 30 Beginner-Friendly Relaxing & Creative Art Activities on High-Quality Extra-Thick Perforated Paper that Resists Bleed Through • Amazon Business $7.77 1 $7.77
Inspirational Quotes: An Adult Coloring Book with Motivational Sayings and Positive Affirmations for Confidence and Relaxation • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dreams Come True: An Adult Coloring Book with Fun Inspirational Quotes, Adorable Kawaii Doodles, and Positive Affirmations for Relaxation • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Adult Coloring Book for Good Vibes: Live Laugh Love Motivational and Inspirational Sayings Coloring Book for Adults • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

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