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Ms. Aitken from Columbus OH is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Breathe, Chill: Meditation & Mindfulness in the Classroom

My students need materials such as cushions and Affirmation cards to enhance our meditation and mindfulness practices.

  • $210 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students come from all over the city of Columbus, the largest urban, public school district in Ohio, to participate in a full-time gifted program. These young, passionate gifted learners have unique social-emotional needs. Some students are twice-exceptional, meaning they are also coping with a specific learning disability, such as Autism. Others struggle with perfectionism, anxiety, and/or conflict resolution. A meditation and mindfulness practice provides my students with skills for coping with their intense emotions. My hope is that they carry their practice into other areas of their lives as well.

My Project

I've already self-funded a year-long subscription to Calm.com for my classroom. This resource has many features and meditations, but my favorite one to use with my students is the Loving Kindess Meditation. Who doesn't need to take a moment within their day to give themselves a little love and kindess? The materials I'm requesting in this project will enhance our meditation and mindfulness practice by providing comfortable floor seating that we will use during our practice (and most likely throughout the day as part of our flexible seating!). The affirmation cards will be student-selected and used as part of a calming, breathing routine at school and at home. The kids love these cards, which feature a wide variety of positive messages focusing on self-love and self-worth. As our practice grows, I'm always looking for new ideas to incorporate, so the book Breathe, Chill will provide new techniques and games I can share with my students. One of our favorite activities has been the Flying Wish Paper. We use it to let go of worries we have been holding onto or to send positive thoughts for others out into the universe.

A meditation & mindfulness practice provides my students with coping skills, helping them to refocus their intense emotions.

As our practice grows, I hope my students will carry the skills they are learning into other areas of their lives. As the Dalai Lama once said, “If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.”

Ms. Aitken
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Incline Fit Buckwheat Filled Round Meditation Cushion, Black • Amazon Business $19.99 4 $79.96
Daily Positive Affirmation Cards for Kids + Teens - Encourage & Inspire your kids daily to increase confidence and promote a positive attitude - Great for adults too! • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Flying Wish Paper Puffs, Large • Amazon Business $21.20 1 $21.20
Breathe, Chill: A Handy Book of Games and Techniques Introducing Breathing, Meditation and Relaxation to Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99

Materials cost

$146.13

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.19

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$178.32

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$31.47

Total project goal

$209.79

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$209.79

2 Donors

-$178.32

Donations toward project cost

-$178.32

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$31.47

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$0.00

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