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Mrs. Jones-Staricka from Minneapolis MN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Bricks to Build Routines

Help me give my students basic Lego sets and card games to enrich Distance Learning in their homes.

  • $520 goal

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My Students

My students have a variety of learning challenges and family backgrounds, but they love being part of our community of learners at school. I can't believe it has been over a month already since we've been able to be together and see each other in person, and yet it feels like we are just getting started with this Distance Learning thing.

My special needs students, along with support from their families have risen to the challenge, in ways I never would have imagined, to learn new technology skills in order to participate in remote learning with their teachers and classmates.

Now that our governor has officially closed the schools through the end of the year, and given teachers another two days to plan and collaborate, it's time to finish the year strong.

I'm so grateful to the Minneapolis School District for their efforts to get a device and internet access into the hands of every student. But the field is not level yet. Many of my students lack the basic toys, games, and manipulatives and were considered near necessities when my own children were young.

My Project

For my students it’s not enough to post engaging video lessons and host daily face to face video conferencing. They need structure, familiar routines, and motivation to do the work at home that is asked of them in order to keep learning. At school we often use a “First, Then” strategy, otherwise known as the Pre-Mack Principal, to motivate students. I bet you use it, too. Every time you do the thing you least want to do first, and allow yourself that guilty pleasure when you have finished (ice cream after yard work? Netflix after the dishes are done?), you are employing a similar strategy that we teach our kids at school.

Two favorite activities that were always requested at “choice time”, after lessons were done, are Legos (or Duplos for those with motor challenges) and Uno.

I am excited to have the opportunity to deliver these basic games to my students’ homes that will act as a motivator to do their work at home and also be a familiar tie to the school routines they miss. I have even figured out how to will host a weekly virtual Uno game!

Mrs. Jones-Staricka
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Creative LEGO Brick Set by LEGO Education $59.95 2 $119.90
Lego Education Duplo StoryTales (45014) $79.50 1 $79.50
LEGO Classic Creative Bricks 10692 Building Blocks, Learning Toy (221 Pieces) $13.59 3 $40.77
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 Building Toys for Creative Play; Kids Creative Kit (484 Pieces) $27.99 1 $27.99
LEGO DUPLO My First Emotions 10861 Building Blocks (28 Piece) $24.98 1 $24.98
Mattel 4347154784 Uno Card Game 2 Pack, Red $19.99 1 $19.99
LEGO Classic Green Baseplate 2304 Supplement for Building, Playing, and Displaying LEGO Creations, 10cm x 10cm, Large Building Base Accessory for Kids and Adults (1 Piece) $4.99 4 $19.96
LEGO Classic Basic Brick Set 11002 Building Kit (300 Pieces) $17.97 1 $17.97
LEGO Classic Bricks and Houses 11008 Kids’ Building Toy Starter Set with Fun Builds to Stimulate Young Minds, New 2020 (270 Pieces) $15.99 1 $15.99
LEGO Classic Blue Baseplate 10714 Building Kit (1 Piece) $4.99 3 $14.97
LotFancy Playing Card Holder for Kids Seniors, 4-Pack Plastic Hands Free Cards Holders for Canasta, Poker Parties, Family Card Game Nights $13.15 1 $13.15
Mattel Games UNO: Classic (Tin Box) [Amazon Exclusive] $9.99 1 $9.99

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