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Ms. DeLong from W Springfield MA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bridges: Seniors and Refugee Students Come Together For Literacy

My students need to be able to build relationships with community members at the local Senior Center. These materials (paint, tissue paper, palettes) will help them form relationships during our Bridges program.

  • $205 goal

This project expired on May 30, 2018.

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My Students

My students are inquisitive, creative, and motivated to absorb experiences and learning. They arrive to the classroom with a rich cultural history.

Many are refugees, having spent some or all of their lives in refugee camps or locations exposed to war, violence, natural disaster, and instability.

Their school histories are often characterized by transitions, interruptions, or little to no opportunities to safely attend. All of my students are English-language learners in beginning phases. They genuinely demonstrate gratitude and desire to understand and express, connect with adults and peers, and contribute to our community.

Our school is situated directly outside a large urban site and is considered a high-poverty area. 85% of the attending students are high needs as determined by the state. The student body is large and ethnically diverse with 60% speaking a native language other than English.

My Project

Our students have the opportunity to work with community members from the local Senior Center. Individuals come to the school and take part in a read aloud, literacy activities, arts and crafts, and bonding activities that give students the opportunity to get to know their community members. The paint will help with the activity of planting flowers and making their own flower pot from the book Ms. Rumphius by Barbara Cooney; making the world more beautiful. The tissue paper will be used after reading The Story of Ferdinand by Monroe Leaf, in order to make tissue paper flowers to decorate the classrooms and Senior Center. The name tags will be used by the students and seniors, in order to help build a connection. Our students are from many countries with many backgrounds and languages. By working with the Senior Center, students have a chance to become one with the community.

Ms. DeLong
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 600 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Handy Art 8 Color-8 Ounce Primary Acrylic Paint Set, Assorted • Amazon Business $26.51 2 $53.02
120-Pack Assorted Tissue Paper - Colored Tissue Paper, Perfect for Gift Bags, DIY Crafts, 10 Colors Included, 19.7 x 26 Inches • Amazon Business $12.99 4 $51.96
Fun Express Paint Plastic Palettes - 12 Pieces • Amazon Business $5.49 6 $32.94
LA696 - Self-Adhesive Name Tags - Set of 40 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $3.99 1 $3.99

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