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Ms. Smith from Fort Worth TX is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Back the Basics!

Help my students increase their reading and writing skills by donating basic school supplies to their learning environment.

  • $463 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Over 90% of the students who attend our school qualify for free lunches which automatically labels them as at-risk students. The learners who enter my Reading Intervention class are reading at least two grade levels behind their peers. At times, the gap is even greater.

The students are also identified as learners with dyslexia, English Language Learners, Emotionally Disturbed, or homeless.

Some have simply fallen through the cracks. They have become used to being seen as failures and have given up on learning how to read, much less learning to enjoy reading.

William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

It is my desire to break the instilled cycle of failure and turn my students into motivated and successful readers and writers of their bright future. The fulfillment of this project will help me accomplish this goal.

My Project

Due to recent budget cuts, teachers have had to either purchase basic classroom supplies or adjust quality instruction to match the limited resources available. The supplies requested would help replenish some of the supplies students and teachers need to restore instruction to the highest level to assist in student achievement.

One might wonder how classroom supplies impact student achievement.

When working with a 90% economically disadvantaged student population, you cannot assume students will enter the classroom equipped with supplies such as writing instruments. Teacher supplies become exhausted throughout the year. Many times, replenishing supplies for both teacher and student success is left upon the teachers who are often financially strained.

Equipping teachers with items such as copy paper and notebooks will give them some of the tools they need to provide students with Tier 1 instruction of the highest level. Even as we move toward increasing technological skills with students, basic supplies are the foundation of all classroom instruction.

Ms. Smith
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rocketbook Everlast Executive and Mini Wirebound Notebook with 2 Pilot FriXion pens and 2 microfiber cloths, Neptune Teal (EVR EM K CCE) • Amazon Business $48.00 1 $48.00
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 36 Pack • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
Electric Pencil Sharpener,Heavy Duty Helical Blade and Auto-Stop Feature,Durable Indrustial Pencil Sharpener Plug in for NO. 2/Colored Pencils (6.5-8mm),Suitable for Office,School,Classroom (BLACK) • Amazon Business $31.99 1 $31.99
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5" x 11", 24 lb/89 gsm, Mixed Carton 5-Color Assortment, 1250 Sheets (22998) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
AmazonBasics 92 Bright Multipurpose Copy Paper - 8.5 x 11 Inches, 5 Ream Case (2,500 Sheets) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Letter Size Clipboards 9'' x 12.5'' Standard Clip Hardboard (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
PILOT Frixion Clicker Retractable Pens Retractable Erasable Gel Pens Fine Point (.7) Assorted Color Inks 10-pk; Make Mistakes Disappear, No Need For White Out with America’s #1 Selling Pen Brand • Amazon Business $19.81 1 $19.81
DSTELIN Binder Clips Paper Clamps Assorted Sizes 100 Count (Black), X Large, Large, Medium, Small, X Small and Micro, 6 Sizes in One Pack | Meet Your Different Using Needs • Amazon Business $8.49 2 $16.98
Smead Two-Pocket Heavyweight File Folder, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 50 per Carton (87863) • Amazon Business $16.27 1 $16.27
AmazonBasics AMZ401 File Folders - Letter Size (100 Pack) – Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Early Buy 7 Bright Color Lined Sticky Notes Self-Stick Notes 3 in x 3 in, 80 Sheets/Pad, 14 Pads/Pack • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Sharpie 75847 Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count • Amazon Business $13.73 1 $13.73
Medium Metal Paper Clips Assorted, Coideal 48 Pack Colored Binder Clips with Cute Lovely Hollow Smiling Face/Multi Color Photo File Paper Document Clip Clamp Organizer for Office Home (25mm) • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12 Count • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
BIC Xtra-Life Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7 mm), 40-Count • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens Fine Point (.7) Assorted Color Inks 7-pk; Make Mistakes Disappear, No Need For White Out with America’s #1 Selling Pen Brand • Amazon Business $9.08 1 $9.08
Sticky Notes, Kereda Self-Stick Notes in Different Shapes, Colorful Super Sticky Notes,100 Sheets/Pad for Students, Home, Office, Easy Post(Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Black, 12 Count • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Post-it Notes, America’s #1 Favorite Sticky Note, 4 in x 6 in, Cape Town Collection, Lined, 3 Pads/Pack, 100 Sheets/Pad (660-3AN) • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
BIC 4 Color Fashion Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Assorted, 2-Count • Amazon Business $3.69 1 $3.69
Avery Printable Business Cards, Inkjet Printers, 90 Cards, 2 x 3.5, Clean Edge, Heavyweight (28878) • Amazon Business $3.07 1 $3.07
Avery Print or Write File Folder Labels for Laser and Inkjet Printers, 1/3 Cut, Assorted Colors, Pack of 252 (5215) • Amazon Business $2.31 1 $2.31

Materials cost

$357.58

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.36

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$392.94

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$69.34

Total project goal

$462.28

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$462.28

2 Donors

-$412.28

Donations toward project cost

-$350.44

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$61.84

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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