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Mrs. Blake-Franklin from Springfield MA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Mindfulness to Our Circle

Help me give my students tools, materials, and motivation to practice calming techniques and create an atmosphere of community using unique games and challenges.

  • $281 goal

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My Students

Our district is completely free lunch due to the level of poverty that many of the students experience on a daily basis.

Every year, I am fortunate to be able to say that my eighth graders are an awesome group of kids.

While each year is different, they are all always willing to take academic risks, and they demonstrate a want to be part of something bigger.

For many of my students, there is a struggle with emotional and social issues. We have programs in place that help students, however, there is room for improvement.

My Project

Each day my students and I participate in an advisory style Circle of Power and Respect. We share our news of the day, help each other problem solve social/emotional issues, and generally build a culture of family and acceptance between each other.

I gave students the opportunity to ask for experiences they would want to know more about, and their desire to learn about meditation and mindfulness took me by pleasant surprise.

We are asking for:

Yoga mats: to do whole group and small group yoga/meditation/mindfulness

Sand timer: to help us practice privately getting back our focus and using it as a cooling off tool

Totem: a game to help build our confidence and self-esteem

Assorted books: To help me find strategies to encourage positive behaviors like mindfulness, meditation, and other calming techniques

The materials in this project will help me help my students learn to cope with the stress of their adolescent lives. By contributing you will be creating a positive climate in our classroom and helping us grow our family vibe.

Mrs. Blake-Franklin
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BalanceFrom GoYoga All Purpose High Density Non-Slip Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap, 1/4", Green • Amazon Business $10.99 5 $54.95
BalanceFrom GoYoga All Purpose High Density Non-Slip Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap, 1/4", Blue • Amazon Business $10.99 5 $54.95
Totem the feel good game, Self-Esteem Game for Counseling, Team Building, Family • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Teacher Created Resources 3 Minute Sand Timer - Large (20659) • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
Teach Peach Assorted Motivational Stress Balls, Fun Fidget Toys for Kids, Teenagers, and Adults, Perfect Unique Gift Idea, Green 3 Pack • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Learning Resources Conversation Cubes • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
AmazonBasics Ruled Index Cards, Assorted Neon, 3x5-Inch, 300-Count • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49

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