You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.


Ms. Alfano from Paterson NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bucket Fillers

My students need a Bucket Filling book starter kit with posters, pencils, stickers, bookmarks, temporary tattoos, and brag tags to express kindness on a daily basis.

  • $348 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

A typical day in school can easily be when the students are complaining about what others have said or done to them. We need to teach our students to be positive and kind to each other; then reward them for that. Have you filled your bucket today?

My students live in a large urban public school district in New Jersey.

They are mostly Hispanic and include a high number of special education students. More than 85% of the students receive free or reduced lunch. A lot of our students come from single family homes and have to take on extra responsibilities. They don't have a chance to be 'kids.'

My Project

I hope to inspire my students to become positive citizens and to treat each other with respect. They need to become familiar with saying and doing kind things for each other. For example; smiling at someone, giving a classmate a compliment, helping others. There are many ways to fill buckets. Students will be focusing on what others are doing in a positive way, rather than focusing on negativity which they are used to. For example, if a student helps another classmate by picking something up, that student would be able to write it down and put it in their 'bucket' by the end of the day. I would like the language of bucket filling to become equal with being kind and thoughtful. At the end of each day, students can reflect on the ways in which they have filled their buckets.

Bucket filling has created a language that everyone can learn and understand; for example: You filled my bucket!

When your bucket is full, you feel more confident and positive. If your bucket is empty, you can easily become sad and negative. Please help my students become more positive since they encounter negativity too often.

Read More
Ms. Alfano
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 375 students.

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. Alfano is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bucketfilling Book Starter Set • Bucket Fillers 101 $49.95 1 $49.95
Value Pack "I am a Bucket Filler" Pencils • Bucket Fillers 101 $36.00 1 $36.00
Bucket Filler's Pledge Banner • Bucket Fillers 101 $27.95 1 $27.95
"I am a Bucket Filler" Brag Tags 10 pack • Bucket Fillers 101 $4.00 6 $24.00
"I am a Bucket Filler" sticker pad • Bucket Fillers 101 $9.95 2 $19.90
Value Pack Posters 1-6 & 11 • Bucket Fillers 101 $14.95 1 $14.95
Bucket Filling from A to Z Bookmark • Bucket Fillers 101 $1.00 10 $10.00
Value Pack Bucket Temporary Tattoos • Bucket Fillers 101 $9.95 1 $9.95
Bucket Filling from A to Z Vertical Poster • Bucket Fillers 101 $8.95 1 $8.95
Bucket Filler's Border • Bucket Fillers 101 $2.95 2 $5.90

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


2 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Paterson","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[1129005],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"NJ","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":1180860,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":375,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Alfano","authorIds":{"1129005":{"owner":"Ms. Alfano","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[1180860],"proposalHash":"1432860587","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":287755,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MTkxMjAwMQ==","MjQwMDY0MA=="],"teacherId":1129005,"schoolCounty":"Passaic","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"NJ","name":"New Jersey"}}