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Mrs. Levan from Carlinville IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Better World - One Classroom at a Time!

My students need quality materials to enhance their social and emotional learning.

  • $519 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We are a classroom of 18 energetic, curious, and wonderfully unique first graders! Our school, which has about 400 kindergarten through third grade students, is part of a small, rural community in central Illinois. About 60% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Our district has always been proud of the educational experiences it provides, but has lost many businesses and tax revenue over the past few decades and has struggled to provide resources to its students.

Every day, we make a promise to be kind, safe, and the very best learners we can be!

We work hard to learn in every way... socially, emotionally, and academically. We try hard, make lots of mistakes, learn from them, and try again! It is so important that students learn to accept and appreciate themselves and each other.

I am passionate about accepting my students as they are and helping them grow. They each have their own abilities, needs, interests, and emotions. It's my job to unlock their potential in whatever way I can.

My Project

My request is for materials that enhance social/emotional learning. These include high-quality children's literature to be used to read aloud, and yoga tools that can be used with my first graders.

Not only do we have a responsibility to teach subject material, we need to equip children with skills to become positive, well-balanced global citizens.

They can learn to understand and manage their emotions, have empathy and compassion for others, adopt a growth mindset, navigate friendships, practice self-care, and have respect and tolerance for others.

One facet of this project is to use quality literature as 'jumping off points' for rich discussion of social and emotional topics. Another facet is to include children's literature that depicts different ethnicity and race and to incorporate understanding and acceptance of cultural differences. I've also included literature that addresses children with disabilities and encourages empathy and understanding. Lastly, I've included some yoga materials, which include books to guide us and some instructional cards.

I have learned about the benefits of yoga with children and want to incorporate relaxation 'brain breaks' that include yoga this year. These materials will supplement curriculum that we already use and will be shared with other teachers in the building, and students I will have in the future. This affecting hundreds of students.

Thank you for helping to make the world better by nurturing and promoting positive, well-balanced learners and citizens!

Mrs. Levan
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Because Amelia Smiled • Amazon Business $15.48 1 $15.48
Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children Card Deck • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
Being Frank • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
The Kindness Quilt • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
The Golden Rule • Amazon Business $13.72 1 $13.72
Peanut Butter & Cupcake • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Hey, Little Ant • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
One • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $12.21 1 $12.21
Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
My Many Coloured Days • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
I Am Yoga • Amazon Business $11.32 1 $11.32
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $10.64 1 $10.64
One Family • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Red: A Crayon's Story • Amazon Business $9.67 1 $9.67
Rude Cakes • Amazon Business $9.56 1 $9.56
Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
The Potato Chip Champ: Discovering Why Kindness Counts • Amazon Business $8.32 1 $8.32
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Colors of Us • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
The Feel Good Book • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Hurty Feelings • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Albert Whitman Prairie Books (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.12 1 $6.12
The OK Book • Amazon Business $5.36 1 $5.36
A Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$404.30

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.06

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$440.36

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$77.71

Total project goal

$518.07

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$518.07

5 Donors

-$449.39

Donations toward project cost

-$386.48

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$62.91

match offer

-$63.39

Match offer toward project cost

-$53.88

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$9.51

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$5.29

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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