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Mrs. Hamlin Wortman from Paso Robles CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Learning Center to Support Diverse Needs

Help me give my students dry erase boards, Model Magic, crayons, and fidgety feet bands (among other items) to support diverse needs in the Learning Center!

  • $1,998 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a special education teacher serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade, it is important to me that these students have a variety of tools that will help them to be successful. These students range not only in age but also in learning styles, so it is important that they have options in the classroom. Some students have fine and gross motor learning deficits and have greater success while using an alternative seating arrangements, such as sitting on the floor or using wobble stools. We also focus on whole student learning so it is important that we help to foster healthy peer relationships, self esteem, and self monitoring skills. Many students also struggle with sensory processing disorders and require alternative activities or materials to help them achieve success during the school day.

Around 48% of students at our school are English Language Learners and 72% receive free or reduced-price lunch.

Our school values outdoor learning such as keeping a school garden that all students tend to. With seven special education classes ranging from learning centers to severely handicapped to medically fragile, it is important that these students have access to appropriate educational tools that best fit their individual needs.

My Project

Building a learning center for students with a variety of unique disabilities and challenges requires a plethora of materials and teaching tools. Many students in the learning center struggle with social skills, flexible thinking, and building connections. I am asking for games such as Spot It, Guess Who, and puzzles for students to engage in. Completing art projects can be a specifically uncomfortable time for many students with special needs, which is why it is important that students have the opportunity to practice and learn in the learning center when direct support is available. Items such as clay, pipe cleaners, paints, and coloring supplies are all ways to better engage students!

Group games, puzzles, and projects can help these students to build social connections with peers and also gives us the opportunity to teach good sportsmanship and persistence during the school day.

Students enjoy having a structured time to build those skills and healthy relationships with other students, which can later transfer out of the classroom onto the playground or into their daily life. Developing these skills can help build up students to leave school ready to be a collaborative and positive member of our community.

Mrs. Hamlin Wortman
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Heavy-Duty Kids' Headphone w/Tangle-Free Fabric Cord • Amazon Business $99.23 1 $99.23
Fidgety Feet Band by Calm Focused (2 pack) - Kick or Push Bands to Soothe ADHD & Bouncy Feet or Wiggle Seat - Alternative Seating in Classrooms with these Special Education Supplies • Amazon Business $12.99 6 $77.94
Crayola Model Magic Bulk, Clay Alternative, 75 Count Classpack, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $36.63 2 $73.26
Crayola Broad Line Markers Bulk, 256 Count Classpack • Amazon Business $51.79 1 $51.79
IRIS TB-28 Stack and Pull Box, 31.75 Quart, Clear with Black Handle, 6 Pack • Amazon Business $47.98 1 $47.98
Crayola BIN528016 Crayon Classpack, Reg Size, 16 Colors, Pack of 800 • Amazon Business $44.45 1 $44.45
Bulk Water Color Paint Party Pack - Jumbo Set of 38 - Oval • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
Dry Erase Lapboards | 9 x 12 inch Large Whiteboard | Pack of 25 White Board Set | Great for Teachers, Students, Children, Classroom | Reusable, Durable, Portable, Single Sided Whiteboard (25 Pack) • Amazon Business $34.95 1 $34.95
Crayola BIN8024 Colored Pencil Classpack, 12 Colors, 240 Count • Amazon Business $34.79 1 $34.79
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack - Fresh Scent and Citrus Blend - 3 Canisters - 75 Wipes each • Amazon Business $10.64 3 $31.92
Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes, 3 Planes • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
120 Pieces Magnetic Tiles set Magnetic Blocks Building Toys Tiles for Kids by Olive • Amazon Business $28.00 1 $28.00
Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues 130 Count (Pack of 8), Disposable Facial Tissues, Gentle and Durable, 3-Ply Thickness, Designs May Vary • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, 80s Glam Colors, 24 Pack • Amazon Business $27.79 1 $27.79
IRIS 12 Quart Stack & Pull Box, 6 Pack • Amazon Business $27.65 1 $27.65
Crayola Bulk Paint Brushes, 36ct Classpack, Brush Set, Great for Kids • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Marble Run Track Toy Set – Translucent Marble Maze Race Game Set By Marble Galaxy – Fun Educational STEM Building Construction Toys For Kids - 90 Sturdy Colorful Marbulous Pcs & Glass Marbles • Amazon Business $24.82 1 $24.82
White Cardstock Paper 4"x6", 500 Sheets (Economy Pack), 80lb Cover (220gsm), Blank • Amazon Business $24.49 1 $24.49
Elongdi Sensory Fidget Toys Set [ 21 Pack ] Bundle Sensory Toys Set - Fidget Pad/Mochi Toys/Squeeze-a-Bean/Magic Ball/Stretchy Strings/Bike Chain/Mesh Marble/Squeeze Toys/Fluffy Slime • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Kidsco 12-Pack Large Galvanized Metal Buckets With Handle 5" X 4 1/2 - Unique Goody Baskets, Great For Party Favors, Party Accessories And Decoration - By • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Dear Deer 24 Colors Magic Modeling Clay Ultra Light Air Dry Clay DIY Clay Craft Kit with Tools for Kids • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Peaceable Kingdom Dinosaur Escape Award Winning Cooperative Game of Logic and Luck for Kids • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Kekow 6 Quart Clear Storage Latch Box, 4-pack • Amazon Business $21.66 1 $21.66
Holiday toy Marble Run Set 105Pcs Marble Race Track for Kids with Glass Marbles Construction Building Blocks STEM for 4+ Kids • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Peaceable Kingdom Feed the Woozle Preschool Skills Builder Game • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Pacon Card Stock, Colorful Jumbo Assortment, 10 Colors, 8-1/2" x 11", 250 Sheets • Amazon Business $19.98 1 $19.98
Klutz Lego Gadgets Activity Kit • Amazon Business $19.77 1 $19.77
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit • Amazon Business $18.36 1 $18.36
Mudpuppy Map of The United States Geography Puzzle (70 Piece) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Ceaco 10-in-1 Multi Pack Animals Puzzle (100 Piece) • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97
Super Mario Brothers Action Figures Set (18 Piece) • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
LEGO Technic BASH! 42073 Building Kit (139 Piece) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 60 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock Paper • Amazon Business $15.04 1 $15.04
ETA hand2mind 12-inch Rainbow Plastic Safe-T Rulers (Pack of 24) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Ceaco 4-in-1 Multi-Pack Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams Collection Jigsaw Puzzle ( 500 Pieces ) • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Ceaco Dino Glow In The Dark TRex Puzzle (100 Piece) • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
Polymer Clay, Oven Bake Clay 36 Colors Modeling Clay Starter kit, Safe and Nontoxic Soft DIY with Tools and Accessorie • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
iPlay, iLearn Kids Wooden World Map Jigsaw Puzzle Toy, Jumbo Floor Puzzle w/Continents, Oceans & Animals, Educational Geography Gift for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Years Old Boys, Girls, Toddlers & Children • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
YoYa Toys Pull, Stretch & Squeeze Stress Balls by 3 Pack - Elastic Construction Sensory Balls - Ideal For Stress & Anxiety Relief, Special Needs, Autism, Disorders & More • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
Hungry Hungry Hippos • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Ravensburger Land of The Giants - 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids – Every Piece is Unique, Pieces Fit Together Perfectly • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
HedBanz Game - Edition may vary • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet Go Fish Letter Matching Card Game - 52 Cards with Box • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Melissa & Doug Underwater Ocean Floor Puzzle (48 pcs, 2 x 3 feet) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Candy Land The World of Sweets Game (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
ALEX Active Monkey Balance Board • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
Mudpuppy Rainforest Glow in The Dark Puzzle (100 Piece) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Pacon PAC6555 Lightweight Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 500 Sheets • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Hasbro Battleship Game • Amazon Business $11.92 1 $11.92
Ravensburger Beautiful Ocean 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids – Every Piece is Unique, Pieces Fit Together Perfectly • Amazon Business $11.62 1 $11.62
Spot It! • Amazon Business $11.44 1 $11.44
Rubber Crystal Grape Ball Hand Wrist Squeeze Toy Stress Autism Mood Relief(4 Pack) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Click n' Play Foam Pogo Jumper - Makes Squeaky Sounds with Flashes LED Lights • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Wonder Forge Good Dinosaur Roarin' River Board Game • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Sharpie 1949557 Color Burst Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count • Amazon Business $10.74 1 $10.74
Expo Dry Erase Marker (1974662) • Amazon Business $10.12 1 $10.12
KeNeer 7Pack Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys - Relieve Stress, and Increase Patience - Build Resistance Squeeze, Pull - Good for kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
KeNeer 7Pack Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys - Relieve Stress, and Increase Patience - Build Resistance Squeeze, Pull - Good for kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Yueqi Educational Toy For Kids Connect 4 Board Games • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
PlayMonster Yeti in My Spaghetti • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Hasbro Guess Who? Classic Game • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Teacher Created Resources (5609) Confetti Straight Border Trim • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
Caydo 600 Pieces Pipe Cleaners Set, Including 120 Pieces 12 Colors Pipe Cleaners, 360 Pieces 6 Size Pom Poms and 120 Pieces 4 Size Wiggle Googly Eyes for Craft DIY Art Supplies • Amazon Business $9.68 1 $9.68
EXPO 1927526 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Vibrant Colors, 16-Count • Amazon Business $9.28 1 $9.28
Hasbro Sorry! Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
Asmodee Spot it: Finding Dory • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
EXPO 86603 Low Odor Dry Erase Marker, Fine Point, Assorted, Pack of 12 • Amazon Business $8.26 1 $8.26
SunsOut Animal Magic 100 pc Jigsaw Puzzle • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Rory's Story Cubes • Amazon Business $7.73 1 $7.73
Sharpie 1829201 Metallic Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 6-Count • Amazon Business $7.63 1 $7.63
Pencil Top Eraser Caps Chisel Shape Pencil Eraser Toppers Assorted Colors in Bulk 150 Pieces • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Canon LS-82Z Handheld Calculator • Amazon Business $6.82 1 $6.82
UNO Super Mario Card Game • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97
Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers, Large, 12 Count • Amazon Business $5.36 1 $5.36
BIC Xtra-Sparkle Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7 mm), 24-Count • Amazon Business $3.56 1 $3.56

Materials cost

$1,507.33

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$137.92

3rd party payment processing fee

$22.61

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,697.86

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$299.62

Total project goal

$1,997.48

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,997.48

1 Donor

-$1,997.48

Donations toward project cost

-$1,697.86

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$299.62

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$0.00

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