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Ms. Sutter from Indianapolis IN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Safe Space for Tough Conversations

My students need furniture and fidgets for a calm, safe space in order to process their emotions and create goals for positive growth.

  • $403 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Compared to other Indiana schools, our student population is not as diverse, with 80% identifying as Caucasian/White. Our students speak a multitude of languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Bengali.

Our students come from a variety of different economic backgrounds with around 40% of our students receiving free or reduced lunch.

The general population of the surrounding area classify as middle class.

20% of all students are enrolled in the Gifted & Talented Program, which is larger than the median across all reported middle schools in Indiana (14%).

My Project

The fidgets will help my students reduce heightened stages of negative emotions, such as stress, sadness, fear, or anger. Most students come into my office in an emotional state that interferes with the counseling process, and it is my job to calm them down in order for them to make steps of improvement and get them ready to learn. Without fidgets, it takes longer to eliminate these overwhelming emotions.

The social-emotional learning games are for building relationships in both individual counseling and peer group counseling settings.

Building connections can be difficult - especially in middle school. These games will be used for ice breakers and to bond over similar experiences.

The chalkboard, chalkboard markers, and lamps are for creating a welcoming environment in my office for students to feel comfortable sharing their stories. Chalkboards are fun, interactive tools for adolescents to communicate with each other. The harsh ceiling lights that are installed in my office can be overwhelming; a few lamps create a dim lighting which provide a calming area and limit sensory overload.

Lastly, the greeting cards are to help build relationships among students, teachers, administrators, and parents. I know the importance of a kind note during big "life moments." I want to use this year to increase my intentional acts of kindness with those around me. These can be used to notice the academic growth in students or the teachers that go above and beyond for their students. Taking the time to send these greeting cards throughout the year will help both my personal growth and professional development as a school counselor.

Ms. Sutter
Grades 6-8
  • Franklin Township Middle School-West
  • Indianapolis, IN
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 475 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Torched Wood Vertical Frame Chalkboard, Wall Mount Erasable Message Board, MyGift • Amazon Business $29.98 1 $29.98
Open Spaces, LLC Totika Self Esteem Game With 48 Question Card Deck - A Game of Fun, Skill and Communication • Amazon Business $29.96 1 $29.96
Simple Designs Incandescent Floor Lamp, Black (LF1011-BLK) • Quill.com $24.99 1 $24.99
Totem - The feel good game - Ease communications at the Heart Level - An Opportunity to Build Stronger bonds [Perfect for Team building at work, counseling, family, friends, adults and child] • Amazon Business $23.95 1 $23.95
Cards for Calm A game of mindfulness to combat anxiety and negative thinking • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
Impresa Products 6-Pack of Stress Relief Balls - Tear-Resistant Stress Ball, Non-toxic, BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free (Colors as Shown) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
LetzTalk Conversation Starter and Question Cards - Builds Self-Esteem and Confidence in Teens • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
CBT 123: The Hilariously Fun Game that Empowers Kids and Teens to Take Charge of Their Thoughts, Actions, and Emotions • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Chalk Markers for Chalkboard by VersaChalk (Reversible Tip, Neon) - Erasable Dustless Water-Based Non-Toxic Liquid Wet Erase Pens • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Tangle Set of 3 Jr. Original Fidget Toy • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
All the Rages Simple Designs LT2009-GRN Oval Ceramic Table Lamp, Green • Quill.com $13.19 1 $13.19
48 Pack All Occasion Assorted Blank Note Cards Greeting Card Bulk Box Set - Shades of Blue Floral Foliage Designs - Notecards with Envelopes Included 4 x 6 inches • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
DNA Squishy Stress Ball (4-Pack) Squeeze, Color Sensory Toy | Relieve Tension, Anxiety, ADHD | Home, Travel and Office Use | Fun for Kids and Adults • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
36 Assorted Pack Thinking of You Note Cards - Bulk Box Set - Blank on the Inside - 6 Colorful Doodle Designs - Includes 36 Greeting Cards and Envelopes - 4 x 6 Inches • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Abilitations Fidget Finger Squash It, Multicolor, Set of 6 • Amazon Business $10.71 1 $10.71
Cevinee Extra Strong Fidget Toys (12 pack / 6 color) Sensory Fidgets - Release Anxiety and Stress, Improve Concentration - #1 ADHD Therapist Recommended for Kids and Adults • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
5-Pack of Stretchy String Fidget / Sensory Toys (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) - Stretches from 10 Inches to 8 Feet! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Thank You Postcards - 72-Count Thank You Note Cards, Bulk All Occasion Thank You Greeting Cards Set, Floral Festival Designs, 4 x 6 Inches • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Neliblu Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids - Snake Puzzles, Assorted Colors, (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17

Materials cost

$307.40

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.61

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$342.01

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$60.35

Total project goal

$402.36

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$402.36

7 Donors

-$349.19

Donations toward project cost

-$312.26

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$36.93

match offer

-$35.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$29.75

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$5.25

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$18.17

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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