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Mrs. Verastegui from Elgin IL is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building From Within!

Help me give my students games and self-esteem tools to build them up.

  • $909 goal

This project expired on September 1, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work with a lot of English Language Learners who have limited time because they also have to work in order to help their families. Many of my students come to school with a minimum of school supplies. Very few have books to read at home. Their self-esteem is usually shot by the time they get to me. Many have become discouraged about learning and opportunities available to them. I see many taking on adult roles, such as parenting younger siblings, become care-takers for parents, being the source of income for a family, and so on. I find that many have been disappointed by the adults in their lives.

My Project

I want students to know that learning can be fun again. I want students to walk into a room and see color and creativity. I want them to enjoy looking around the room. I want them to know that school doesn't have to stop being creative and fun. I want to print out pictures of activities throughout the year of what they are accomplishing. I want to make decorations and create boards around my classroom that inspire them and highlight their achievements. I want to build up their self-esteem again. I want them to be teenagers, even though many are taking on adult responsibilities.

I chose items that would make classes fun again.

I have included items to promote a more interactive learning environment. I have supplies that will help me create and acknowledge my students' strengths. I want to build my students up again. I want to implore the motto "I Don't Quit!" I think presentation is everything. I want to make sure my classroom screams: "I care about you! I will try my best but I need you to try your best!" I want them to know that I am the adult and they are allowed to be kids.

Mrs. Verastegui
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
33795-2022 - Cricut Explore Air 2 • Blick Art Materials $239.99 1 $239.99
HP - Sprocket Plus Photo Printer - White • Best Buy Education $149.95 1 $149.95
Learning Resources Answer Buzzers, Set of 4 • $16.39 4 $65.56
beFree Sound BFS-3000 8 Inch Bluetooth Portable Party Speaker Black • $55.99 1 $55.99
63318-1009 - Cricut Tools and Basic Trimmer Set • Blick Art Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
Learning Resources Time Tracker Visual Timer & Clock • $30.59 1 $30.59
60970-1112 - Create-A-Puzzle Kits - Small Piece Puzzles, Pkg of 12 • Blick Art Materials $5.70 5 $28.50
BeFree Sound BFS-165 Bluetooth Wireless Multimedia LED Dancing Water Speakers Black • $24.99 1 $24.99
01366-1029 - Cricut Pen Set - Everyday Set of 10 • Blick Art Materials $15.99 1 $15.99
63316-1014 - Cricut Cutting Mats - StrongGrip, 12" x 12", Pkg of 2 • Blick Art Materials $13.16 1 $13.16
01366-9019 - Cricut Pen Set - Gold, Multi Tip Set • Blick Art Materials $11.99 1 $11.99
63316-1012 - Cricut Cutting Mats - StandardGrip, 12" x 12", Pkg of 2 • Blick Art Materials $11.47 1 $11.47
Crayola Adult Coloring Colored Pencils, 50/Pack (680050) • $11.47 1 $11.47
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $10.48 1 $10.48
Wells St. by Lang Bohemian Designs Adult Coloring Book • $8.75 1 $8.75
Lysol Disinfectant Spray, Early Morning Breeze, 12 Oz., Aerosol Can (RAC80833EA) • $6.20 1 $6.20
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Fresh Scent, 75 Wipes/Canister (15949) • $5.79 1 $5.79

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