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Ms. Paterson from Detroit MI is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Up Queens

Help me give my students specialized products to care for their textured hair, to increase self-esteem and attendance, including gel, oil, dryers, bobby pins, and a straightener.

  • $506 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I teach at a Special Education Center High School for students ages 14-19. Our amazing program is located in Detroit, Michigan. We have three wings that serve students with Autism, Cognitive Impairments, and Severe/Multiple Impairments. We service students from the entire City of Detroit. Our school has 204 beautiful, young people with varying strengths and weaknesses. Their backgrounds are as diverse as their abilities. I have students whose parents are my colleagues and students who live in boarded up houses. Some come from two-parent homes, and some come from three different homes.

We are all unique, but we are definitely a family here.

My Project

Growing up is hard, and it's even harder when you feel different. Kids can feel different if they don't have the finances to afford the latest clothes, shoes, or hairstyles. At my school, girls will stay home if their hair isn't done, or there isn't money to purchase the items to care for it.

I would like to add a selection of hair care products to our already-existing hygiene closet to assist with hair care and the development of our young women's self esteem.

Everyone should feel confident in their appearance, and have the basic supplies that they feel they need to face the world each day! I am requesting items so that if students come to school feeling less than their best, they are able to freshen up with our help. Items include blow dryers, a straightener, hair oils, gel, paddle and edge brushes, and a multitude of accessories such as rubber bands, bows and clips and storage drawers. Our students are amazing and special inside and out and we want them to reflect that! Thank you for your contribution!

Ms. Paterson
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cantu Shea Butter Edge Stay Gel Extra Hold 2.25 Ounce (66ml) (6 Pack) • Amazon Business $23.82 2 $47.64
Kenz Laurenz Soft and Stretchy Elastic Cotton Headbands, (Pack of 12) - Black • Amazon Business $13.98 3 $41.94
Remington Hair Dryer with Ionic + Ceramic + Tourmaline Technology, Purple, D3190 • Amazon Business $19.84 2 $39.68
HSI Professional Glider | Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straightener | Straightens & Curls with Adjustable Temp | Incl Glove, Pouch, & Travel Size Argan Oil Hair Treatment | Packaging Varies • Amazon Business $36.99 1 $36.99
120 pcs Black Hair Elastic for Thick and Curly No Metal Hair Ties Value Pack (3mm) • Amazon Business $7.99 4 $31.96
MetaGrip Black Premium Bobby Pins Black • Amazon Business $10.20 3 $30.60
Diane Silver Cushion Paddle Brush, Large • Amazon Business $4.19 7 $29.33
Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Conditioning Spray Oil, 5.1 oz. (Pack of 2) • Amazon Business $8.78 3 $26.34
Yigou 7 pcs girls Shiny big Hair Elastics & Ties Chiffon Flower Hair Scrunchies Hair Bow Chiffon Ponytail Holder. best for Women or Girls thick Hair Accessories • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Sterilite ClearView 3 Storage Drawer Organizer • Amazon Business $19.49 1 $19.49
Trader Joe Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Packets (Pack of 14 Packets), Net Wt. 7.1 fl oz • Amazon Business $9.50 2 $19.00
Gejoy Pack of 2000 Mini Rubber Bands Black and White Mixing Soft Elastic Bands with Box for Kids Ponytail, Braids Hair, Wedding Hairstyle • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Big Large Hair Bows Girls 12 PCS 8" Strong Metal Alligator Clips Bow Clips Hair Accessories For Women Girls Kids • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
anezus 120 Pcs Hair Barrettes Metal Cute Snap Clips for Girls Women Kids Toddlers Baby • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Camryn's BFF Gentle Edges Brush • Amazon Business $2.39 4 $9.56

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