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Mrs. Cornwell from Ronan MT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Busy Hands and Minds Learning Better

My students need hands-on materials such as kid-friendly drills, craft punches, mini erasers, and peg boards to develop their fine motor skills in creative and fun activities.

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My Students

In my school district, poverty effects almost every student. Located in rural Montana on an Indian reservation, over 80% of students qualify for free lunch and more than 50% enter Kindergarten without any prior early childhood education. Many students enter kindergarten having never written their name or even read a book. While it may seem hard to believe in this day and age, poverty directly impacts every facet of their lives and affects their ability to learn and communicate with the world around them.

I desperately need your assistance to help my students escape the barriers of poverty and provide them with the opportunities to be successful in school and life.

I have a classroom full of creative students who are eager to learn. Your donation will enable me to provide creative and engaging fine motor activities that will develop essential skills for writing, building hand and eye coordination, and teaching perseverance through practice.

My Project

These materials will be part of my classroom's Fine Motor Activities Center Time. An essential skills activity time where students participate in activities that build their fine motor skills. Many students come to school with a large deficit in their fine motor development, affecting their ability to complete even the simplest of tasks such as cutting paper or writing their name. My yearly classroom budget is less than $200, making it impossible to provide new and innovative materials for students, much less the basics. I desperately need your help to provide engaging and exciting hands on materials that can be used to develop students' fine motor skills.

Fine motor fun for all.

Having a good pincer grab is vital to good handwriting. I will be able to strengthen their pincer grasp by completing some of the following activities: lacing necklaces with noodles, beads and straws, using tweezers to pick up erasers and place them in the shape of letters and numbers, and using peg boards and paper hole punches to make creative designs. I will also be able to strengthen their upper arm muscles, also essential to writing, by using the kid friendly drills and the Spirograph Junior.

Mrs. Cornwell
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 25 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center • Amazon Business $28.89 3 $86.67
NextX Art Toy Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard Puzzle Games Early Learning Educational Toys for Boys and Girls • Amazon Business $16.99 3 $50.97
Learning Resources Handy Scoopers • Amazon Business $9.49 5 $47.45
Learning Resources Froggy Feeding Fun Activity Set, 65 Pieces • Amazon Business $15.19 3 $45.57
WorldoorMini Paper Craft Punch Card Scrapbooking Engraving Kid Cut DIY Handmade Hole Puncher for Festival Papers and Greeting Card with Random Colors and Random Cutting Shape,Set of 40 • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
BULK - Set of 12 Plastic Tweezers for Children - Fine Motor Tools, Occupational Therapy, Special Needs, Sensory Bin, Preschool Tools • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Amscan Festive Christmas Snowman and Candy Eraser Party Favour (Pack of 144), Multicolor, 6" x 5 3/4" • Amazon Business $12.87 2 $25.74
ArtBin Store-In-Drawer Cabinet, 30 Art and Craft Supply Storage Drawers, 6830PC • Amazon Business $25.64 1 $25.64
144 Pcs. Mini Easter Eraser Assortment- Approximately 5/8 Inches - 1 Inch - New • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Spirograph Junior • Amazon Business $21.97 1 $21.97
Learning Resources Magnetic Letter Construction Set • Amazon Business $20.45 1 $20.45
AINOLWAY Water Beads, 30 OZ ( 80,000 beads) Crystal Water Gel Bead For Orbeez Spa Refill, Kids Sensory Toys, Vase Filler, Home Décor, Transparent Jelly Pearls 9 Pack Water Beads • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Fun Express Mini Smile Face Erasers - 144 Pieces • Amazon Business $6.47 2 $12.94
Party Perfect Assorted Bugs and Animals Mini Eraser Mega Value Pack Favours, Rubber, 7" x 7" (Pkg. Size), Pack of 500 • Amazon Business $12.24 1 $12.24
Anpro 120 Pcs Strong Ceramic Industrial Magnets Hobby Craft Magnets-11/16 Inch (18mm) Round Magnet Disc for Refrigerator Button DIY Cup Tiny Magnet Craft Hobbies, Science Projects & School Crafts • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
US Toy - Miniature 3/4" Apple Erasers, Ages 3 Years & Up (1-Pack of 144) • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97

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