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Ms. Zangrilli from Brooklyn NY is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

But I'm THIRSTY and Other Excuses You Hear in Middle School

The cost of 50 cases of 24 169 oz. bottles of water from Office Depot is $451, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $467 goal

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I teach 7th and 8th grade literacy in a severely under-resourced middle school in Brooklyn, New York. More than 80% of students qualify for free lunch. The unfortunate reality of teaching in an under-resourced neighborhood is that many of my students come to school without the adequate nutrition and hydration necessary for prolonged and rigorous learning. Many students come to school without breakfast, or, instead rely on soda to fuel them until lunch. Obviously, students are not getting the nourishment necessary for success, but they are also coming to school severely dehydrated. Their dehydration results in headaches, the inability to concentrate in class and a general ill feeling which often removes them from my class. Many students are not aware that their "sick" feelings result from a lack of water and therefore ask to be excused to the nurse, rather than to the water fountain. Throughout the years I have tried to educate my students on the value of water. I advocate water as "brain food" and allow them to leave the class to get a drink of water from the fountain. However, this poses two problems: 1. My students leave class, therefore missing out on valuable learning and 2. The water fountains are often clogged with trash or the water is undrinkable. Therefore I am requesting bottled water for my students to have available to them throughout the year. With your help I will be able to explicitly teach my students about the necessity of proper hydration as well as provide them with one more tool essential to their success. With so many obstacles facing urban education, something as simple as water should not stand in their way. Please help me lead them on the road to proper nutrition and self-care. Please help me foster a classroom of achievement. Please help me, help them.

Ms. Zangrilli
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Spring Water, 169 Oz Bottles, Case Of 24 • Office Depot Inc. $6.47 50 $323.50

Materials cost

$323.50

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

3rd party payment processing fee

Fulfillment labor & materials

Total project cost

$382.33

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$83.93

Total project goal

$466.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$466.26

2 Donors

-$432.18

Donations toward project cost

-$383.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$49.18

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$34.89

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$0.00

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