You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

See this teacher's page

Mrs. Kirkwood from Reno NV is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Calculating Their Future

My students need a class set of basic four-function calculators to help them calculate complex algebraic equations.

  • $265 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a choice school my students come to here because they want to, not because they are zoned here. They drive, walk, and take the city bus from all over the Reno and Sparks area because they feel appreciated, heard, and like they belong here. Most of my students come from the district middle schools because they felt lost in the big school, didn’t fit in, or were bullied. My students come to my school to try something different, they stay because they love it!

My students love to be apart of a small school community.

My school serves students from daycare/preschool up till eighth grade. We have two to three classes per grade from Kindergarten to seventh grade and one eighth grade. We are a small school community which means we are a tight-knit group both with our teachers and our students. Throughout the school year we have school wide events where the older middle school students help teach the younger elementary and preschool students about various topics. This helps create that community feeling as kids advance through each grade level.

My Project

For some kids, the transition from basic math functions to algebraic expressions and equations is like learning another language. Every year I hear my students exclaim, "What are these letters doing in here?", "This is math class, not English!", "How am I supposed to know what x is?" They become frustrated, closed off, and decide they hate or are bad at math. When students use a calculator, it simplifies the arithmetic, allowing them to focus more on the new algebraic concepts. In my experience, helping them focus on only a few concepts at a time helps reduce their frustrations with math as a whole.

Using personal devices in a middle school classroom presents an obvious problem: it quickly becomes more about their phones & tablets than about the calculator.

Technology today puts a calculator on every device available, therefore, having a classroom calculator available will eliminate the temptation to use one’s personal device for non-classroom activities.

I am asking for basic four-function calculators so students can preform arithmetic calculations quickly and accurately, but the calculator cannot do all the work. Today, kids can find fraction calculators, algebraic problem calculators, apps that take a picture of a problem and immediately provide the answer, and the list goes on. By avoiding advanced calculators and apps, I can ensure that students understand their solutions while still giving them some reprieve from tedious operations.

Read More
Mrs. Kirkwood
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

1 donor1 donor has given to this project.

This project will reach 90 students.

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Kirkwood is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Texas Instruments TI-108 Display Calculator, 10-Pack • Staples Advantage $44.52 4 $178.08

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


1 Donor


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Reno","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[1581728],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"NV","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":3427165,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":90,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Kirkwood","authorIds":{"1581728":{"owner":"Mrs. Kirkwood","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3427165],"proposalHash":"1402605671","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20872595,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MTU4MTcyOA=="],"teacherId":1581728,"schoolCounty":"Washoe","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"NV","name":"Nevada"}}