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Mrs. Holman from McKinney TX is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Calm Big Emotions!

Help me give my students calm down bags and a calm down sensory room.

  • $937 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Take a deep breath. Calm Down. Relax. Those are words my students here from me all the time. They are learning to manage their uncomfortable emotions. It can be difficult for students to learn but I am passionate about it being one of the most important life skills we can teach them in elementary school.

The students and staff at my school are amazing!

Our school is a Title 1 school located in McKinney, Texas. Around 72% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch which means they need economic support. They get fed here, we give them necessary supplies, and our teachers teach our hearts out.

However our students need other kinds of support as well. Our students need coping skills for handling big emotions and . That is why I am using my role as counselor to train the teachers to better understand and support these needs. I believe only when the student is emotionally and behaviorally supported can they learn academically at the highest level.

My Project

The students at my school are amazing! They arrive at school with teachers eager to teach and inspire them. However, some of our students are lacking skills to calm down when they are overcome with big emotions. When they are unable to cope and calm down we lose the opportunity to teach them academically. We must first regulate them before we can teach them reading, wrting, and math.

Many of our students come to school carrying within their hearts trauma from living in poverty and from other life experiences.

Although they come with minds ready to learn, their big emotions sometimes get in the way. My goal is to train teachers how to use the tools in the calm down bags to help students when they are in a state of reacting to their big emotions. Each teacher will receive a bag with items and skill cards. The skill cards, which I will make will have detailed instructions to explain how to use each item in the bag as a calm down tool.

Additionally, sometimes the students are too disruptive to stay in the classroom, so a centralized sensory room will be created to give students a break and time to regroup. This also gives the class an opportunity to regroup from witnessing a friend in the classroom have a difficult time.

When our students are calm, they can learn. When our students learn they can do anything! By providing these materials to our teachers and school, over five hundred students will benefit and learn skills that will empower them forever!

Mrs. Holman
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Weighted Blanket - 5 lbs. • Nasco $104.95 1 $104.95
50 Bulk Large Tote Bag Mega Pack - 15” x 16” Reusable Shopping Bags (Multicolor) • Amazon Business $37.99 2 $75.98
Born2Calm ADHD Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids - 10 Pack Silent Fidgets for Classroom as Sensory Toys for Autistic Children, Carry Pouch, 2 Carabiners, Bonus Paperback Story for Kids • Amazon Business $13.97 5 $69.85
Weighted Blanket Slipcover • Nasco $53.95 1 $53.95
Neliblu Why Worry? Be Happy! Neon Yellow Smile Funny Face Stress Balls - Happy Smiley Face Stress Balls Bulk Pack of 24 2" Stress Relief Smile Squeeze Balls - Christmas Stocking Stuffers - Fun Toys • Amazon Business $13.97 3 $41.91
Joyin Toy 24 Pack of Mini Animal Plush Toy Assortment (24 units 3" each) Kids Party Favors • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Rhode Island Novelty 3" Bean Bag Plush Animals Assortment | 50 Pieces • Amazon Business $36.50 1 $36.50
Weighted Gel Lap Pad - 5 Pounds Hexagon Shaped Green Color • Amazon Business $32.49 1 $32.49
In a Jar Game Set 1 • Nasco $30.95 1 $30.95
Stamina 36-Inch Folding Trampoline | Quiet and Safe Bounce | Access To Free Online Workouts Included | Supports Up To 250 Pounds • Amazon Business $30.49 1 $30.49
Bulk Lot of 2 Dozen World Stress Balls Earth Stress Relief Toys Therapeutic Educational Balls 24 Globe Squeeze 2 " Stress Balls • Amazon Business $13.97 2 $27.94
EWONDERWORLD Sunshine Yellow Development Crawl Play Tunnel w/ Safety Meshing for Child Visibility & Tote Bag • Amazon Business $13.88 2 $27.76
Rock Your Room Electric 6" Plasma Globe Glassball Light • Amazon Business $22.94 1 $22.94
4E's Novelty Pack of 4 Expandable Balls, Hand Catch Expanding Breathing Sphere Flower Ball for Kids Boys and Girls, Great Stress Relief and Anxiety Toy, Helpful Gift for ADHD Sensory Issues • Amazon Business $22.87 1 $22.87
Cactus Rainstick • Nasco $10.95 2 $21.90
LEOKON Inflatable Portable Sensory Tray or Sand Box, Kinetic Play Sand Tray, with 10000pcs Blue Water Beads and 30pcs creature water growing sea toys • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Mini Rubber Ducky Baby Bath Toy 50-Pack • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
UWANTME Ocean Water Beads Ocean Explorers Tactile Sensory Kit • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Fiber Optic Light • Nasco $11.95 1 $11.95
Hestya 50 Pieces Plastic Rainbow Pinwheel, Party Pinwheels DIY Lawn Windmill Set for Kids Toy Garden Party Lawn Decor, Assorted Color • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Rhode Island Novelty Pin Point Impressions Metal Pin Art • Amazon Business $10.70 1 $10.70
Adorox 3 Pcs/Set Liquid Bubble Drop Motion Wheel Zig Zag Desk Toy • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
MarvelBeads Water Beads Rainbow Mix (Half Pound) for Spa Refill, Sensory Toys and Décor • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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