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Mrs. Scalo from Meriden CT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Calm, Cool, and Ready to Succeed!

Help me give my students tools to use in my calm down, cool down, break center in my classroom. I am requesting, stress reducing items such as stress balls and fidget tools, legos and calming coloring books.

  • $430 goal

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My Students

I teach in an urban district where the majority of our students qualify for free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch. We have regular education classrooms that include ESL students, Special Education students, and students from a variety of economic backgrounds.

Our students come to school every day ready to learn and eager to be engaged.

They put forth their best effort every day and are active participants in their own learning. We are continually looking for new ways to keep them invested in their education.

My Project

There are select classrooms in our building that have a dedicated cool down corner equipped with a cool down kit. Our students know that this area of the classroom is reserved as a safe space to take deep breaths, fidget with sensory tools, and de-escalate from stressors and conflicts. Students have a challenging time when they are preoccupied with strong emotions or overstimulated. The cool down center is a space for students to take a break from their classroom and come to self regulate. My calming or cool down corners in the classroom represent a safe place for students to go to when they feel overwhelmed with social and emotional situations. It is also used for students have a designated break time throughout that day where they come and just take a break to ensure success in their academic classroom. Cool down kits contain sensory items that need to be replaced regularly due to wear and tear.

The items I have selected will support the student as they get ready to return to learning mode.

I am also looking to set up a more calming space. Here the relaxing bubbles and fish will help set their minds at ease while sitting comfortably in their cool down chairs. In my corner there are also posters to help them identify their feelings at that particular moment. The student will also find fidgets and a choice of activities to help them cool down and be able to go back to learning. The sandboxes, legos, stress balls, and other items will be used to give them choice that fit their personal needs. Please help complete our sensory room with your donation!

Mrs. Scalo
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 Building Toys for Creative Play; Kids Creative Kit (484 Pieces) • Amazon Business $27.99 2 $55.98
LEGO Education Fantasy Minifigure Set • Amazon Business $48.95 1 $48.95
LEGO City Town People Pack – Fun at The Beach 60153 Building Kit (169 Piece) • Amazon Business $40.00 1 $40.00
LEGO City People Pack – Outdoors Adventures 60202 Building Kit (164 Pieces) • Amazon Business $31.99 1 $31.99
Crayola Fine Line Markers Adult Coloring Set, Stocking Stuffers Gift Age 12+ - 40 Count • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
YoYa Toys Liquimo Liquid Motion Bubbler Duple Wheel for Kids and Adults - Satisfying Sensory Toys for Stress and Anxiety Relief - Fidget Toy Can Be Used as a Colorful Kitchen Timer - 3 Pack • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Sensory Fidget Toys Set, 22 Pcs., Stress Relief and Anti-Anxiety Tools Bundle for Kids and Adults, Marble and Mesh, Pack of Squeeze Balls, Soybean Squeeze, Flippy Chain, Liquid Motion Timer & More • Amazon Business $18.55 1 $18.55
AmazonBasics Plastic Kitchen Storage Bins - Set of 3 • Amazon Business $17.22 1 $17.22
WATINC 20 Pack Sensory Fidget Toys Set, Kawaii Squishy, Mochi Squishies, Squeeze Ball, Mesh and Marble Toy, Stretchy String, Colorful Sensory Fidget Stretch Toy for ADHD Autism Stress Anxiety Relief • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
BESTOMZ 2 Pack Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer for Sensory Play, Colored Oil Hourglass Relaxation Toy • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Impresa Products 5-Pack of Stretchy String Fidget / Sensory Toys (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) - Stretches from 10 Inches to 8 Feet! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Simple Animal Mandala Coloring Fun For Kids: Calming Coloring Books For Children • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Digital Kitchen Timer Magnetic Loud Alarm Clock, Large LCD Screen Silent/Beeping Multi-function for Teachers Kids, Sky Blue • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Inspirational Quotes: An Adult Coloring Book with Motivational Sayings and Positive Affirmations for Confidence and Relaxation • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Pokemon Mandala Coloring Book Volume 1: For Youth and Adults, White Background, Practice for Stress Relief & Relaxation 50 Iamges (102Pages) (PokemonA) • Amazon Business $6.20 1 $6.20
50 Mandalas for Stress-Relief (Volume 1) Adult Coloring Book: Beautiful Mandalas for Stress Relief and Relaxation • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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