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Mrs. Coluccio from Jersey City NJ is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Calm Down Corner

Help me give my students a safe place inside the classroom to help them refocus themselves.

  • $720 goal

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My Students

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin

I teach 4th-grade inclusion in an inner-city school.

The students are surrounded by violence and loss, yet they come to school every day. They apply themselves in a manner to better themselves. However, there are times when being a child is confusing and they don't understand how to the elements they are exposed to. They have a hard time processing the realities that surround them and will act out. They are not given the coping mechanisms to deal with these circumstances. My students need access to materials to help develop coping skills to help them deal with the emotions that they do not understand. The ability to process their feelings in a positive manner instead of a negative one. I believe that the items that I am asking for will help my students achieve success in this area.

My Project

The items I have chosen have ways to help the children calm down when they don't know how to process the emotions that they are having. The worry plaque with help the students to give their worries away before they even walk into the classroom. I am planning on hanging that by my classroom door so the students can touch it when they come into the room. The coloring books I have asked for will help to refocus them when they are acting out.

One way to "displace nervous energy," according to mental health professional Stefanie Juliano, is to allow students to use standing desks, sit on exercise balls or even work on the floor.

She also suggests creating a quiet, serene corner by adding a beanbag chair, relaxing pictures and positive sayings.

I have tried to choose items that will create a safe, comfortable space inside our classroom in order to give my students a space to calm down and relax in order to do better work in school.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
nuLOOM ECCR15A Contemporary Pinkieprint Kids Rug, 5' Round, Multi • Amazon Business $83.16 1 $83.16
LZ LEISURE ZONE Adjustable 5-Position Folding Floor Chair Lazy Sofa Cushion Gaming Chair (Coffee) • Amazon Business $72.55 1 $72.55
GlareShade Fluorescent Light Filter Diffuser Covers (5 Pack; Blue Color). Eliminate Harsh Glare That Causes Eyestrain and Headaches at Work and School While Improving Focus and Classroom Management. • Amazon Business $33.99 2 $67.98
LZ LEISURE ZONE Adjustable 5-Position Folding Floor Chair Lazy Sofa Cushion Gaming Chair (Orange) • Amazon Business $66.41 1 $66.41
ECR4Kids The Surf Portable Lap Desk/Laptop Stand/Writing Table, Black • Amazon Business $25.00 2 $50.00
Turquoize 3/4-Inch Single Window Curtain Rod with Decrative Round Finail Window Treatment Rod Set Length Adjustable 48- Inch to 84-Inch(4884 Nickel,2 Park) • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
60 Minute Visual Analog Desktop Kid Timer Countdown Clock Optional Alert (3S/60S) Small/Big Sound Square for Classroom Meeting Kids Adults (Black Color) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Fidget Toys Set, 22 Pcs. Sensory Tools Bundle for Stress Relief and Anti-Anxiety for Kids and Adults, Marble and Mesh, Pack of Squeeze Balls, Soybean Squeeze, Flippy Chain, Liquid Motion Timer & More • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Foamily Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Insert Sham Square Form Polyester, 16" L X 16" W, Standard/White • Amazon Business $7.89 2 $15.78
The Irish Fairy Door Company Interactive Worry Plaque • Amazon Business $15.66 1 $15.66
Coloring Books for Kids Ages 4 - 8 - Arts and Crafts - Unicorn Coloring Book - Great Birthday Gift Present for Girls • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Zombies Coloring Book: Scary Designs: Black Background: Midnight Edition Zombie Coloring Pages for Everyone, Adults, Teenagers, Tweens, Older Kids, ... Practice for Stress Relief & Relaxation • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Coloring Books for Boys: Animal Designs: Detailed Animal Drawings for Older Boys & Teenagers; Zendoodle Wolves, Lions, Monkeys, Eagles, Scorpions & More • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Coloring Books For Boys: Wild Animals: Advanced Coloring Pages for Teenagers, Tweens, Older Kids & Boys, Zendoodle Animal Designs, Lions, Tigers, ... Practice for Stress Relief & Relaxation • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Coloring Books For Boys: Sharks: Advanced Coloring Pages for Tweens, Older Kids & Boys, Geometric Designs & Patterns, Underwater Ocean Theme, Surfing ... Practice for Stress Relief & Relaxation • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Robot Coloring Book: Detailed Designs: Advanced Coloring Pages for Everyone, Adults, Teens, Tweens, Older Kids, Boys, & Girls, Geometric Designs & ... Practice for Stress Relief & Relaxation • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Zombie Coloring Book: Black Background: Midnight Edition Zombie Coloring Pages for Everyone, Adults, Teenagers, Tweens, Older Kids, Boys, & Girls, ... Practice for Stress Relief & Relaxation • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Notebook Doodles Go Girl!: Coloring & Activity Book (Design Originals) 30 Inspiring Designs; Beginner-Friendly Empowering Art Activities for Tweens, on High-Quality Extra-Thick Perforated Paper • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners • Amazon Business $7.20 1 $7.20
Proud to be a Girl: A Coloring Book for Girls with Fun Inspirational Quotes to Motivate, Encourage and Build Confidence in Young Women • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Play Tailor Mermaid Sequin Pillow Case Flip Sequin Pillow Cover Reversible Sequins Throw Cushion Cover 16"x16" (Silver and Blue) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Coloring Books for Girls: Inspirational Coloring Book for Girls: A Gorgeous Coloring Book for Girls 2017 (Cute, Relaxing, Inspiring, Quotes, Color, ... Books Ages 2-4, 4-8, 9-12, Teen & Adults) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Fortnite Coloring Book: Premium Unofficial Coloring Book for Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls • Amazon Business $5.70 1 $5.70
BOOBEI Two Colors Reversible Sequins Mermaid Pillow Cases 1616" (Red and Green) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
Spiritual Magical Mandalas Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Drawings for Kids and Adults including Amazing Patterns of Relaxing Geometry (Wizard Raccoon Mandalas Coloring Books Series) • Amazon Business $4.77 1 $4.77

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