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Ms. Rackers from Hudson FL is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Calm Down Room

Help me give my students a place to calm themselves when they are experiencing emotional distress. Weighted blankets help our students with autism or those who have experienced trauma feel safe.

  • $391 goal

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My Students

My students are independent level high schoolers with special needs. The kids in our program are getting the unique opportunity to move around to each class like regular ed students!

Our kids have different disabilities but are operating at the independent level meaning they can work on their own with minimal assistance.

I currently teach science and I am always looking to create experiments for the kids to help illustrate real world concepts in a fun way. They enjoy being able to use the information they learn and show off their scientist skills.

My Project

Our students are often suffering from hunger, abuse, neglect, poverty etc. Some of them need a place to process their emotions and having a space that they can feel safe and comfortable in makes a huge difference. When a student explodes, it's often because they have no place to process their emotions safely.

The current room has some supplies in it, thanks to the teachers and staff donating household items however without the funding we can only do so much!

Objects that are "sensory safe" such as weighted blankets, WiggleSeat, Fidget Toys, Modeling Putty, Liquid Motion Bubblers, and weighted stuffed animals will help our kiddos come down from emotionally tumultuous situations and prevent meltdowns before they happen.

Our "calm down" room has proven to be effective and many of our ESE students (Exeptional Student Education) of varying levels (independent, supported, participatory etc.) AND some general education students have been able to express that they "just need a minute", when before they would either leave the room or engage in other maladaptive coping skills.

Ms. Rackers
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
YnM Weighted Blanket (15 lbs, 48''x72'', Twin Size) | 2.0 Heavy Blanket | 100% Cotton Material with Glass Beads. • Amazon Business $78.00 1 $78.00
Wiggle Seat - Inflatable Sensory Chair Cushion for Kids - Certified Ages 6+ - Blue • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Abilitations Teacher's Pet Weighted Lap Dog, Dot, 3-1/2 Pounds • Amazon Business $23.04 1 $23.04
Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids Bundle as 22 Pack Anxiety Stress Relief Figit Toys for Adults and Kids with ADHD - Quiet Fidgets for Classroom or Office Great Sensory Toys for Autistic Children • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Deneve Night Light Projector, Mood Lighting Lamp Trippy Ambient Color Changing LED for Baby Teens Boys Girls Starry Galaxy with Music Player • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Intelex Husky Cozy Plush, Lavender, 2 Pound • Amazon Business $19.94 1 $19.94
Kids Modeling Clay Molding Putty – Fluffy Floof Like Kinetic Magnetic Sand w/ 10 Dinosaur Molds Accessories, Play Dough Sensory Fidget Girls Boys Toys • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Learning Resources Skeleton Model • Amazon Business $16.79 1 $16.79
YoYa Toys Pull, Stretch & Squeeze Stress Balls 3 Pack - Elastic Construction Sensory Balls - Ideal for Stress & Anxiety Relief, Special Needs, Autism, Disorders & More • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
YoYa Toys Liquimo - Liquid Motion Bubbler for Kids & Adults [3-Pack] | Hourglass Liquid Bubbler/Timer for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy & Stress Management | Cool Desk Décor • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
EDsportshouse Sensory Toys Bundle-Stress Relief Fidget Hand Toys for Kids and Adults,Sensory Fidget and Squeeze Widget for Relaxing Therapy-Perfect for ADHD Anxiety Autism • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Premium Quality Therapy Putty (4 Pack, 3-oz Each) for Hand Exercise: Variable Resistance Containers for Rehab Therapy and Stress Relief by Thera FlintRehab • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Sensory Ring and Fidget Toy | Soft, Flexible Ring and Rubber Spikes | Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety| Promotes Focus and Clarity | Children, Youth, Adults Sensory Toys • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Little Monkey Calms Down (Hello Genius) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19

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