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Mrs. Laura Gegg from Bloomsdale MO is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Calming for ALL!

My students need sensory tools, such as therapeutic lap pads, calming cushions, calming oil diffuser, and hand held devices to calmly express themselves in a safe manner.

  • $587 goal

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My Students

Students come from a rural area with multiple different economic and social backgrounds. However, a majority of our students come from a low economic standing and qualify for our free and reduced lunch program, with some of those students also qualifying for our weekend backpack program. Our school is small, approximately 300 students, serving students PreK-5th grade. We are a branch off of our large county-wide school district.

Our school may be small, but the students and teachers work hard to ensure success!

My students are always complimented upon by substitute teachers, visitors, and fellow parents for their exemplified manners and responsibility. My school is implementing Leader In Me, which is a leadership program geared to help our students become leaders in and out of the classroom.

As an educator, I strive to provide the best atmosphere for my students as I know, for some of them, this is their only safe place. I make it a priority to create a great bond with my students, this allows me to ensure that each of them receive what they need at school as well as at home.

My Project

My goal for this project is to help, withdrawal, and diffuse social and emotional behaviors that often follow kids to school and into their classrooms. These behaviors, at times, hinder students and their abilities to strive and be successful. Allowing students a way to display or change their behaviors in a positive and safe manner will help increase their participation in their academic engagement.

As educators, we strive to find and meet the diverse needs of ALL students, including those who simply need a way to express their social and emotional needs.

Given the tools, such as the sensory mechanisms listed in this project, these students' too can feel and display personal successes while remaining in the classroom as much as possible. Sensory tools, including calming bottles, sand timers, and liquid bubble dropping timers, allow students a way to remove themselves from an escalating situation and focus on something within a given time frame. Handheld sensory tools, such as stress balls, kinetic sand, and various different types of fidget tools will allow students to express themselves in a safe, controlled manner and to be able to retract their emotions and feelings. Weighted lap pads, oil diffuser, and calming cushions can serve as a way to help those who need that sense of a calm comforting anti-stress/anxiety to be able to focus their attention, feel safe, and be able to express themselves.

By donating to this project, you will not only help improve and increase students' attention, you will help students feel safe and calm, and you will be providing students a way to meet their social and behavioral needs, but in return we will ultimately be helping to increase their academic achievement, which will follow them throughout their lives!

Mrs. Laura Gegg
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Art Naturals Essential Oil Diffuser 100ml & Top 16 Essential Oil Set - Peppermint, Tee Tree, Rosemary, Orange, Lemongrass, Lavender, Eucalyptus, & Frankincense - Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
Calming Covers - Small Weighted Blanket - 2 1/2 to 3lb (pounds) heavy - Premium therapeutic child lap pad - for sensory, anxiety, autism, ADHD, + - lightweight for boys, girl & teens (Grey Chevron) • Amazon Business $49.00 1 $49.00
Empty HB Sensory Bottles, 350mL, Set of 6 Bottles • Amazon Business $18.95 2 $37.90
Elmer's Liquid School Glue, Clear, Washable • Amazon Business $15.41 2 $30.82
Senseez Calming Cushion for Kids - Bumpy Turtle • Amazon Business $29.73 1 $29.73
Soft Digits 120 ml Essential Oil Diffuser, Portable Ultrasonic Aromotherapy Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier with Waterless Auto Shut-off, 7 Color LED, 2 PACK in ONE Box • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
16 PACKS FIDGET TOY SETS Autistic Toys, Occupational Therapy, ADHD, Anxiety Relief Fidget Toys Set- Fidget Chain,Magic Ball Cube,Liquid Motion Timer For Kids & Adults, Fidget Stretchy String • Amazon Business $23.50 1 $23.50
STRESS BALLS FOR KIDS PACK OF 6 [3 Mesh Stress Ball + 3 Bead Balls] Tactile Sensory Squishy Stress Balls for Anxiety Autism & ADHD - Best Stress Ball & Squeeze Toys for Calming Therapy Tools in School • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Mesh Squishy Ball (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
The Original Fidget - Aqua & Silver Square Shape - Fidget Toy for Relaxing Therapy Relieves Stress and Increase Focus for Adults and Children - Stress Toy Helps with ADHD ADD Autism by Little Monkey • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Adorox 3 Piece Set Liquid Bubble Drop Motion Wheel Zig Zag Desk Toy • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Homder 12 Pack Colorful Sensory Fidget Stretch Toys Helps Reduce Fidgeting Due to Stress and Anxiety for ADD, ADHD, Autism(6 Colors) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Set of 3! Tangle Jr. Original Fidget Toy • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Glitter-8 Piece Neon Set • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Water Snake Water Wigglies, with Colorful Beads Set of 4 • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Hibery 5 Pack Monkey Stringy Balls, Soft Active Fun Toy, Sensory Fidgets Toys, Stress Balls with Rainbow Pom Ball, Colorful Bouncy Ball / Stress / Sensory Toy • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Handheld Water Game By YoYa Toys: A 2 Pack Set Of A Fish Ring Toss And A Basketball Aqua Arcade Toy In 2 Different Colors – Compact Mini Retro Pastime For Kids And Adults In A Gift Box • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
Magic Beadz - Jelly Water Beads Grow Many Times Original Size - Fun for All Ages - Gift Size - Resealable Tube • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Lily's Home Moving Sand Picture. 7 X 5 Inch Frame. Blue • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Motion Modeling Sand Play Sand for Kids by Toydaloo, 2 lb. Refill Package (Green) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Motion Sand Play Sand for Kids by Toydaloo, 2 lb. Refill Package (Blue) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Motion Sand Play Sand for Kids by Toydaloo, 2 lb. Refill Package (Purple) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
3" Party Pack Emoji Stress Balls - Stress Reliver Party Favors, Toy Balls, Party Toys (12 Pack) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Neliblu Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids - Snake Puzzles, Assorted Colors, (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Teacher Created Resources 10 Minute Sand Timers-Small (20682) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Extra Fine Glitter Set – Princess Colors – Taffy, Purple, Light Blue and Pink. Great for DIY Projects, General Crafting and Making Princess Slime • Amazon Business $5.76 1 $5.76
6 Color Glitter Glue Set 20 ml Bottles - NEON Colors - Green, Orange, Pink, Yellow, Blue, and Purple (1 Unit) • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Teacher Created Resources 5 Minute Sand Timer - Small (20662) • Amazon Business $4.48 1 $4.48

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