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Ms. Westefeld from New Haven CT is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Career's Closet

Help me give my students the opportunity to have their very basic needs meet in order to more fully engage in their academics.

  • $754 goal

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My Students

We are a magnet high school in New Haven, CT that serves the city, as well as the suburbs surrounding it. Our students choose to come to our school to study either business or allied health. All students qualify for free lunch and often receive fee waivers for standardized testing.

Our students are some of the most interesting and driven kids you will ever meet.

Many travel over an hour to attend our school and take advantage of the opportunities we offer. Still others come to school despite a number of challenges they face outside of school.

My Project

Often times students struggle to attend school when their very basic needs can't be met at home. To date, 70% of the students at Career qualify for our free lunch program meaning their families struggle financially. If a family is unable to meet the basic needs of their children this can lead to a multitude of other challenges including difficulty engaging in or even focusing on academics, feelings of embarrassment, anxiety or other emotional difficulties.

Donating to my project will provide students with some basic needs and essential items, reducing an area of stress and ultimately increasing their attendance and engagement in their academics.

I have included, in this project, basic winter accessories as well as toiletries. On a daily basis students are asking staff they trust for assistance in providing these items. If they know there is a centralized location where they can, with no questions asked, have access to these items we may be able to reach even more students in need.

As a social worker I see first hand how non-academic difficulties can impact a student's achievement. Not only will this project help to satisfy their need for personal care, it will also remind them they are part of a school community that cares.

Ms. Westefeld
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sauder 420063 Miscellaneous Storage Cabinet L: 40.00" x W: 19.45" x H: 71.10" Highland Oak • Amazon Business $245.42 1 $245.42
Winter Neck Gaiter, 12 Pack, Fleece Lined Interior Warm Cold Weather Scarf Wrap Gift, Mens or Womens Bulk (12 Pack Assorted Solids) • Amazon Business $36.99 2 $73.98
Yacht & Smith Mens Womens Warm Winter Hats in Assorted Colors, Mens Womens Unisex (12 Packs Black) • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Degree Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick Cool Rush 0.5 Ounce Case of 36 • Amazon Business $38.99 1 $38.99
Degree Women Dry Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant, Shower Clean, 0.5 oz (Pack of 36) • Amazon Business $34.40 1 $34.40
12 Pairs of Winter Fleece Gloves, Unisex, Soft Warm Cozy Sports Glove, Mens or Womens (Womens Assorted) • Amazon Business $31.99 1 $31.99
[FINGRR] Smart Fingerprint Padlock w/Biometric Security PDL-1 | Quick Lock and Unlock System | Stores 10 Prints | Compact, Lightweight, IP65 Waterproof | Indoor, Outdoor Use (Pink Gold) • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Touch Screen Winter Gloves, 12 Pairs Soft Stretchy and Warm Bulk Pack Glove, Mens and Womens (Assorted) • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Hangorize 60 Standard Everyday White Plastic Hangers, Long Lasting Tubular Clothes Hangers, Value Pack of 60 Clothing Hangers. (60 Pack) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Sorbus Storage Large Basket Set [3-Pack] - 15 L x 10 W x 9 H - Big Rectangular Fabric Collapsible Organizer Bin Carry Handles Linens, Towels, Toys, Clothes, Kids Room, Nursery (Brown/Tan) • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer, 1 Ounce (Pack of 24) • Amazon Business $18.51 1 $18.51
24 Pack Nature’s Bees Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Tubes Moisturizer All Natural Chap Treatment • Amazon Business $16.38 1 $16.38

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