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Mrs. Hershner from Orlando FL is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Caring for Our Exceptional Colts

Help me give my students a sensory room that will provide them with the input they need to calm and focus themselves to be better prepared for learning.

  • $986 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school has a population of over 770 students, 100% of which receive free breakfast, lunch, and a snack before they go home each day. Amongst those students are over 50 children with exceptionalities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities and other health impairments. Although we are located in the vacation capital of the world, the majority of our students face poverty that many people can’t imagine or will ever experience. Our students have faced violence in their community, trauma, hunger, and even homelessness.

"I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be” - Fred Rogers.

Our school is a place of refuge for our students, and we feel privileged to welcome them through our doors each day. The combination of their exceptionalities and experiences can make coping with the school environment very difficult. We know that the opportunity to experience a sensory room would be highly beneficial for the academic and behavioral growth of our students.

My Project

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” - Fred Rogers

A sensory room is a designated area within a school where a student may receive or exclude sensory input and work on self-regulating behavior.

Sensory rooms contain equipment that assists students with focusing on the present moment so that they can better process sensory information. These items might include special lighting, seating, calming sounds and fidget toys that target different senses, and help students regroup and focus on their communication skills, rather than any outside stressors.

The sensory room we are hoping to create at our elementary school will help our students build skills that will promote self-organization and positive change. Our students mean the world to us, and we thoroughly appreciate your consideration of this project!

Mrs. Hershner
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
wolfyok Exercise Trampoline with Safety Pad Adjustable Handle Bar Portable & Foldable Rebounder for Adults Kids Body Fitness Training Workout Max Load 220 lbs • Amazon Business $65.99 2 $131.98
Jaxx Bean Bags Cocoon Junior Kids Bean Bag, 4-Feet, Blueberry Microsuede • Amazon Business $114.99 1 $114.99
Sensory Lamp Gifts for Kids Women Men-3.9 ft Tall LED Bubble Tube with Remote Control, Night Mood Light Aquarium, for Kids Bedroom, Sensory Room, Living Room • Amazon Business $109.90 1 $109.90
ECR4Kids SoftZone Foam Big Building Blocks, Soft Play for Kids, Phthalate-Free Big Blocks, Primary Preschool Learning Toys, Toddler Learning Toys, Baby Learning Toys, Stacking Blocks, 7-Piece Set • Amazon Business $79.99 1 $79.99
JumpOff Jo Rocksteady Balance Stepping Stones for Kids - Set of 6 Balance Blocks (3 Sizes Included, 2 Small, 2 Large, 2 Extra Large) - Promotes Balance & Coordination • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Bluetooth Ocean Wave Projector Lamp with 7 Color Mode and 8 Built-in Music, Remote Control LED Projector Night Lights - Perfect Gift for Baby, Kids and Children [ UL Listed Wall Adapter Included ] • Amazon Business $29.99 2 $59.98
BalanceFrom 2" Thick Tri-Fold Folding Exercise Mat with Carrying Handles for MMA, Gymnastics and Home Gym Protective Flooring (Blue) • Amazon Business $33.99 1 $33.99
BalanceFrom 2" Thick Tri-Fold Folding Exercise Mat with Carrying Handles for MMA, Gymnastics and Home Gym Protective Flooring (Purple) • Amazon Business $33.99 1 $33.99
BalanceFrom 2" Thick Tri-Fold Folding Exercise Mat with Carrying Handles for MMA, Gymnastics and Home Gym Protective Flooring (Pink) • Amazon Business $33.99 1 $33.99
MOLUK Bilibo Green • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Milliard Peanut Ball Variety Pack - Approximate Sizes: Green 39x20 inch (100x50cm) and Blue 31x15 inch (80x40cm) Physio Roll • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
MOLUK Bilibo - Light Blue • Amazon Business $29.64 1 $29.64
Yes4All Wobble Balance Board/Round Wobble Board – 16.34 inch Plastic Balance Board for Rehabilitation Exercise & Core Strength Training (Blue/Gray) • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
BESTOMZ 4 Pack Liquid Motion Timer Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidgeting, Captivating Distraction • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99

Materials cost

$795.40

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.93

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$837.33

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$147.76

Total project goal

$985.09

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$985.09

11 Donors

-$483.54

Donations toward project cost

-$420.54

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$63.00

match offer

-$490.34

Match offer toward project cost

-$416.79

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$73.55

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$11.21

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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