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Mrs. Cosans from Richmond VA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cashing in at the Carnival!

Help me give my students a carnival room transformation that will teach valuable financial skills while preparing them for state testing!

  • $235 goal

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My Students

Within my school, almost 90% of students live in poverty. While the school has initiatives that provide students with free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and weekend food bags, many students are unable to come to school with supplies and spend time in classrooms that are not fully equipped with necessary materials.

My fourth graders are resilient individuals who face many challenges when they leave school; although there are a variety of trials in the world, our classroom is a place of solace and success.

Fourth grade is a time where students have deep, clear feelings about school and the world around them - and they let those feelings be known! They are learners who dive into rigorous academic content and require a comfortable, predictable learning environment.

Every student deserves a quality education, and my fourth graders are no exception. They are kind, capable learners who amaze me by what they accomplish daily and throughout the school year.

My students deserve a classroom environment equipped with adequate materials that help them receive a quality education.

My Project

End of year testing is quickly approaching! Test prep at my school begins only a few short weeks from now, and students are gearing up to take state tests in Math, Language Arts, and Virginia Studies.

This classroom carnival will not only refresh my students' knowledge for the upcoming state tests, but also instill valuable financial skills, like saving for items you really want - all while having a blast!

This classroom carnival would be an absolute game-changer for my students. We have a lot of work to do in the next month before testing, but I want to remind my students through this carnival that they absolutely can do it, all while having fun! As students complete review work, they will be recognized with blue carnival tickets for effort, effective time management, teamwork, and usage of test-taking strategies which they can use as "entry" for carnival games. For effort that goes above-and-beyond, students will be awarded with the "golden" (yellow) tickets, which are worth TWO tickets each! At the end of each day, carnival games and prize booth will be open for students to spend their hard-earned tickets!

The flags, tablecloths, and carnival signs will help with the room setup to achieve a carnival atmosphere. A variety of prizes will get students excited about their tickets! As students attend the carnival, there will be valuable financial lessons/discussions that will present themselves - the students' "salaries" will be tickets, and they will have to decide the best use for their salary - is it carnival activities? Is a certain prize worth saving up for? Students will explore these ideas all while having a blast at our carnival!

Mrs. Cosans
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hokic 3 in 1 Carnival Games Set, Soft Plastic Cones Set Bean Bag Ring Toss Games for Kids Birthday Carnival Party Outdoor Games Supplies • Amazon Business $23.69 1 $23.69
Bulk 24 Pack Speed Magic Puzzle Cubes • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5" x 11", 24 lb/89 gsm,"Joy" 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets (91414) • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Kicko Small Barrel of Slime - 24 Pack Assorted Colors - Container 2 Inches - for Kids Boys and Girls, Party Favor, Fun, Toy, Novelty, Gift, Prize • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
250pcs Multicolor Pennant Flags,LOOBJOYGAME 263Ft Nylon Fabric Decorations Grand Opening Banner Rope • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
JOYIN Toy 72 PCs Slap Bracelets Valentines Day Party Favors Pack (24 Designs) with Colorful Hearts Animal Emoji and Unicorn for Valentines Gift and Classroom Exchange • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
48 Bulk Pack Colorful Building Block Brick Party Favor Supplies Theme Decorations 12 Pencils 12 Mini Notepads 24 Erasers for Kids Girls Boys Teens Children Birthday Carnival Teacher Classroom Rewards • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
JOYIN 12 Pack Deluxe Feather Boa Marabou Pens Set Girls Party Favor • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
COOLOO Attached Photo Booth Props, Party Favors for Wedding Birthday Carnival Bachelorette Dress-up Acessories 36 Pcs, Costume with Mustache, Glasses, Cat, Clown, Bowler, Bowties on Plastic Sticks • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
20 Pcs Bouncing Bouncy Balls Bulk Set, Assorted Colorful Neon Mixed Pattern Designs for Kids Playtime, Party Favors, Prizes, Birthdays & More, 1.25 Inches • Amazon Business $8.66 1 $8.66
Indiana Ticket Company Smile Ticket Roll, Yellow • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
2000 Blue Smile Single Roll Consecutively Numbered Raffle Tickets • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Fun Express Plastic Carnival Banner • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
Carnival King Paper Popcorn Bags, 1 Ounce, Red and White, 100 Piece • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29

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