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Mrs. Rennecker from Barry IL is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cat Cabin

My students need sensory equipment and furniture for a dedicated room when they need a peaceful place to go to deal with anxiety, frustrations, and outbursts.

  • $690 goal

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My Students

Our Elementary and Junior High School students are wonderful. They have the ability to be high achievers, but the reality is that they face barriers that might derail their academic progress. Our students are about 70 percent free and reduced-price lunch rate. Mobility and poverty rates are high. The average household income for our area is about $39,055. Trauma is an everyday occurrence for many of our students. Trauma can alter brain development and cause learning issues, problems focusing, and poor social skills and conflict resolution.

Our students have great potential, but we realize the need to refocus our elementary school as a trauma-informed school.

We want to turn away from punitive methods for acting out behavior and work on relationship building, conflict resolution, diffusion of angry outbursts, and use more multi-sensory approaches to help our children to cope.

My Project

The Cat Cabin will be used at both the elementary school and the junior high school to help our students cope with conflict and angry outbursts that negatively affect their education. The trauma our students have experienced can effect that brain chemistry in a negative way. Some of our students need to be taught self-regulation, how to cope with anxiety, calming techniques, and self-regulation. This room will be a less visually stimulating area that will be calming and the sensory objects will help keep the student's mind off of the current conflict he or she is experiencing.

The alternative seating, dim lighting, soft music, and sensory items have the ability to help educators short-circuit the areas of the brain that are sending "angry" messages and move our students to a calmer and peaceful place so they are able to return to the classroom.

Using a peaceful room with sensory objects we will be able to take a student out of an environment that may be triggering negative behavior and let them calm down in the sensory spot.

Mrs. Rennecker
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Intex Inflatable Ultra Lounge with Ottoman • Amazon Business $23.74 4 $94.96
Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair - Classic Children's Stability Ball Chair, Child Classroom Desk Seating, Green • Amazon Business $46.81 2 $93.62
Edushape 9 Piece Sensory Ball • Amazon Business $42.96 2 $85.92
Unique Loom Solid Shag Collection Cloud Gray 5 x 8 Area Rug (5' x 8') • Amazon Business $62.77 1 $62.77
14 Pack Bundle Sensory Toys-Fidget Cube/Bike Chain/Liquid Motion Timer/Rainbow Magic Balls/Twisted Fidget Toys/Mesh And Marble Toy/Soybeans Squeeze Grape Ball/Stretch Toy for ADD ADHD Stress Relax • Amazon Business $22.99 2 $45.98
Small Boy Portable Kids Cotton Canvas Teepee Indina Play Tent Playhouse, Class White One Window Style • Amazon Business $38.88 1 $38.88
TAG Inflatable Lounger - Seconds to Inflate, Puncture Resistant with Securing Stake, 3 Pockets & Pillow Headrest - Air Lounger Pouch Couch is Perfect for Camping, Beach, Park or Pool • Amazon Business $36.95 1 $36.95
OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker : Louder Volume 10W Power, More Bass, IPX5 Water Resistant, Perfect Wireless Speaker for Home Travel Beach Shower Splashproof, by Cambridge SoundWorks (Black) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker : Louder Volume 10W Power, More Bass, IPX5 Water Resistant, Perfect Wireless Speaker for Home Travel Beach Shower Splashproof, by Cambridge SoundWorks (Black) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Inflatable Lounger With Travel Bag, Perfect for Indoor or Outdoor Hangout (BLACK) (Black) • Amazon Business $24.88 1 $24.88
Intex Quick-Fill AC Electric Air Pump, 110-120 Volt, Max. Air Flow 21.2CFM • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99

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