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Ms. Burkholder-Travis from Houston TX is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Celebrating Success: We Read 220 Million Words!

My students need carnival supplies for reaching our school goal of reading 220 million words.

  • $728 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are an extremely intelligent, diverse group of children primarily from low income backgrounds. Many are striving to be the first in their families to go to college.

My sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students are redefining possible at our charter school in Texas.

Many come from low-income families and struggle with a variety of issues before they even walk into the classroom. Regardless of their challenges, they are hard-working, determined individuals with a desire to attend college. Our goal, as a school, is to provide rigorous curriculum and build meaningful student relationships as we prepare them for college and beyond.

My Project

At the beginning of the school year we set the goal of reading 220 million words as a school. If the students met this goal we promised them a school carnival. We're almost at our goal and are beginning to prepare for our carnival.

Our school carnival will celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of our students.

On average our students each had to read 650,000 words to reach this goal. This year has been incredibly hard on our school community due to several tragedies and Hurricane Harvey. We want this carnival to be one filled with joy and celebration to end the year strong. Unfortunately, due to budgetary cuts, we don't have the finances to support this celebration.

We are asking for carnival games such as can tosses, sack races, and face paint. In addition, we're requesting small prizes such as stress relief balls and glow in the dark rings. Finally, we're requesting decorations such as pennants and table cloths. We will recycle these games and decorations to use again in the future to celebrate student achievement.

Ms. Burkholder-Travis
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 350 students.

11 donors have given to this project.

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4 pack Red & White Striped Table Skirt Carnival Circus decorations by Oojami • Amazon Business $19.99 3 $59.97
Face Paint Kit, Magicfly 16 Colors 50 Stentils Water-Based Face & Body Painting Set with 3 Assorted Paint Brushes, Non-Toxic, FDA-Compliant Christmas Face paint for Kids & Adult, Party, Carnival • Amazon Business $9.99 5 $49.95
12 Inch Color Dry Erase Prize Wheel By Midway Monsters • Amazon Business $47.99 1 $47.99
Raffle Tickets 2000 per Roll 50/50: Yellow • Amazon Business $9.39 5 $46.95
Disposable Paper Food Tray for Carnivals, Fairs, Festivals, and Picnics. Holds Nachos, Fries, Hot Corn Dogs, and more! - 2.5-Pound, 50-Pack • Amazon Business $9.99 4 $39.96
250pcs Multicolor Pennant Banner,LOOBJOYGAME 263Ft Nylon Fabric Decorations Flags • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
Mini Color 3x3 Cube Puzzle Game Toy for Party Favors (6 Pack) • Amazon Business $8.99 4 $35.96
Foam Footballs - Pack Of 8 - 4 Inches Assorted Colors Soft Squeeze Sports Stress Balls - Relaxation And Anxiety Relief – For Kids And Adults, Great Party Favors, Fun, Toy, Gift, Prize - By Kidsco • Amazon Business $13.59 2 $27.18
Rubber Duck Assortment for Happy Birthday Party, Baby Shower Games, Gift Bags, Bath Toys, Carnival, Variety Pack of 50 • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Mochi Squishy Easter Egg Fillers Party Favors Fidget Stress Relief Squishies Toys for Kids - 20 +1 Kawaii Animal Cat UNICORN Squishys + Cute Random Emoji Slow Rising Squishes Mini Novelty Gifts BUYLET • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Burlap Potato Sacks 23x40, Pack 4 • Amazon Business $11.46 2 $22.92
30PCS Pencil Erasers Zoo Animal Assorted Anima Erasers Puzzle Erasers Collectible for Party Favors Games Prizes Carnivals and School Supplies Best Gifts Party Gifts-By LW Funny Toys • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
50 LED Party Favors Pack - 32 LED Finger Light Up Toys 13 LED Jelly Finger Rings and 5 LED Glasses for New Years Eve in Assorted Glow in the Dark Colors • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Joyin Toy 24 Pack of Mini Animal Plush Easter Egg Stuffer Toy Assortment (24 units 3" each) Kids Party Favors Kids Valentine Toy • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Flickin' Chicken • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Fun Express Canvas Bean Bag Toss Game • Amazon Business $17.08 1 $17.08
SIX VANKA Dart Balloons 300pcs 5" Assorted Color Latex Water Balloon + 8pcs Plastic Darts Bundle for Outdoor Carnival Pop Party Fight Game • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
OTC - 20 Yellow Plastic Weighted Carnival Ducks Matching Game • Amazon Business $14.42 1 $14.42
Carnival King Paper Popcorn Bags, 1 oz, Red & White, 100 Piece • Amazon Business $6.75 2 $13.50
Carnival Can Toss Bean Bag Game • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
Fun Express Paper Carnival Photo Booth Stick Props • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49

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