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Ms. Matthews from E Flat Rock NC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Chill Out Corner for the Children

My students need sensory items, books, games, and comfortable lounging to stock a "Chill Out Corner" where they can go to refocus, calm themselves, or just hang out with their friends when the time is right.

  • $497 goal

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My Students

I am employed at a Title I school in North Carolina where over 70 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch. Over half of the students in my classroom participate in the backpack program that provides them and their families with food for the weekend.

I work in a self-contained classroom, providing my students with intensive interventions to help them reach their full potential in both academic and functional skill areas.

My students range from 6th to 8th grade, all with different learning styles and unique personalities. A variety of communication techniques are used in our class so that each child has the opportunity to participate in activities throughout the day.

We have an awesome group of kids from the general education setting who come to our class as peer tutors, book buddies, and just as friends to hang out with the students on a regular basis.

My Project

The items purchased in this project will lay the ground work for a sensory corner in which we will start using immediately. Items include a hanging canopy which will provide privacy and may be calming for some students and pillows that provide a various range of sensory input. Other items such as string fidgets, kinetic sand, water beads, building blocks (Legos and K’nex), and bubbling motion timers will offer students the choice of how they would like to refocus or regain clarity. These items all offer unique sensory input for a spectrum of students and will benefit all of our ages and needs.

This corner will not only be a safe environment within our classroom to calm down but will also have a small library of books and games to promote students building relationships with one another using items other than technology.

In donating to this project you will be helping me create and provide the appropriate stimulation that my students need, but cannot sometimes voice, due to their disabilities.

My hope is that the Chill Out Corner will be a place where one student can go while the others continue to learn and stay on task with minimum distraction.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Textured Pillows Set of 6 Each with a Different Sensorial Experience • Amazon Business $61.98 1 $61.98
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 • Amazon Business $48.00 1 $48.00
K’NEX – 52 Model Building Set – 618 Pieces – Ages 7+ Engineering Education Toy • Amazon Business $36.97 1 $36.97
My Weird School Daze 12-Book Box Set: Books 1-12 • Amazon Business $29.20 1 $29.20
Sterilite 19658604 Deep Clip Box, Clear with Blue Aquarium Latches, 4-Pack • Amazon Business $28.25 1 $28.25
Circular Mosquito Netting Diamond Canopy for Indoor/Outdoor, Camping or Bedroom Fit A King Size Bed(Black) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
UNO Card Game Tin • Amazon Business $18.39 1 $18.39
BESTOMZ 4 Pack Liquid Motion Timer Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidgeting, Captivating Distraction • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Hasbro Game - Jenga • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
12 pc (1 dozen ) Mesh Squishy Stress Relief Balls Tear-Resistant Non-toxic, birthday party favors , For Kids & Adults For Autism, ADHD, Bad Habits By Dazzling Toys • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Sparkling Play Sand - 2 LBS of Shimmering Sand with Castle Molds (Blue) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Hasbro Pie Face Game • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
KeNeer 7Pack Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys - Relieve Stress, and Increase Patience - Build Resistance Squeeze, Pull - Good for kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Water Beads Ocean Tactile Sensory Experience - 4 Colors Sensory Beads Water Sensory Bags- 8,000ct • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Hasbro Connect 4 Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
Inside Out Box of Mixed Emotions • Amazon Business $7.26 1 $7.26

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