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Mrs. Johnston-Werling from Fort Wayne IN is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom 101: Basics Aren't So Basic

My students need basic everyday materials, such as pencils, markers, and erasers to complete their in-class assignments, group projects, and labs, a place to store their science journals, and a positive learning environment.

  • $595 goal

This project expired on August 13, 2018.

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My Students

My students are a melting pot of ideas, personalities, backgrounds, and views of the world. Each one comes from their own world filled to the brim with ups and downs no one else might know about it. Every day these kids come into my classroom full of curiosities and questions waiting to be answered. They have a knack for finding a way to tie our lessons back to their lives without me even trying whether it is bringing in a rock during our Earth unit and working to identify it or finding out how many simple machines they use in a day.

Unfortunately, my kids come to school barely having their basic needs met.

We have a breakfast program which alleviates some of that hardship these kids face. When they are coming to school wearing the same clothes almost on a daily basis, it is hard for them to come prepared with simple, basic materials like pencils, markers, notebooks, etc. Their abilities to thrive despite the hardships they face at home inspires me on a daily basis.

My Project

My students come with good attitudes and curious minds, but lack the basic materials to complete in class work, labs, and projects. We do a variety of projects from posters and brochures to models and machines. The majority of supplies I do have are broken and don't work properly, like scissors.

When there are almost three hundred students using the same materials all day, every day, they also wear down quickly.

One thing we strive for is accuracy in our models and diagrams which are required to be properly illustrated which means we use colored pencils and markers often. The Crayola bulk markers and colored pencil sets will ensure my students are able to unleash their full creativity. However, to even begin our assignments and projects, each student first needs a sharpened pencil. By having AmazonBasics pencils, I can have the leave of mind each student has a pencil available to them. I have been asking my school to replace our broken, missing half of it's cover pencil sharpener since the end of last year. My students frequently have to leave the classroom in order to simply sharpen their pencil. With the addition of a sturdy X-ACTO electric sharpener, my kids will spend less time finding a working pencil sharpener and more time in class. I'm also asking for Elmer's glue sticks, construction paper, erasers, batteries, and magnetic letters.

We do a variety of review games including whiteboard races and several games requiring teamwork and speed. With the pack of Azteca dry erase markers, more students can participate. The Learning Resources Lights and Sounds Buzzers will allow us to enhance our speed test games and keep bring a new edge to review time.

A positive, bright room helps foster the positive mindset we strive to achieve on a daily basis and the materials will open the doors of creativity for my students.

Mrs. Johnston-Werling
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sterilite 16939006 File Crate, Black, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $41.14 2 $82.28
Crayola 688462 Ct Colored Pencil Classpack ,14 Assorted Colors (68-8462) • Amazon Business $55.32 1 $55.32
Crayola Bulk Markers, Ultra Clean, Broad Line, 200 Count Classpack, Washable • Amazon Business $51.77 1 $51.77
X-ACTO ProX Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener • Amazon Business $35.94 1 $35.94
Learning Resources Lights and Sounds Buzzers, Set of 4 • Amazon Business $16.69 2 $33.38
Learning Resources Answer Buzzers, Set of 4 • Amazon Business $12.29 2 $24.58
Arteza Dry Erase Markers, White Board Pens, 12 Colors, Multicolor, Set of 48 • Amazon Business $21.38 1 $21.38
Best Highlighters (Extra Large 50 Pack) 2 Styles (Large Barrel & Pen Size) in 5 Different Colors in Yellow, Green, Orange, Blue, and Pink - Perfect for Bible Study, Classroom, Students, and Teachers! • Amazon Business $18.97 1 $18.97
Creative Teaching Press Chalkboard 4" Designer Letters, Black/White (0279) • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Multi-Purpose Utility Scissors for Office School and Home - 12 Pack of 8 Inch Soft Grip Quality Handle Scissors for Left and Right Handed with Strong Stainless Steel Blades Giving You Great Value and Precision • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 60 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
Pacon SunWorks Heavyweight Construction Paper 9-inches by 12-inches 500-count Assorted (CON01500) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Teacher Created Resources Bold Block 2" Magnetic Letters, Chalkboard Brights (77190.0) • Amazon Business $13.93 1 $13.93
Creative Teaching Press Months of The Year Headlines (1134) • Amazon Business $13.78 1 $13.78
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Creative Teaching Press Swirls & Twirls Name Plates (4463) • Amazon Business $10.45 1 $10.45
AmazonBasics AAA Performance Alkaline Batteries (36 Count) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Sargent Art 36 Count Premium Pink Eraser Class Pack, Best Buy Assortment, 36-1012 • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Creative Teaching Press Pencils 6" Designer Cut-Outs (0859) • Amazon Business $5.17 1 $5.17
Teacher Created Resources Chalkboard Brights Mini Accents (5620) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00

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