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Ms. Gomez from Washington DC is requesting supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Zen: How To Deal With Stress And Find Zen!

My students need a Zen Box that will help with emotional regulation in the classroom. Each Zen Box contains different sensory tools to help students deal with frustration, anger, and anxiety, and promote positive learning. We need sand, markers, squeeze balls and more.

  • $960 goal

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Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

This project is a part of the Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month celebration because it supports a Latino teacher or a school where the majority of students are Latino.

My Students

Our students have taken a courageous step towards erasing the stigma of Mental Health by actively learning about trauma, healing, positive relationships, and inner-strength. This start up project will initially impact 24 classrooms with the long-term goal of incorporating Zen Boxes in every classroom, establishing a Tier 1 Response to Intervention strategy across the middle school and high school campus.

The student population at our school has been exposed to many adverse experiences that has impacted their social-emotional health and academic performance.

Mindful scholars make the choice to empower themselves by healing from traumatic experiences in order to continue with their academic success. Zen boxes will help teachers and students engage in classroom-friendly techniques that will "let go" of negative emotions in the classroom.

My Project

Zen Boxes in the classroom are geared towards helping students self-regulate emotions such as anger, frustration, anxiety, and stress in the classroom environment. Students will learn healthy mindful coping skills while developing emotional intelligence.

The goal is to build a culture of mindful scholars that engage their emotional intelligence to recognize their emotions, accept their emotions, and "let go" of negative emotions and behaviors that impact their academic potential and overall well being.

The Adverse Childhood Experience Study or ACE Study indicates that by the time students reach high school, 29% of students in a classroom of 30 have experienced direct and/or indirect physical abuse and/or adult to adult abuse. Physical abuse impacts a student's ability to learn, understand their emotions, regulate their behaviors, and cope with living through traumatic experiences. The Zen Boxes will help students deal with the effects of trauma through mindfulness and sensation awareness.

Kinetic sand, squeeze balls, water tubes, mandalas, and fidget toys stimulate sensation awareness through touch, smell, vision, and hearing to calm the body, mind, and spirit through structured therapeutic techniques. One example is the use of a stress ball to "squeeze and release" the emotion (anger) and behavior (off-task) that interferes with learning. These classroom-friendly techniques give students and their teachers tools to let go of emotions and behaviors such as: being off-task, unable to focus, frustration, anger, hyperactivity, hypoactivity, anxiety, and stress.

Through your generous donations, mindful scholars will develop the ability to recognize behaviors and emotions that impact their ability to learn AND access tools to "let go" of what negatively impacts their learning. Developing emotional awareness makes a classroom safe, accepting, and relevant to students and teachers.

Ms. Gomez
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sensory Sand 11 - Lbs (5 kg) - ECO friendly, 5 Resealable bags (2.2 lb each)(Colors May Vary) • Amazon Business $32.25 5 $161.25
Crayola Classpack Assortment, 256ct Broad Line Markers, 16 Bold Colors, Great for Classroom, Educational, All-Purpose Art Tools • Amazon Business $57.96 2 $115.92
Sterilite 19638606 Large Clip Box, Clear with Blue Aquarium Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $23.11 3 $69.33
Puffer Balls (Set of 12) • Amazon Business $10.45 5 $52.25
FIDGET TOY (Package of 8) Relieves Stress And Anxiety for Children and Adults - Soothing Marble Fidgets Help With Autism and ADHD - #1 Therapist Recommended! • Amazon Business $12.69 4 $50.76
4" Pearlized Water Snake (Package of 12) • Amazon Business $16.47 3 $49.41
Kinetic Sand, 11 Pound Package, by WABA Fun of North America • Amazon Business $46.61 1 $46.61
Play-Doh 24-Pack of Colors (Frustration Free Packaging) • Amazon Business $19.67 2 $39.34
Set of 24 Emoji Face Foam Soft Stress Novelty Toy Balls (2.5") - Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $17.95 2 $35.90
Dazzling Toys Novelty Assorted Squeeze Ball - 25 Pack (D055) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Sterilite 19638606 Large Clip Box, Clear with Blue Aquarium Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $23.11 1 $23.11
Jalousie 30 Pieces Stress Ball and Squeeze Toys Value Assortment-Stress Relax Toys (30 Pcs Pack). • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Fun Express Farm Animal Relaxable Balls (1 Dozen)(Discontinued by manufacturer) • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
Fun Express Rainbow Mini Magic Spring Assortment Novelty (50 Piece) • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Reditainer Plastic Disposable Portion Cups Souffle Cup with Lids, 2-Ounce, 100-Pack • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
FUN Emoji Face Squeeze Balls- 12 ~ 3'' Stress Relax Emotional Toy Balls ~ Fun Office Holiday Gift ~ Stocking Stuffer ~ Gag Toy • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79

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