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Mr. Allender from Saint Paul MN is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Clear Space, Clear Mind

My students need the necessary organizational and storage materials in order that they may think and work with purpose. We need storage cubes, plastic containers of various sizes, book bins, and other classroom items.

  • $414 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

As my first year of teaching is slowly coming to an end, I have loved my first class of 28 students this year. We have 20 girls (yes, 20 girls) and 8 boys, so the boys are greatly outnumbered, but we are making a great amount of progress this year. Our class averaged reading grade level has gone up an entire grade level from September to January, which is a substantial increase. As we continue to celebrate their progression, I am still aware of the need for growth in my scholars (and in myself).

My scholars all have different goals, dreams, desires, and skills; but they all wish to grow and progress as educated, thoughtful scholars and citizens.

My students, who an overwhelming majority (95%) come from low-income homes, each have specific passions and gifts. My job, as an educator, is to help them "unearth" their true potential and skills, so they may flourish in their academics and in every day life.

My Project

Being a first year teacher, I was fortunate to inherit certain books, storage containers, and other teaching supplies. With that said, I am lacking both in quantity and quality of the different methods of storage I have in my classroom.

It is common knowledge: with fewer distractions, students are more likely to learn.

If our class could receive the materials listed in this project, it would allow there to be a stronger emphasis on the true learning taking place in the classroom. By having practical, efficient ways to store classroom items, students will be able to move and operate in the classroom with a stronger, clearer sense of purpose. We need different storage cubes and bins to hold different math and literacy materials, as well as general school supplies, such as foam magnets, clorox wipes, and sharpies.

Erika Oppenheimer put it best when she said, "having a clear mind and a clear space allows you to think and act with a purpose." With your help, we can allow my students to have a clear space, which will, in turn, allow us to focus on cultivating a clear mind.

Mr. Allender
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
KOUSI Storage Cubes Wire Grid Modular Metal Cubbies Organizer Bookcases and Book Shelves Origami Shelving Unit, Black, 12 Cubes • Amazon Business $54.99 1 $54.99
Sterilite 19638606 Large Clip Box, Clear with Blue Aquarium Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $31.98 1 $31.98
30 Pocket Storage Pocket Chart, Hanging Wall File Organizer by Essex Wares - Organize Your Assignments, Files, Scrapbook Papers & More (Black) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Mesh Desktop or Wall Mounted Document Tray Organizer - 6 Tier Black Metal Wire Mesh File Holder for Letter A4 Size Files, Folders, Notebooks, Binders, Magazines, and More • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Carson Dellosa Numbers 1-120 Board Pocket Chart (158180) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Storex Book Bin with Label Holder, 14.3 x 5.3 x 7 Inches, Assorted Colors, Case of 6 (70110U06C) • Amazon Business $23.10 1 $23.10
WonderFoam Dominoes 168 Pieces (AC4468) • Amazon Business $21.70 1 $21.70
Wiz Dice Random Polyhedral Dice in Multiple Colors (100 + Pack) Bundle with Wiz Dice Pouch • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Clorox Disinfecting Antibacterial Wipes Value Pack, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes plus Clorox Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers - 220 Count (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Lauri Foam Magnets - Numbers • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Royal Bingo Supplies 1000 Pack of Bingo Chips (Mixed) - Bulk Set of ¾-inch Translucent Markers for Bingo, Counting & Game Tokens, Great for Bingo Halls & Large-Size Games • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, Box of 12 and Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 12 Count, Includes 5 Color Flag Set • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Simple Houseware White Magazine File Holder Organizer Box (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Command Medium Utility Hooks, 9-Hooks, 12-Strips (GP001-9NA) - Easy to Open Packaging • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Perfect Stix Jumbo Craft Sticks ( Pack of 500ct) • Amazon Business $9.91 1 $9.91
Glue Dots Craft Roll, Contains 200 ( .5 Inch) Adhesive Craft Dots (08165) • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77

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