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Ms. Lincoln from Washington DC is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

College Access

Help me give my students stability. The literature sorter enables them to receive important college mail at school. They'll stop by my office daily as they live into this fun new adult responsibility!

  • $1,154 goal

This project expired on December 15, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Roughly half of my students are African-American; the other rough half are Latino, and in the spaces in between are students from African countries, Vietnam, Bangladesh... Thank goodness we're a "global studies campus," because there must be a focus somewhere, somehow, on us all getting along!

One thing my students have in common is their lack of preparation for college, or anything beyond high school.

Even in instances when you THINK they should know, they don't. But they are so eager, open and receptive! As soon as they see how this College & Careers stuff that I keep talking about is actually about THEM and the lives they want for themselves, and that it's ATTAINABLE...well, I have to close my office door sometimes...

...and then open it up again and even stay late. That's just how much I'm inspired to help. Every year, another class worms its way into my heart and I keep doing what I do. They're MY terrific kids!

My Project

This is my second year at a new school, but one thing remains the same: many students experience homelessness or displacement during their senior year. Some move around a lot and still others live with people who simply don't value the students' belongings. When they miss their college mail, sometimes students miss a lot; but during their senior year, my students can use the school's address, and the literature sorters become their mailboxes! Even kids who don't need to use them opt to receive their mail at school because it's just so cool!

Reliably getting their mail is only the first benefit; the second one they don't even realize is happening.

If you could see the transformation that takes place in my kids when they stop by my office every day because "I gotta check my mail, " you'd understand that it's more about them growing up: becoming interested, engaged, invested and personally responsible as they navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes. In addition to college mail, they can receive important school notices that they easily miss when noise and a poor PA system obscure the daily announcements.

Also, I get to check in with every one of them without chasing them around the school!

The rest of my project items are tools that my students and I needed or that I wished we'd had last year: 1 - toner for the color printer I brought from home (my school can't provide one or even purchase the ink), because seniors have projects to print that require color from time to time; and 2 - a huge at-a-glance 12-month calendar whiteboard so that my students and I can see their future plans taking shape, and just how quickly this year is going to go down in history!

Ms. Lincoln
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Safco Products Value Sorter Literature Organizer, 72 Compartment 7131BL, Black, Commercial-grade Steel Shell, Fiberboard Shelves, Value-priced • Amazon Business $226.70 3 $680.10
INK E-SALE Replacement for HP 125A HP CB540A CB541A CB542A CB543A Toner Cartridge for use with HP Color Laserjet CP1215 CP1518ni CP1515n CM1312nfi CM1312 MFP Printer, 4 Pack • Amazon Business $51.99 2 $103.98
Large Dry Erase Wall Calendar - 58" x 38" - Undated Blank 2020 Reusable Yearly Calendar - Giant Whiteboard Year Poster - Laminated Office Jumbo 12 Month Calendar • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99

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