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Mrs. Pate from Mount Olive NC is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Color Speaks Louder Than Words

Help me give my students our own color printer to create aspiring illustrators and writers in first grade!

  • $229 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach 1st grade and this is the first year of my teaching career. My students are creative, thoughtful, and have a passion for learning! I could not have hand-picked a better "first" group of 1st grade children to work with and learn from each day. My students love to work with hands-on activities, explore new things, and work best when they are moving around the room.

Creative, curious, and ambitious; my students are always eager to take on each day with a smile and an open mind to learning!

My first year of teaching started off very different than I had expected. My county was greatly impacted by Hurricane Florence and our schools were closed for 6 whole weeks. This greatly impacted our students and school employees. Many schools, including my own, were being used as shelters for hurricane victims. It has been a difficult transition for students and teachers as we are behind schedule. Despite the difficulties, we work hard every day to meet our end of the year goals and still manage to have fun!

My Project

My classroom would thrive in numerous ways if we had a color printer. My first graders do a lot of writing and I ALWAYS allow them to illustrate whatever it is they write about. Young children love to draw out their thoughts and use pictures to express their emotions. My students are so creative and it would be awesome to be able to expand their creativeness using technology in our own classroom.

Having a color printer at my students fingertips would provide them with 21st century skills, allowing them the ability to utilize basic technology skills to produce digital writing.

Picture books have quality words but most importantly, they have engaging pictures that are full of detail which hook young readers and give them a better understanding of what the text is actually about.

My main goal of this project is to provide my students with a safe and enjoyable writing environment where they feel it is okay to make mistakes and still know they can become authors, even in first grade! I plan to do this by giving my students the opportunity to create illustrations and text through a digital resource such as story maker. The color printer will be a wonderful asset to our classroom because students would then be able to write, illustrate, and print their books and then publish them in our classroom library.

Mrs. Pate
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 InkJet Color Printer • Staples Advantage $149.99 1 $149.99

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