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Ms. Maidelis from Hartford CT is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Colored Light Filters and Paper For a More Comfortable Classroom

My students need a classroom environment that is calm and comfortable to facilitate learning. These fabric light filters and colored copy paper will help them to focus and concentrate. The felt pads will minimize distracting noise.

  • $382 goal

This project expired on June 30, 2018.

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My Students

My students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, some with English language challenges, most from low income families, some newly arrived in this country or this city and unfamiliar with our school and our classes.

They sit in groups with classmates who would appear to be very different from them, but quickly find common interests and learn to work together as they learn Algebra 2, improve their work habits, and develop effective teamwork.

They help each other with the math problems, they talk about school sports and events, sometimes help translate for those whose English is not strong, and over the course of the year, they become friends.

My Project

My students come to my class, with some challenges to their concentration and energy. Many of them are tired from working a job the night before, or taking care of younger siblings. Many of them need (and don't have) glasses, or suffer from allergies and asthma. The glaring overhead fluorescent lights and bright white paper for worksheets and notes can aggravate fatigued eyes or migraine headaches. I use a Smartboard frequently and overhead lights are very bright, making it hard to see what is on the board.

These fabric light filters soften the overhead glare, creating a much more comfortable environment to look at the board or work on written assignments; it has been shown in numerous studies and practices that filtered light improves the mood in a classroom- students are calmer and more focused.

We do a lot of work on photocopied paper handouts. Reading and writing on white paper is hard on strained or fatigued eyes. Using pastel-colored paper can be easier on the eyes (and a little more motivating and fun) than stark white paper. Again research has shown that students with certain learning challenges or vision problems do much better if they read printed material on pastel colored paper.

The felt pads will help keep distracting noise to a minimum as the students move around the room or get into and out of their seats.

Your generosity by donating to this project will help my students overcome some of the difficulties they face everyday as they try to focus and concentrate on doing their best learning.

Ms. Maidelis
Grades 9-12
  • HPHS Law and Government Academy
  • Hartford, CT
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Educational Insights Fluorescent Light Filters (Tranquil Blue), Set of 4 • Amazon Business $24.99 3 $74.97
Educational Insights Fluorescent Light Filters (Whisper White), Set of 4 • Amazon Business $19.39 3 $58.17
Hammermill Paper, Colors Green, 20lb, 8.5x11, Letter, 500 Sheets / 1 Ream, (103366R), Made in the USA • Amazon Business $14.98 2 $29.96
Hammermill Paper, Colors Orchid, 20lb, 8.5x11, Letter, 500 Sheets / 1 Ream, (103770R), Made In The USA • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Hammermill Paper, Colors Turquoise, 20lb, 8.5x11, Letter, 500 Sheets / 1 Ream, (103820R), Made in the USA • Amazon Business $12.00 2 $24.00
AmazonBasics 50% Recycled Color Paper - Yellow, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 20 lbs, 1 Ream (500 Sheets) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Hammermill Paper, Colors Blue, 24lb., 8.5x11, Letter, 500 Sheets / 1 Ream, (103671R), Made In The USA • Amazon Business $9.84 2 $19.68
Smart Surface 8727 Heavy Duty Self Adhesive Furniture Felt Pads 1-Inch Round Oatmeal 160-Piece Value Pack in Resealable Bag • Amazon Business $9.49 2 $18.98
Exact 26741 Domtar Exact Color Copy Paper, 8-1/2" x 11" Size, 20 lb., 0.85" Height, 8.5" Width, 11" Length, Bright Pink (Pack of 500) • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98

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