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Ms. Valbuena from Maspeth NY is requesting classroom basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Colored Paper + Sharpened Pencils= Creativity + Happiness

Help me give my students electric pencil sharpeners, pencils, and various colored paper choices.

  • $204 goal

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My Students

Carpe Diem! These are the words that greet my students daily as they enter our classroom. I aim to create an environment filled with creativity, educational challenges, happiness, and self-awareness. Every day my students rise to the challenge and truly seize the day!

My students attend a Title I public school in New York City where nearly 100% of students come from low-income households.

My students are a diverse group of intellectually gifted fourth graders. Their interests are unique and varied, yet they share the trait of innate inquisitiveness. Our classroom is a place of discovery and inquiry. We strive to tap into our higher-order thinking skills on a daily basis; pushing ourselves to explore and think deeply.

My Project

My students are an industrious bunch. They love to express themselves creatively. The paper and pencil sharpeners will allow them to have the tools they need to do so. Throughout the school year, my students participate in a wide array of project-based learning opportunities and varied enrichment activities. Often times the students themselves are choosing the means in which they wish to express what they have learned. Murals, songs, poems, raps, advertisements, scripts, collages, oil paintings, and graphic novels are just a few of the ways students have presented what they have learned during the year. My students are also a creative group. They are out of the box thinkers and approach problem-solving in unique ways.

Having access to a wide variety of paper and sharpened pencils will allow my students to broaden their options in terms of their creativity.

They will be able to tap into their inner artists and create meaningful expressions of their learning. As their teacher, I often tell them, "Get creative!' They never disappoint, as they wow me every time!

Ms. Valbuena
Grades 3-5
  • PS 153 Maspeth
  • Maspeth, NY
  • More than half of students from low‑income households Data about students' economic need comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, via our partners at MDR Education. Learn more

    This project will reach 32 students.

    3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bostitch QuietSharp Executive Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (EPS8HD-BLK) • $26.99 1 $26.99
X-ACTO XLR Electric Pencil Sharpener, Putty (1800) • $26.99 1 $26.99
Quill Brand Brights 20-lb. Color Paper, 8-1/2x11, Letter Size, Green, 500 Sheets • $15.29 1 $15.29
Quill Brand Brights 20-lb. Color Paper, 8-1/2x11, Letter Size, Blue, 500 Sheets • $15.29 1 $15.29
Ticonderoga The World's Best Pencil Wooden Pencils, No. 2 Soft Lead, 72/Pack (33904) • $14.99 1 $14.99
Quill Brand Colored Paper 8-1/2x11", Letter Size, Yellow Goldenrod, 500 sheets • $13.94 1 $13.94
Brights 24 lb. Colored Paper, Purple • $13.49 1 $13.49
Brights 24 lb. Colored Paper, Orange • $13.49 1 $13.49

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