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Mrs. Houser from New Britain CT is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Come to Class to Escape the Room

Help me give my students craft supplies to solve and create their Escape Room Adventures which will promote teamwork and strengthen student engagement.

  • $580 goal

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My Students

Our school is a small school making a big difference for students who have been placed in our building for various personal or private reasons. Many of them do not have "typical" experiences prior to entering the school system. Here, they receive additional resources and opportunities such as a smaller class size, as well as strategies for social and emotional learning in addition to academic skills.

My students come to school with many concerns outside of their control, so in our classroom we utilize teamwork and social skills to the fullest potential.

Thanks to our small school size, elementary teachers are able to mentor the middle and high school students 2-3 times a week. The older students form bonds with staff and younger students who look up to them as role models. Our school is working on increasing personal connections to strengthen academic and attendance data as well as give the students more opportunities for positive interactions that will help them be more successful.

My Project

Our school is in a district where over 50% of high schoolers have chronic absenteeism. Our school's current data shows 73% of our population at risk. They skip school and often become disengaged at school due to falling behind in classwork. When discussing the question "How was your weekend?" with students recently, they heard about escape rooms. Only one classmate had gone to an escape room adventure and the rest were very interested in learning more, responding with "let's do that Miss!"

Students will work together to solve puzzles and create similar mysteries involving clues and artwork for themselves and the younger students at our school.

Our high schoolers enjoy meaningful arts & crafts. They love to create poster board displays, bulletin boards for the hallway, and artwork for the district shows. This project will allow students to connect with each other and staff in ways that enhance their skills as artists and thinkers. They'll learn new skills with woodworking tools to create clues on wood which are a long lasting, new medium. The mysteries will use lock boxes, hidden compartments and cyphers.

Ideally, this project will increase attendance rates by giving students who normally play video games on the weekends more motivation to improve via a chance to play games of a different sort at school. The project will increase relationships with their non-homeroom teachers as well as middle and elementary school students. With stronger relationships, we expect students to gain a sense of confidence & leadership in helping others learn. We hope that the high schoolers will feel accomplished when others complete a puzzle that they've designed and attend school more often to create more challenges and artwork.

Mrs. Houser
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Metal Lock Box with Folding Handle and Stackable Design- Durable Portable Locking Storage to Secure Valuables, Cash, Jewelry, Knives, More by Stalwart • Amazon Business $11.98 4 $47.92
Duck and Scotch Brand Duct Tape Set (25 Random Rolls) Colored Duct Tape Multi Pack, Duct Tape Bulk Lot For Duct Tape Designs, DIY Crafts • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
(STAGE 1) Wood and Leather Pyrography Pen - Best Woodburning and Leather Crafts Tool Kit - Comes with 21 Different Tips - Dual Power Mode - 30W and 15W, Gourd • Amazon Business $38.95 1 $38.95
White Cardstock Paper 8.5" x 11" (200 Sheets) 80lb Cover, 220gsm, Blank • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Fuyit Natural Wood Slices 30 Pcs 2.4"-2.8" Craft Wood kit Unfinished Predrilled with Hole Wooden Circles Great for Arts and Crafts Christmas Ornaments DIY Crafts • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Top Loading 2.4 Mil Clear Sheet Protectors, 200 Count. • Amazon Business $18.03 1 $18.03
WD-40 Safe Can Diversion Stash Container • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Fellowes Thermal Laminating Pouches, 3 mil, 200 Pack • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
Diversion Safe Hair Brush by Stash-it | BONUS Smell Proof Bag | Can Safe to Hide Money, Jewelry, or Valuables with Discret Secret Removable Lid • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
3M Scotch Brite Lint Roller Diversion Safe • Amazon Business $15.89 1 $15.89
Learn to Burn: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started in Pyrography (Fox Chapel Publishing) Easily Create Beautiful Art & Gifts with 14 Step-by-Step Projects, How-to Photos, and 50 Bonus Patterns • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Woodpeckers Decorative Wooden Doll People - Assorted Sizes - Set of 50 Peg Doll Shapes | Made From Birch | Ebook included. • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Fidget Puzzle Boxes Mini Brain Teaser 10PCS Puzzle Cube for Kids Adults, Game Challenge for Teenagers, Toy Gift Idea Safe for Children • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Bosvision 2.5 inches width 4-digit Resettable Combination Padlock with 5/16" Shackle for Gate, Lodge, Locker, Luggage. • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Inovart Puzzle-It 28-Piece Blank Puzzle, 24 Puzzles Per Package, 5-1/2" x 8", White • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Braille Wall Panel Key for Escape Rooms • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Findway 5 UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors,Pet Urine Detector for Dog Urine,Pet Stains and Bed Bug Detector,Dog Urine Remover • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Caydo 24 Pieces 4 Inch Square Unfinished Blank Wood Squares Slices Unfinished Wood Cutouts with Sanding Sponge for Pyrography, Painting, Writing, Drinks DIY Craft, Photo Props and Decoration • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Gym Locker Lock,Kingo 5 Letter Combination Lock Password Sturdy Security Padlock (Blue) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Book Safe with Combination Lock, Ohuhu Dictionary Diversion Book Safe, Portable Safe Box, Great for storing Money, Jewelry, Gun and Passport • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Extra Pig Pen Grid Key Panel For Escape Rooms • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
DecoArt DASK293-K 34 Color Value Pack Set, Americana • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Sticky Back Coins Clear Dots Hook and Loop Self Adhesive Dot Tapes 3/4" Diameter 1000pcs(500 Pair) - White • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
EUDAX School Labs Basic Electricity Discovery Circuit Kit for Introductory Electronics • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
ORIA Combination Lock, 4 Digit Combination Padlock Set, Metal and Plated Steel Material for School, Employee, Gym or Sports Locker, Case, Toolbox, Fence, Hasp Cabinet and Storage, Pack of 2 • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Master Lock 1535DWD Set Your Own Word Combination Lock, 1-Pack, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.15 1 $7.15
Set of 3 Invisible UV Blacklight Ink Marker Blue Red Yellow • Amazon Business $6.25 1 $6.25

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