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Mrs. Hites from Oklahoma City OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Comfortable, Creative, and Kind

Help me give my students materials that provide a calming atmosphere and connect them with nature and books that represent and embrace diversity.

  • $837 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

It is easy at times to look at my students in their required uniforms and forget all that they face at home. However, I am quickly reminded by the seemingly inexplicable meltdown, the mention of how dad is in prison, or the child who is always falling asleep because it is too loud at home or not enough room in a bed shared by three siblings. My students come from impoverished homes and face diversity on a regular basis. They also come from Spanish speaking homes, so they do not have a foundation in English that many children come to school with.

Despite all of their challenges, my students are excited to learn and give their best to do so every day.

I love that I get the opportunity to provide them with a safe, consistent, and loving environment. While they come to me below grade level, the growth I get to see in them is all the more exciting!

My Project

Before students can learn, they need to know that they are loved and that they are safe. I believe the objects and materials in a classroom play a part in communicating those messages. When my students walk in our door, I want them to know they are welcome just as they are and that while there may be stressful situations going on at home, our classroom is a calm place.

As I did an inventory of my classroom, I realized that most of my students would not find books with characters inside that looked like them.

I knew this had to change in order to celebrate and affirm the diversity in our room. The books on my list like "I Am Enough" and "All Are Welcome" will help me build a culture of compassion and unity. The biographical books like "Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez" and "Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race" will inspire them to believe and dream and what they are capable of doing.

The wicker baskets will help organize our room, removing clutter and replacing brightly colored buckets, both of which can be overstimulating and stressful. The pebbles, sea shells, blocks, and wood slices will be loose parts for open ended creative play. All of these materials will help me create an atmosphere where students feel confident and comfortable.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Layboo Handcrafted Eco-Friendly Breathable Padded Knitted Straw Flat Seat Cushion/Straw futon Cushion (Steel Frame 40cm(15.75 in)) • Amazon Business $45.89 2 $91.78
Napa Home & Garden Seagrass Small Round Baskets, Set of 3 • Amazon Business $38.74 2 $77.48
Trademark Innovations 11.5" Hyacinth Storage Basket with Handles, Rectangular (Set of 4) • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks with Wooden Storage Crate (Developmental Toy, 60 pieces, 5.25" H x 12.5" W x 15" L) • Amazon Business $54.88 1 $54.88
StorageWorks Seagrass & Hyacinth Storage Woven Basket with Iron Wire Frame, Foldable Storage Baskets Organizer, Medium,10.2"x10.2"x10.6", 2-Pack, Extra - Gift Lining • Amazon Business $38.99 1 $38.99
DOKOT Natural Seagrass Belly Basket with Handles, Round Wicker Storage Basket Planter • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
How Things Work: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercraft, Robotics, and Everything in Between (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $16.46 1 $16.46
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $14.58 1 $14.58
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $14.55 1 $14.55
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
How to Code a Sandcastle • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Thread of Love • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Tinksky Wood Slices Log Slices for DIY Crafts Wedding Centerpieces,100pcs • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Sea Shells Mixed Beach Seashells - Various Sizes up to 2" Shells -Bag of Approx. 50 Seashells • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Supply Guru SG2133 River Rocks, Pebbles, Outdoor Decorative Stones, Natural Gravel, For Aquariums, Landscaping, Vase Fillers, Succulent, Tillandsia, Cactus pot, Terrarium Plants, 2 LB. (32-Oz). • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Mkono Macrame Plant Hangers Indoor Outdoor Hanging Planter Basket Cotton Rope 4 Legs 41 Inch • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth • Amazon Business $6.85 1 $6.85
Too Many Tamales • Amazon Business $6.58 1 $6.58

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