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Mrs. Ruffalo from Avella PA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Coming Full Circle

Help me give my students another horseshoe table with a white board top. The first one is such a hit, they would like a second to make a full circle!

  • $588 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

The students in my life skills program are an amazing group of children. They are loving kids who give their all when given a task. Everyday things that we take for granted, such as washing dishes or understanding a newspaper article, are a challenge for these boys and girls. In my classroom, we work on these life skills. The class also goes on outings that involve real-world experiences, such as going to the grocery store to shop for ingredients for our weekly recipe.

Our goal is to prepare these students for life after graduation.

Repetition is key when working with this group of special needs students. We practice making a bed, using coupons, managing a checking account, and even doing laundry. These skills are practiced over and over again so they can apply them to their lives outside of school.

Not only do we work on living skills, but we work on job skills. The students fill out various job applications so they understand what it will be like to try and get a job. They practice following written and oral directions with two or more steps. We also sort items and and practice making change.

My Project

Students in this life skills classroom benefit from small group instruction, as well as one-on-one instruction. Having a second horseshoe-shaped table with a whiteboard top will allow the students to work closely with each other, the teacher, and paraprofessionals. The chair pockets will allow the students to have a space to call their own. They can keep their notebooks, pencils, and binders in the chair pockets so they do not get lost.

Students will be able to gather around the tables, in a circle, to learn everything from everyday math skills to everyday living skills.

Being close to each other will encourage social interaction. Sitting around a table with peers and staff will also allow the students to remain on task or seek the help they need.

Mrs. Ruffalo
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
TABLE - CS ACTIVITY HORSESHOE 60X66 - MARKERBOARD TOP - SPECIFY T-MOLD EDGE/UPPER LEG COLOR - SPECIFY TABLE HEIGHT • School Specialty $321.27 1 $321.27
ORGANIZER SEAT SACK STANDARD-17'' ORIGINAL BLUE • School Specialty $10.71 8 $85.68
CADDY SENSATIONAL CLASSROOM W/RACK SET OF 6 PLASTIC CUPS • School Specialty $14.19 1 $14.19
YELLOW (PP1) - CLASSROOM SELECT • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00
OPTION CLASS - CS ACTIVITY TABLE ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT OPTION • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00
22-30 ADJ LEG • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00
OPTION CLASS - CS STANDARD/APOLLO ACTIVITY TABLE MATCHING UPPER LEG/T-MOLD EDGE COLOR OPTION • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00

Materials cost

$421.14

Vendor shipping charges

$42.11

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.32

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$499.57

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$88.16

Total project goal

$587.73

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$587.73

2 Donors

-$499.57

Donations toward project cost

-$499.57

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$88.16

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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