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Mrs. Marasas from Chicago IL is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Community Building - A Space for Us

My students need a rug, two chairs, one ice maker and ice scoop, one Amazon Echo, one storage cart, one floor lamp, and one Amazon FireStick.

  • $1,013 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students attend one of the most unique schools in our district. Most schools in our large, urban district serve one community; our school serves children from over four distinct and different communities. Our school has the highest percentage of special needs students in our district, but we do not receive the level of district support we need to help our students. Every day, our students face all of the challenges that come from growing up in an underserved community.

Inside of our school, you will see over 250 students ready to rise to the occasion.

You will not see any of the political and bureaucratic nonsense that has come to define our situation in the public eye. You will see students cooking together in the culinary room, reading Shakespeare in English, and playing marching band tunes in the music room. Our students and staff are committed to creating a rigorous, creative, and welcoming school regardless of any outside force.

My Project

Our high school is housed in a large, historic building meant to serve 2,000 students and staff. As seen in many urban schools, low enrollment only allows for us to use a small portion of the building. Many rooms go unused and unloved. Unfortunately, this situation mirrors the overall neighborhood, where many buildings are vacated or abandoned. There are few places for students and staff to safely congregate and take a break from the realities of our day.

Our school community wants to create a space for community building and rejuvenation.

Specifically, our Senior Class plans to turn a large room on the second floor into a community space. There will be places to eat, work, and converse. This will require new paint job and new furniture. Our students and staff are pride ourselves on overachieving despite not being given bare necessities. Our students are committed to giving the school a space deserving of everyone's hard work and dedication.

At this point in our room renovation, our students have completed the initial cleaning and paint job. We are now ready to purchase items. Specifically, we are asking for the following items: one rug, two chairs, one ice maker and ice scoop, one Amazon Echo, one storage cart, one floor lamp, one Amazon FireStick. These items will be used to create a unique and comfortable space for all school community members to engage in rejuvenating and cooperative interactions.

Mrs. Marasas
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Novogratz Prescott Chair in Rich Linen Upholstery, Modern Style with Track Arms, Gray • Amazon Business $154.66 2 $309.32
Nourison Celestial (CES02) Modern Abstract Area Rug, 5'3" x 7'3", Multicolor Grey • Amazon Business $116.68 1 $116.68
hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine for Counter Top - Makes 26 lbs of Ice per 24 hours - Ice Cubes ready in 6 Minutes - Electric Ice Making Machine with Ice Scoop and 1.5 lb Ice Storage - Silver • Amazon Business $114.99 1 $114.99
Echo (2nd Generation) - Charcoal Fabric • Amazon Business $94.99 1 $94.99
SONGMICS Rustic 3-Tier Serving Cart and Rolling Utility Storage Organizer for Kitchen and Living Room ULRC78X • Amazon Business $72.99 1 $72.99
Brightech Hudson Pendant Floor Lamp – Classic Elevated Crane Arc Floor Lamp with Linen-Textured Hanging Lamp Shade- Tall, Industrial, Adjustable Uplight Lamp for Living Room, Office, or Bedroom Bronze • Amazon Business $64.99 1 $64.99
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player • Amazon Business $37.99 1 $37.99
OXO Good Grips Flexible Scoop • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

Materials cost

$817.94

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.27

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$860.21

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$151.80

Total project goal

$1,012.01

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,012.01

5 Donors

-$857.26

Donations toward project cost

-$856.81

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.45

match offer

-$4.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$3.40

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.60

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$150.75

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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