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Ms. Emma from Sioux Falls SD is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Connecting Our Students and Community Members Through Play!

Help me give my students puzzles, games, crafts, and sensory activities to learn through play with community volunteers and mentors.

  • $1,775 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students are kind, brave, and from all areas of the globe. They are all part of our school family and find trust, peace, love, and acceptance from our community. There may be ups and downs, but we love each other no matter what, just like a family does.

Each student has their own unique challenges, but they persevere to be the best they can be, everyday.

Our students are enthusiastic to come to school and to learn, and they inspire me to be better whenever I am around them!

My Project

Our community often struggles with displacement, transience, and financial difficulties, and we rely heavily on volunteers that give their time to care for our students throughout the school year. Our community mentors attend once per week during the lunch hour to eat lunch and connect with students through play, providing them with stability and meaningful connections.

By donating to my project, these community mentors will be able to empower students to succeed by establishing trusting relationships through play.

This is significantly aided by the materials listed in my campaign that we are currently lacking. These games and sensory activities offer mentors and other community volunteers a chance to create connections, helping students to open up and learn valuable interpersonal skills, strengthening their connection to develop consistent, long-term friendships.

Students in the mentor program will be able to choose games, sensory activities, or craft projects to experience with a trusting adult. Each resource in our mentor center will be treated with respect and the students will be so thankful to be able to use them. Many of them do not have the opportunity to use materials such as these in their daily lives and they are so deserving of time just being a kid. They absolutely love playing and spending time with their mentors and thrive in and out of the classroom because of this program. The positive results of mentoring will only be enhanced by your investment in my project! These materials will be cared for and utilized by many for years to come!

Ms. Emma
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sensory Weighted Lap Pad for Kids 5 pounds - Great Weighted Lap Blanket for Kids with Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder - Classroom and Special Education Supplies • Amazon Business $44.99 5 $224.95
Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set, The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Tiles for Kids, Creativity and Educational Building Toys for Children, STEM Approved • Amazon Business $49.99 4 $199.96
LINCOLN LOGS – 100th Anniversary Tin - 111 All-Wood Pieces – Ages 3+ Construction Education Toy • Amazon Business $40.98 3 $122.94
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty Mini Tins Deluxe Gift Set Bundle Featuring Glow, Hypercolor, Super Illusions, Scented, Electric, Primary, Metallic & Exclusive Matty's Toy Stop Bag - 25 Pack (.47 oz each) • Amazon Business $89.99 1 $89.99
Crazy Aaron's Putty .47 oz Mini Tin Assortment - 12 Pack • Amazon Business $39.99 2 $79.98
TableTopics to GO Kids Conversation Trio Orange • Amazon Business $20.00 3 $60.00
Crayola Broad Line Markers Bulk, School Supplies, 16 Bold Colors, 256 Count • Amazon Business $56.88 1 $56.88
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
Crayola Classpack Assortment, School Supplies, 16 Different Colors (50 Each), 800 Regular Size Crayons • Amazon Business $40.66 1 $40.66
Mega Bloks First Builders Deluxe Building Bag [Amazon Exclusive] • Amazon Business $33.99 1 $33.99
Lewo Large Wooden Blocks Construction Building Toys Set Stacking Bricks Board Games 32 Pieces • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Early Reading Game - Toy of the Year Finalist, A Fun and Educational Learn to Read Game Developed by Educators for Pre-K to 2nd Graders • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Gamewright Sushi Go Party! Card Game, Standard, Multicolor • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Trouble Game • Amazon Business $8.77 2 $17.54
Sorry! Game: Disney Moana Edition • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Battleship With Planes Strategy Board Game For Ages 7 and Up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Multiflex Designs Jumbo Checker Rug Game • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Disney The Lion King 24 Piece Puzzle in Metal Storage Tin - Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
TENZI Dice Party Game - A Fun, Fast Frenzy for the Whole Family - 4 Sets of 10 Colored Dice with Storage Tube - Colors May Vary • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
HedBanz – HedBanz Jr. Family Board Game for Kids Age 5 And Up • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Lewo Wooden Stacking Board Games Building Blocks for Kids - 48 Pieces • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Play Sand - 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Green) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Play Sand - 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Purple) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Play Sand - 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Pink) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Mudpuppy The World of Eric Carle Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? My First Puzzle Pairs – Great for Kids Age 2+ - 10 Sturdy 2-Piece Puzzles – Teaches Problem-Solving, Colors, Fine Motor Skills • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
TOP BRIGHT 48 Piece Puzzles for Kids Ages 4-8 - Rocket Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles for Toddlers 4 Year Old • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
TOP BRIGHT 48 Piece Puzzles for Kids Ages 4-8 - Construction Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles for Toddlers 4 Year Old • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Play Sand - 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Blue) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $11.04 1 $11.04
Melissa & Doug Construction Vehicles 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw 12-Piece Puzzles (Beautiful Original Artwork, 48 Pieces Total) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
ROBUD Sea World Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids 24 Pieces Puzzle Gift for Kids 3 4 5 • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Shopkins 288pg Coloring & Activity Book • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Melissa & Doug Space Voyage Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle (48 Pieces) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Melissa & Doug Dinosaurs Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle With Storage Tray (24 pcs) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Melissa & Doug Barnyard Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle (24 pcs) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Bendon Unicorn Coloring Book (for All Ages - 48 Magical Pages to Color!) • Amazon Business $8.80 1 $8.80
Sorry! Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
Bendon My Little Pony 224 Coloring & Activity Book Including Stickers • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Awesome Pokemon Coloring Book: Fun Coloring Pages Featuring Your Favorite Pokemon and Battle Scenes (Unofficial) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Marvel Heroes JUMBO Coloring Book: Coloring Book for Kids and Adults (Perfect for Children Ages 4-12) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
UNO Minecraft Card Game • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Minecraft Coloring Book: Amazing Jumbo Coloring Book With High Quality Images • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
FRIENDS, FASHION, AN • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Sunflower Day Pick Up Sticks Classic Game - 41 Piece Wooden Vintage Pickup Toys for Kids • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Spider-Man Coloring Book: Great Coloring Book for Kids Ages 4-8 and Any Fan of Spider Man • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48
Monopoly Deal Games • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Bicycle Unicorn Playing Cards • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$1,381.90

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$76.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$20.73

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,508.63

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$266.23

Total project goal

$1,774.86

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,774.86

20 Donors

-$1,550.74

Donations toward project cost

-$1,330.13

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$220.61

match offer

-$210.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$178.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$31.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.12

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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