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Mrs. Stead from Salt Lake City UT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Connecting With Virtual Learners Across Utah

Help me give my students personalized mail for outreach, encouragement, and rewards (small prizes, cards, envelopes, stamps).

  • $240 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work at a virtual school, so my students come from across the entire state of Utah. I have to work extra hard to get to know my students because when traditional teachers get to see the cute smiling faces of their students as they walk into class, I often just see a name on a computer screen. They see me, but I rarely get to see them. This has made it especially difficult to connect with them and really motivate them to work their hardest.

I teach middle school English, but my number one objective is to help a student feel loved, empowered, and appreciated.

In order to do that in a virtual school, that requires sending a lot of mail! It's amazing to see the difference it makes in the attitude of a struggling child when they get a postcard from me, written by hand, telling them that they matter.

This project will go toward funding letters, stamps, rewards, and small tokens of appreciation that will be delivered across the entire state.

My Project

My goal is to enhance learning in my classroom and to motivate students by sending them a handwritten postcard or their choice of small prize in the mail. For example, when a student wins a raffle for 100% attendance or completion or assignments, he or she will get to choose which prize I will mail to their home. On the other hand, when students are struggling, I can send them an inspirational postcard of encouragement so they know they aren't alone.

I know that it’s not where my student started out or even where they are today—their potential is limitless.

I want to help them believe in and discover that success. I’ve observed that these small rewards and incentives can be that extra boost a student needs to get back in the game and an important way to connect with students who I don't interact with face-to-face.

Mrs. Stead
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
USPS Us-Flag-Forever-Stamps-40 US Flag Forever Stamps - 40 Stamps (Two Books of 20) Packaging May Vary, Blue Red White • Amazon Business $30.28 1 $30.28
Live the Life You Love Postcard Box: 100 HAND-LETTERED POSTCARDS • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
1InTheOffice EasyClose Neon Brights Color Envelopes, 10, Assorted, 4 1/8"H x 9 1/2"W, 50/Pack (Assorted Neon Brights) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Power Thought Cards: A 64 Card Deck (Box Set) • Amazon Business $13.48 1 $13.48
Optimisms - 20 Inspirational All Occasion Cards with Envelope (4 x 5.12 Inch) – Motivational Greeting Note Card Set - Stay Positive All-Occasion Stationery Pack (2 Each, 10 Designs) AM6631OCB-B2x10 • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Thanksgiving Sales! Cute Unicorn Bookmark 60 PCS - Perfect Gift - Present- Bookmark Bulk - Kids Bookmarks • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Sticky Notes- Zoo Cute Animals Self-Stick Removable Sticky Notes -32 Pads per Pack - 20 Sheets per Pad - per Pack 8 Animals Inside-80mm x 54 mm (32 Pack) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Cute Animal Funny Bookmarks for Kids Teens Boys Girls,30PCs • Amazon Business $5.88 2 $11.76
48 Pcs Unicorn Slap Bracelets Party Favors Slap Bands Carnival Prizes Birthday Gift for Kids Boys Girls Adults • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
360 Cute Sloth Sticky Notes Page Flags Index Tabs for Sloth Lovers Kids Office School Reading • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Constellation Theme Colorful Bookmarks, 30 PCS • Amazon Business $7.47 1 $7.47
Cute Feather Shaped Colorful Bookmarks for Kids Teens Boys Girls Women, 30PCS (Feather Dream) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Stickers for Water Bottles Big 30-Pack Cute,Waterproof,Aesthetic,Trendy Stickers for Teens,Girls Perfect for Waterbottle,Laptop,Phone,Travel Extra Durable 100% Vinyl • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Cute Cat Theme Colorful Bookmarks for Kids Teens Boys Girls Women, 30PCS (Cat's Paw) • Amazon Business $4.97 1 $4.97

Materials cost

$171.39

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.57

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$203.96

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$35.99

Total project goal

$239.95

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$239.95

4 Donors

-$197.75

Donations toward project cost

-$176.34

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$21.41

match offer

-$32.50

Match offer toward project cost

-$27.62

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$4.88

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$9.71

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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