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Mrs. Friend from Bellmawr NJ is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Cool, Calm, and Collected!

Help me give my students wobble stools, balance balls, chair bands, and lots of fidgets to help them stay cool, calm, collected, and ready to learn!

  • $445 goal

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My Students

"You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo or a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel." -Pablo Casals

My job is to nurture and love some of the most amazing marvels there are.

These children, however, have exceptional needs, especially when interacting with each other.

My students are in third and fourth grade and are all placed in a multiple disabilities, self-contained classroom. They all have exceptional needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, specific learning disabilities, seizure disorders, communication impairments, emotional disabilities, ​and other health impairments. The majority of my students receive free lunch and live well below the poverty line. Even without the odds in their favor, they are a resilient, happy, energetic group of children. They make me proud of all they accomplish each day. They have a love of learning and an intense love for each other. These children give me a reason to wake up each morning and go to the job that I love so much.

My Project

All of my students can have trouble focusing and keeping their bodies calm at times. I always provide them with fidgets and stim toys to help increase attention and stay calm while they work. Things they can hold in their hands, like bubble wands, textured balls, and sensory gloves, can help keep their hands calm. Things they can kick with their feet, like chair bands, allow their feet to move but the rest of their bodies to stay calm. Wobble chairs allow them to move in their seats but help them to focus on their tasks.

These wobble seats, fidgets, and stim toys allow their bodies to move in a way that isn't distracting to their peers​ but is calming for them.

These sensory tools really help them to stay calm! A calm student is a student ready to learn!

Mrs. Friend
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kore Wobble Chair - Flexible Seating Stool for Classroom, Elementary School, ADD/ADHD - Made in USA - Junior- Age 8-9, Grade 3-4, Blue (16in) • Amazon Business $70.98 2 $141.96
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Blue, 52cm • Amazon Business $19.42 2 $38.84
Chair Bands (12-Pack)-Fidget Resistance Chair Bands for Kids with Sensory Needs-Kicking Improves Concentration for Students with Autism ADHD SPD, for School Chairs Desk Classroom • Amazon Business $25.87 1 $25.87
Toysmith Mini Spiral Glitter Wands (6.5 Inches) Complete Gift Set Party Bundle - 6 Pack (Assorted) • Amazon Business $22.69 1 $22.69
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors (4 Pack) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Hairy Tangle Junior • Amazon Business $9.27 2 $18.54
DNA Stress Balls [3 Pack] - Squeezing Stress Relief Ball - for Kids & Adults- Stress Squishy Toys for Autism, ADHD, Bad Habits & More- Risk-Free Sensory Rubber Ball • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
TheAwristocrat 9 Spiky Silicone Slap Bracelets - Rainbow of Colors - Soft & Safe for Kids Boys & Girls Party Favors - Durable - ADHD Sensory Toys • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
Orangoblue Kids Spiky gloves Fidget Sensory Toy, 4/Pack (colors may vary) • Amazon Business $11.27 1 $11.27
Sensory Ring and Fidget Toy | Soft, Flexible Ring and Rubber Spikes | Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety| Promotes Focus and Clarity | Children, Youth, Adults Sensory Toys • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Impresa Products Spiky Slap Bracelets / Slap Bands (3 Pack) - Great Sensory Toys / Fidget Toys - BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Neliblu Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids - Snake Puzzles, Assorted Colors, (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
FIDGET TOYS(Package of 10, 5 colors) Stress Relieve toy, Focus Enhance, Soothing Marble Fidgets for Children and Adults, has helped with ADHD ADD OCD Autism, Depressions and Anxiety disorders • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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