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Ms. Skiba from Rochester NY is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cool Down and Healthy Mindfulness

My students need a space to take ownership of their emotional and mental wellness in a healthy and productive way.

  • $382 goal

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My Students

Our school is located in what's considered the highest poverty and crime rate and home to the lowest income families of Rochester, NY. More than 50% of the children of our children live in poverty. Our school's commitment has three focuses. First, we are committed to having five times as many students attend and graduate college compared to other local schools. Second, we are determined to have students become proficient within four years in both reading and math our third commitment is for all our scholars to giving back by uplifting their communities forever.

While this is not an easy task, our persistency for excellence is the driving force of success.

In the years to come, our students will actively play a significant role in their communities as we thrive for a better world.

My students face challenges from the very moment they wake up in the morning. I work with special needs students with disabilities ranging from emotional/behavioral disabilities, learning disabilities and autism. Despite the challenges they face daily these are students are unique and wonderful in their own ways. My goal is to create a positive learning environment where they feel safe and motivated to learn everyday.

My Project

As teachers, it is our duty to not only develop our students' academic growth, but their social and emotional growth as well. Our students need a cozy corner in which they may begin practicing mindfulness and the self-regulation of their own feelings and thoughts. When a student is feeling stressed, frustrated, angry, or sad, they will voluntarily go to the cool down corner. In the cool down corner, we have asked for silent sensory and fidget items to help students center themselves and come back to the academic instruction as quickly as possible in a healthy and productive way. We have asked for timed sand timers so that students may choose a length of time for their cool down and rejoin our class when they feel ready.

Students will have a variety of fidgets to choose from, such as glitter jars, stress balls, and other anti-anxiety tools.

These cool down corners pair directly with our weekly Social Emotional Learning blocks that teach our students to find ways to self-regulate and develop their emotional intelligence.

We want our students to take ownership of their emotional and mental wellness in a healthy and productive way. Please help us make our classroom complete!

Ms. Skiba
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Teacher Created Resources Small Sand Timers Combo Pack (20663) • Amazon Business $7.23 5 $36.15
Bapon Fidget Bag - Includes 14 Bundle Sensory Toys - Relieves Stress, Anxiety, Anti-Depression and Increases Focus • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.99 3 $20.97
Ronshion 14 Pack Bundle Fidget Sensory Toys Set-Bike Chain/Liquid Motion Timer/Rainbow Magic Ball/Stretchy String Toys/Squeeze-A-Bean Soybeans and Squeeze Grape Ball • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
SMALL FISH Fidget Toys Set, 16 Pcs. Sensory Tools Bundle Stress Relief Anti-Anxiety Kids Adults, Pack Squeeze Balls, Mesh Marble, Soybean Squeeze, Flippy Chain, Liquid Motion Timer & More • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Kinetic Sand NEON Colors GIFT SET! | Includes NEON PINK 5 oz. - NEON BLUE 5 oz. - NEON GREEN 5 oz. - NEON PURPLE 5 oz. | • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Set of 24 Emoji Face Foam Soft Stress Novelty Toy Balls (2.5") - Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Fansteck DNA Stress Ball, [4 Pack] Squeeze Ball / Stress Relief Ball for Kids and Adults, Sensory Rubber Ball, Ideal for Autism, Anxiety & More (4 Different Ball) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Bulk Lot of 2 Dozen World Stress Balls Earth Stress Relief Toys Therapeutic Educational Balls 24 Globe Squeeze 2 " Stress Balls • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
DNA Squishy Stress Ball (4-Pack) Squeeze, Color Sensory Toy | Relieve Tension, Anxiety, ADHD | Home, Travel and Office Use | Fun for Kids and Adults • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Homder 12 Pack Colorful Sensory Fidget Stretch Toys Helps Reduce Fidgeting Due to Stress and Anxiety for ADD, ADHD, Autism(6 Colors) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Spiky Sensory Balls (Pack of 5) - Squeezy and Bouncy Fidget Toys / Sensory Toys - BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Cevinee Extra Strong Fidget Toys (12 pack / 6 color) Sensory Fidgets - Release Anxiety and Stress, Improve Concentration - #1 ADHD Therapist Recommended for Kids and Adults • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Sensory Spiky Set - 3 Spiky Fidget Rings & 3 Spiky Stress Balls - Best Sensory Fidget Toy for Kids with ADD, Autism, & Sensory Needs • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
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 $10.50 1 $10.50
Kidsco Puffer Balls - 6 Pack Assorted Colors, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Pink and Purple, for Kids Sensory Stress Relief, Therapy Toy Favor, Goody Bag Filler. • Amazon Business $10.08 1 $10.08
BEIGUO Stress Balls Bulk Pack of 12 Stress Relax Toy Balls Stress Ball For Children Adults • 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 $8.17 1 $8.17
Educational Insights Playfoam Combo 8-Pack: Never Dries Out! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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