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

Cool Down and Mindfullness

Help me give my students a space to take ownership of their emotional and mental wellness in a healthy and productive way. They need stress balls, fidget toys, and glitter wands.

  • $242 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 give back by uplifting their communities forever.

While this is not an easy task, our persistence 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 every day.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
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 2 $27.98
TANGLE Set of 3 Jr. Original Fidget Toy • Amazon Business $13.19 2 $26.38
DNA Stress Ball by VITAL TOYS- 3 Pack- Stress Balls for Kids Anxiety- Sensory Toys for Autistic Children- Stress Relief Fidgets for Classroom, Travel & More- Squeeze Ball for Kids & Adults • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Stretchy Resistance Fidget Bands Toy for Kids 3 Pack | Bounce, Kick & Stretch Your Feet | for ADHD, ADD, SPD, Autism & Poor Concentration | Improve Classroom Focus, Ameliorate Sensory Input • Amazon Business $12.85 2 $25.70
Toysmith Mini Spiral Glitter Wands (6.5 Inches) Complete Gift Set Party Bundle - 6 Pack (Assorted) • Amazon Business $22.95 1 $22.95
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 $10.80 2 $21.60
Therapeutic Putty for Kids and Adults by Playlearn USA | Thinking Fidget Putty and Occupational, Physical Therapy Putty for Hands and Wrists | 5 Resistance Types - Soft to Extra Firm | Complete Set • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

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