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Ms. Verish from Milwaukee WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating a Cozy Classroom

My students need a Cozy Corner Canopy, a CD/Cassette player, 24 book buddy bags, 3 Calming Colors Soft Seats, 19 journals, 72 pencils, a set of Henry & Mudge audiobooks, a treasure chest, & prizes.

  • $599 goal

This project expired on November 29, 2018.

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My Students

My students are a diverse group of students from many cultures and backgrounds. Many live in poverty, with their families working multiple jobs to make ends meet. Each year many experience homelessness and trauma. That means developing strong relationships with each one is important. That also means creating a classroom they want to be in.

I want our classroom to be a warm, inviting place where they feel safe, are willing to take risks, and will tumble head-first into learning.

My Project

Learning to read is such an important part of what we hope 1st graders will learn. Some of my students have books at home, but many do not many books in their homes. In addition some have a lot going on once they leave school. Some families are working multiple jobs and struggle to find time to read with their children, while others are experiencing being homeless. Creating a warm, vibrant classroom offers them a wonderful place to come to learn.

This year I'd like to transform our classroom reading area into a cozy, fun place to curl up with a good book.

I want them to simply fall in love with reading. The Cozy Corner Canopy is an enchanting way to do so. The soft seats will be used in the canopy as a comfy place to sit and are in soft, calming colors. The CD/Cassette player will be used in our listening station, as the one we've had for years has broken. There is also a great set of Henry & Mudge audiobooks that are always a hit with 1st graders.

Another part of this project is having a treasure chest full of fun prizes to celebrate students' growth, being a good friend, setting and meeting goals, & being a role model. We have a mystery student each day and if that student did their best, we like to celebrate with them by having them pick something special.

Ms. Verish
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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9 donors9 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CE326 - Classroom CD/Cassette Player with Bluetooth® • Lakeshore Learning Materials $129.00 1 $129.00
FF185 - Cozy Corner Canopy • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
BG507 - Best-Buy Book Bags - Set of 6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 4 $43.96
U.S. Toy Plastic Pirate Treasure Chest Box for Party Favors and Small Toys • Amazon Business $33.50 1 $33.50
RE224 - Henry and Mudge in the Green Time Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning Materials $28.50 1 $28.50
Chalk City - Party Pack Sidewalk Chalk 30 Jumbo 3 -Pack Sets of MultiColor Sidewalk Chalk for Party Favors (90 Chalks Total) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
72 Pencils Total (6 packs of 12 count pencils)Dixon Ticonderoga Black Wood-Cased Black Writing No. 2 Soft Noir Pencils ,Holographic Design • Amazon Business $14.12 1 $14.12
Joyin Toy 12 Pack 14’’ Big Bubble Wand Assortment (1 Dozen) - Super Value Pack of Summer Toy Party Favor • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Silly Putty Gift Set - 10 Pack Bundle Metallic Original Changeable Glow w/ T Samuel Impressions • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Mega Lei Assortment 50 count • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Monet Water Lilies Notebook (Decorative Notebooks) • Amazon Business $1.99 6 $11.94
WXBOOM 15pcs Kids Animal Sunglasses for Hawaii Luau Party • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
DD381MN - Calming Colors® Soft Seat - Mint Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
DD381SG - Calming Colors® Soft Seat - Sage Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
DD381SB - Calming Colors® Soft Seat - Sky Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
ArtCreativity 8-Point Pinwheels Set (Pack of 24) | Assorted Colors | Fun Carnival Toy and Party Favor | Amazing Gift Idea for Boys and Girls Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Van Gogh's Starry Night Notebook • Amazon Business $1.99 5 $9.95
Butterfly Notebook • Amazon Business $1.99 5 $9.95
Invisible disappearing ink pen marker secret spy message writer with uv light fun activity for kids party favors ideas gifts and stock stuffers, (12 Pack) By SyPen • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Child Nose, Eyebrows and Mustache Glasses (12 Pack) 3 1/2". Plastic. • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Einstein Notebook (Decorative Notebooks) • Amazon Business $1.99 3 $5.97

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