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Ms. Posluszny from Union City NJ is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating a Mini Classroom Economy

Help me give my students materials to turn our class into a functioning and efficient economy!

  • $586 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom is full of creative students who are eager to learn. Their passion and excitement when they arrive at school motivates me to be the best possible teacher, for them. For many of my students, they look forward to school because it is a place where they only have to worry about themselves. As a result, I think it's important that they learn how to take care of themselves from both an educational and financial standpoint.

My students love coming to school because it's a place where they can feel important, comfortable and have fun!

I strive so hard to make my students feel welcome in my classroom and to make each student aware of the value that they personally add to our classroom. As a result, they very much understand that they are an asset to our community, and this belief motivates them to show up every day, on time, and makes them excited about receiving a quality education. I work tirelessly to let my students know that I believe in them, in hopes that they will also believe in themselves.

My Project

I want to turn my classroom into a mini economy in an effort to intertwine my daily lessons with life lessons about responsibility, job performance, and managing money based on needs and wants through fun and experiential learning. All students will be assigned a job that helps the classroom to function properly, just like jobs in the real world help our economy prosper. While all students will receive an equal pay (with fake money), those who exceed the expectations of the job may be rewarded bonuses, while other students may be docked pay for "missing work" or unsatisfactory job performance.

By bringing real-world scenarios into the classroom of performing jobs to earn (fake) money, students can see and feel the impact of their decisions to save, spend, and budget.

Just as adults are responsible for paying for shelter, students will be responsible for renting out a desk and novel from the classroom each month. We will consider this a necessity, as it is a required tool for their performance in the classroom. There will be supplemental items, or luxuries, such as pencils, markers, pens, or candy that students will have the option to purchase with their funds, should they find they need or want these items when in the class. Depending on the given day or needs of the students, prices may fluctuate for these luxury items, implementing knowledge of the supply and demand market. Students will have to learn to budget their money each month for their necessities and become more responsible in balancing their wants with their needs to get through each day in class.

Ms. Posluszny
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Post-it Super Sticky Mini Easel Pad, 15 x 18 Inches, 20 Sheets/Pad, 3 Pads, White Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper (577-3PK) • Amazon Business $40.01 1 $40.01
Hex Pencils (Full Size Hex Pencil with #2 Lead Available in a Variety of Colors) (Tested Non Toxic) (Latex Free Eraser) (Classroom Pencils) (Bulk Box of 144) (Neon Pink) • Amazon Business $33.93 1 $33.93
IRIS USA, Inc TB-42 12 Quart Stack & Pull Box, Multi-purpose Storage Bin, 6 Pack, Pearl • Amazon Business $32.99 1 $32.99
Clipboards (Set of 30) by Office Solutions Direct! ECO Friendly Hardboard Clipboard Pack, Low Profile Clip Standard A4 Letter Size, Classroom Supplies • Amazon Business $32.95 1 $32.95
Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Broad Line Markers, 40 Classic Colors, Gift For Kids • Amazon Business $16.10 2 $32.20
Sterilite 19638606 Large Clip Box, Clear with Blue Aquarium Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $25.69 1 $25.69
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, Miami Colors, Sticks and Resticks, Great for Reminders, Large Pack, 3 in. x 3 in, 24 Pads/Pack, 70 Sheets/Pad (654-24SSMIA-CP),Multicolor • Amazon Business $22.98 1 $22.98
EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted, 36 Count (Pack of 1) • Amazon Business $18.37 1 $18.37
STERILITE 18038612 Flip Top, Clear, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $17.80 1 $17.80
Sharpie 1761791 Accent Pocket Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colored, 24-Count • Amazon Business $8.48 2 $16.96
Double Six Professional Dominoes - White with Black Dots, Case Color May Very • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
Sharpie Plastic Point Stick Water Resistant Pen, Ink, Fine, Pack of 12, Black (1742663) • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
LIFE SAVERS Mints Wint-O-Green Hard Candy 50-Ounce Party Size Bag (Pack of 2) • Amazon Business $14.07 1 $14.07
Paper Mate InkJoy 100RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Assorted, 20 Pack (1951396) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Sharpie 15001 Box of 12 Sharpie King Size Chisel Tip Permanent Markers • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
SunWorks Heavyweight Construction Paper, 9 x 12 Inches, Bright White, 100 Sheets • Amazon Business $3.89 3 $11.67
Post-it Notes, 24 Pads/Pack, 1 3/8 in. x 1 7/8 in, Marseille Colors, America's #1 Favorite Sticky Note, Call Out Important Information, Recyclable (653-24APVAD) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
JOLLY RANCHER Assorted Candy, Bulk Candy, Blue Raspberry, Green Apple, Cherry, Grape and Watermelon, 5lb Bag • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Post-it(R) Notes, 4 in x 6 in, Marseille Collection, Lined, 5 Pads/Pack, 100 Sheets/Pad (660-5PK-AST) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Blue Panda Play Money for Kids - $44,590 in Board Game Money Replacement, Pretend Dollar Bills, 455 Bills Total, 65 of Each Denomination, Small Bills, 4 x 2.2 Inches • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
SOUR PATCH KIDS Big Individually Wrapped Soft & Chewy Candy, 240 Count • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
EAI Education CleanWipe Microfiber Cloths - Set of 10 • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb / 176 gsm, "Spectrum" 25-Color Assortment, 75 Sheets (80944-01) • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
Quickie Stand and Store Stand & Store Lobby Broom and Dustpan Set (487), 1-Pack • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Neenah Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 8.5 X 11 Inches, 72 Count (46407-01) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Airheads Candy Bars, Variety Stocking Stuffers Bulk Box, Chewy Full Size Fruit Taffy, Gifts, Back to School for Kids, Non Melting, Party 60 Count (Packaging May Vary), 60 Variety Airheads • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48

Materials cost

$460.80

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.91

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$497.71

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$87.83

Total project goal

$585.54

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$585.54

10 Donors

-$291.71

Donations toward project cost

-$249.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.96

match offer

-$291.72

Match offer toward project cost

-$247.96

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$43.76

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.11

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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