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Mrs. Rothweiler from Dubuque IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom Environment

Help me give my students a trauma sensitive classroom environment filled with 1 Cozy Cove/Safe Spot, calming sensory items, stories and visuals that makes them feel safe, respected, and meets their social and emotional needs.

  • $1,070 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As an early childhood/special education teacher in a low-income/high poverty/Title 1 school, my students are faced with several challenges, including trauma, both in and out of the classroom. Yet, my young students come to preschool eager to learn and explore their world every day.

Within my diverse classroom of young learners, I am blessed to teach English Language Learners, children with special needs, academically high, average and low learners and children with very limited life experiences outside of the impoverished school neighborhoods where they live.

My Project

These materials will help me create a more trauma sensitive classroom environment. By adding a safe spot/cozy cube, children will know there is a place they can go to think, calm and regroup their feelings. Over time, my sensory items and visuals have been broken by strong emotions. These new items will fill my need for new sensory and visuals materials.

Poverty, non-traditional family structures, crime, food and shelter are just some of the trauma my young children experience everyday.

Please support my classroom by funding these items as I strive to understand and create a more trauma sensitive classroom environment, and continue to integrate best practices, along already existing initiatives, discipline procedures, and MTSS process.

Mrs. Rothweiler
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC805 - Quiet Time Privacy Cube • Lakeshore Learning Materials $279.00 1 $279.00
DD965X - Lakeshore Pose & Play Families - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $74.99 2 $149.98
RANGE OF EMOTIONS PUZZLE SET • School Specialty $68.15 1 $68.15
CE501 - Magnetic Field Wonder Window • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 2 $59.98
SNUGGLE WRAP BLUE • School Specialty $57.29 1 $57.29
LC806 - Cushion for Quiet Time Privacy Cube • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
FIDGET STRETCHY PETS SET OF 2 • School Specialty $44.51 1 $44.51
RR543 - The Rainbow Fish Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
ES130 - Hoberman Sphere® • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
WHEEL FIDGET • School Specialty $14.90 1 $14.90
EMOJI CUBES • School Specialty $9.44 1 $9.44

Materials cost

$793.21

Vendor shipping charges

$19.43

State sales tax

$54.33

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.90

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$908.87

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$160.39

Total project goal

$1,069.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,069.26

4 Donors

-$1,064.26

Donations toward project cost

-$904.62

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$159.64

match offer

-$5.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$4.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.75

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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