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Ms. Parenti from Chicago IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating an Energetic and Comfortable Classroom for Middle Schoolers

My students need materials that they will use for dialogic discussion, as well as for showcasing their own ideas (chart paper, Post-it notes, chalk board). I have also included highly engaging books for my library.

  • $517 goal

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My Students

Do you remember being in middle school? Do you remember the anticipation of the first day, the excitement, as well as the anxiety that often times comes with leaving the elementary classroom and beginning the journey into secondary education? My students are starting this new chapter of their lives this year, and they are eager and nervous.

Over 90% of my students come from low income households, however this should not be reason for them to be held back in my classroom.

My students are beginning their journey of secondary education this year as they enter 6th grade, and they are excited and hopeful about this new chapter of their lives. Sixth graders are so special because they are full of energy and enthusiasm. I want to make sure I have the materials necessary to keep that spirit alive and ensure a positive and productive climate for my awesome students.

My Project

I will be using these materials to create a comfortable and engaging space for my incoming middle schoolers. I want to have enough pencils and notebooks so that no student has to come to class worried about not having materials. I have also added materials to make their learning experience interactive - a chalk board with colorful chalk where students can show off what they are reading during independent reading time, and see what I am reading in my own time as well. I also have included several packs of chart paper, markers, and Post-it notes that students will use to show their ideas to their peers. I have also included several books that I believe my students will find highly engaging in order to foster a love of reading and to provide books they will enjoy for their independent reading. Finally, I am requesting an air diffuser in order to ensure my classroom is a space that smells fresh and clean!

As a first year teacher, I have a very small collection of learning materials.

I am hoping to build this up before the school begins! Thank you so much for considering this project.

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

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 60 students.

17 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 6 Pads (559RP-VAD6), Large White Recycled Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Super Sticking Power • Amazon Business $118.86 1 $118.86
Post-it Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Cape Town Collection, 18 Pads/Cabinet Pack, 100 Sheets/Pad (654-18CTCP) • Amazon Business $21.99 3 $65.97
Mr. Sketch 2003992 Scented Washable Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 36 Count • Amazon Business $32.09 1 $32.09
Mead Spiral Notebook, College Ruled, 70 Sheets, 7.5" x 10.5", 24 Pack, Assorted Colors (05512-24) • Amazon Business $27.28 1 $27.28
PureSpa Essential Oil Diffuser — Compact Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser With Ionizer, Optional Color-Changing Light, and Up to 7 Hours Continuous Operation • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
JAM PAPER Plastic 2 Pocket School POP Folders - Assorted Primary Colors - 6/pack • Amazon Business $9.49 2 $18.98
The Board Dudes Chalk Boards Wood Frame 23 x 35 inches • Amazon Business $18.49 1 $18.49
Regal Games Chalk City - 100 Piece Jumbo Washable Sidewalk Chalk Bulk Box • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
SKKSTATIONERY Pre-sharpened pencils, Pencils Sharpened with eraser top, #2 HB pencil, 144/box. • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 gsm, “Brights” 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets (99608) • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Mega Set Of 12 Crayon Shaped Pencil Sharpeners W/ Eraser - Cover & Receptacle For Dirt Shaving - Pink, Blue, Green, and Purple - Perfect Kids, Students, Girls Gift! • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
The Skin I'm In • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bud, Not Buddy • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Stargirl • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Forged By Fire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Because of Winn-dixie • AKJ Education $5.28 1 $5.28
The Diary of a Young Girl • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $4.98 1 $4.98

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