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Ms. Mandros from New Orleans LA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Spaces for Opportunity: Help Donate to Opportunities Academy

Help me give my students the school supplies and materials they need to be successful.

  • $535 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work with students who are in a post-secondary special education program and this program aims to model what a college experience would look like for students who are 18-22 years of age with special needs.

We focus on five areas of growth: daily living skills, accessing the community (this looks like being able to navigate public transportation systems, where to buy groceries, etc.), employability skills, lifelong learning skills, and personal skills.

We are aiming to really make a difference in the way society views individuals with special needs. These students are striving every day to be active members of their communities.

They want jobs, they want to push themselves by seeking a college education and in order to close the gap between what our students want to achieve and what they can achieve we need to give them more access. More access to supplies, to resources, and to people and teachers that care deeply and are invested in their success!

My Project

I am currently rolling into my second year of teaching at Opportunities Academy and having access to school supplies is key for my student's success!

Help me out by donating to my Donor's Choose project to make sure that my classroom is fully stocked with things like binders, pens, pencils, a carpet for my cozy corner, etc.

This will get them ready to go for my students when they come back to start the new year in August. It is so important that my students have a strong start at the beginning of the school year because the work we do is urgent. Our biggest goal at Opportunities Academy is setting our students up to be independent post-graduation from our program. The best way we can have a strong start and work towards our urgent goals is to make sure that we have the supplies to make that happen on day one. That means that they are set up with binders to keep their work organized, they have pens, pencils, and highlighters to complete critical work in their educational development. Supplies like laminators and other office products go into supporting our student-run internships and externships. These materials might seem low-leverage, but ensuring that students are 100% prepared is the biggest gift we can give them on day one of the new year!

Ms. Mandros
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wilson Jones 1-1/2 Inch 3 Ring Binders, Basic Round Ring View Binders, White, 12 Pack (W362-34WPK) • Amazon Business $35.49 4 $141.96
Ottomanson Grey Runner Area Rug, 5'3"X7'0", • Amazon Business $37.06 1 $37.06
Akro-Mils 10144 D 20-Inch by 16-Inch by 6-1/2-Inch Hardware and Craft Cabinet, Black • Amazon Business $27.86 1 $27.86
Plastic Folders with Pockets - Heavy-Duty 2 Pocket Folders, 6 Pack (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple) Colored Folders, for School and Homework, Hole Punched for Binder, Poly Two Pocket Folders • Amazon Business $8.99 3 $26.97
Home Plus Decorative Throw Pillow Covers Decorative Pillows Couch Cushion Covers 17X17 Set 4 Farmhouse Plaid Throw Pillow Covers Pillowcase Couch Bedroom Yellow Gold • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Best Dry Erase Markers (BULK SET OF 36!) in Assorted Colors - Usable on any Whiteboard Surface - Fine Point White Board Pens in 12 Different Colors - Including Black, Neon, Red, Green, Blue, More • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Bostitch QuietSharp Executive Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (EPS8HD-BLK) • Amazon Business $16.45 1 $16.45
Hook and Loop Dots Strips with Adhesive – 1000 PCs (500 Pairs) White Tiny Hook Loop Roll Coins – ¾ Inch (20 mm) Heavy Duty Sticky Back Coins – 3m Hook Tape Circles for Crafts, Classroom, Office, Home • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
SKKSTATIONERY Pre-sharpened pencils, Pencils Sharpened with eraser top, 2 HB pencil, 144/box. • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
1InTheOffice Desk Tray, Side Load Letter Tray"2 Pack" • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Better Office Products Sheet Protectors, 200 Piece • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
700 Paper Clips,Medium and Jumbo Size,Paperclips for Office School and Personal Use(28 mm,33mm,50 mm) (Silver) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 8 Pack • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Pentel Hi-Polymer Block Eraser, Large, White, Pack of 10 ZEH-10 Erasers (ZEH10PC10) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages for Wound Care and First Aid, All One Size, 100 ct • Amazon Business $6.88 1 $6.88
Avery Hi-Liter, Desk Style, Assorted Colors, Pack of 12 Highlighters (98034) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Swingline Staples, Standard, 1/4" Length, 210/Strip, 5000/Box, 5 Pack (35101) • Amazon Business $3.98 1 $3.98

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