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Ms. Hersh from Austin TX is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creative Analog Opportunities to Help My Digital Natives Unplug

Help me give my students opportunities to put down their electronic devices, explore creative activities, and engage with each other when they visit the library.

  • $535 goal

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My Students

Our school has approximately 1700 students, and over 75% receive free or reduced lunch. Our school is the most diverse traditional high school in our region, representing cultures from all around the world. Most of our students are immigrants, and the current political climate attacking immigrants has strained their collective mental health.

As the mural announces in 22 languages when you arrive, the library is the spot in the school where "all are welcome." The library is a safe space for my students, where they can read, do homework, visit with friends, and more.

But over my 7 years at my school, I've seen students in the library increasingly withdrawing into solitude through their personal technology.

My Project

Recently, we placed our limited selection of Legos on a table in the library for a week. I was thrilled to see two male students, who almost always choose to play video games individually whenever they visit the library, spend every morning and lunch hour that week at that table, building and designing next to each other. Just think how much more they could build and how many more students could get involved if I could offer them more Legos or new materials like Magnatiles to explore.

Through this project, I hope to expand and improve the creative and collaborative opportunities for students when they visit the library.

Similarly, when we placed a jigsaw puzzle on a library table, I saw different groups of students from all different grade levels whom I'd never seen interact before gather around the table, passing pieces back and forth to each other. To repeat the experience, we need more jigsaw puzzles.

And currently, students pick through our limited selection of games. What a joy it will be to offer them Uno without beat up, bent cards or Connect 4 without missing checkers and to introduce them to other games, from classics like Othello to new favorites like Exploding Kittens, too.

Thank you in advance for helping me inspire my students, in the safe surroundings of the library, to detach from their digital devices and re-engage with their world around them.

Ms. Hersh
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magna-Tiles 100-Piece Clear Colors Set – The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Tiles – Creativity and Educational – STEM Approved • Amazon Business $119.98 1 $119.98
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 • Amazon Business $47.99 1 $47.99
Mattel UNO Deluxe Card Game Tin • Amazon Business $16.55 2 $33.10
Ravensburger One Dot at a Time 1500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together Perfectly • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Ravensburger Giant Stow And Go • Amazon Business $20.86 1 $20.86
Unstable Unicorns Base Game • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Bgraamiens Puzzle-Blooming Color-1000 Pieces Color Challenge Blue Board Round Jigsaw Puzzles • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Exploding Kittens Card Game • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
BobRoss Premium 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Mayka Toy Block Tape - 2 Stud - Light Green - 6 Feet - 2 Pack (Compatible with Lego) • Amazon Business $19.85 1 $19.85
LEGO Classic Green Baseplate Supplement • Amazon Business $5.89 3 $17.67
Othello Classic Game (2 Player) • Amazon Business $16.83 1 $16.83
LEGO Classic Blue Baseplate 10714 Building Kit (1 Piece) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Hasbro Connect 4 Game • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Jenga Classic Game • Amazon Business $8.55 1 $8.55

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