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Mrs. Moreno from Albuquerque NM is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creative Writing

My students need foam boards, calligraphy pens, fountain pens, and gel pens to be excited about writing and to create a variety of presentations.

  • $421 goal

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My Students

This school is a Title I school. The students at this school come from a variety of cultures and family situations. The students from this community have rare opportunities to excel in their academics and little opportunity to explore the wonderful world of art music, and technology. The neighborhood consists of many low income apartments and properties. Opportunities are few and far between.

I am amazed at the excitement to compose and create wonderful, adventurous, and unique stories using writing tools as a way to bring in student's creativity and love for writing.

Students in our school lack the essential tools to compose and create many basic visual presentations such as, country brochures, country flags and maps, as well as others. Students are asked to purchase a variety of presentation tools, but for many it is difficult. We really try to give each student the same benefits as and tools as everyone else.

My Project

The foam boards will be used to do a big project where the students will learn about topographical maps. The students will create a topographical map of a country on the foam boards using salt dough. The students will learn about the map key and paint the map accordingly. Students also create a travel brochure to go along with the map and flag. Maps, brochures, and flags will be displayed in the hall for all to take part in.

I am amazed at how excited students are to do writing activities using a variety of colors, textures, and tools other than regular pencils and pens.

Students will use the variety of pens (ink, gel, different colors) to experiment with and to do final writings. The students actually enjoy using ink and calligraphy pens as the tips allow them to add a flair to what they are writing. The ink in the pens are running out from the constant use, and we need more. Students are slowing down with their work because they want it to be perfect. Using a variety of colors has allowed students to be creative with their cursive and their writing. Students are excited to use these tools in a variety of writings such as: letters, cards, stories, notes, drawings, poster presentations, and etc. The writing area is the busiest area in the classroom. It is so fun to watch them create and illustrate.

During this past year, we were lucky enough to get a Fire HD tablet donated to our class. I have noticed that it has been dropped many times, I am hoping that getting a case for it will help protect it a little better and that it is available for student use. Never really realized how important it was to protect.

Mrs. Moreno
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elmer's 900109 Foam Board, White Surface with White Core, 20 x30, 25 Boards/Carton • Amazon Business $57.48 1 $57.48
Kuretake Calligraphy Pen - 12 Color Set • Amazon Business $16.40 2 $32.80
Zig Memory System Calligraphy Markers, Multicolor, 8-Pack • Amazon Business $13.61 2 $27.22
Metallic Calligraphy Brush Marker Pens - Set of 10 Colors, Metallic Color Painting Pen for Rock Painting, Mug Design, Card Making, Script Lettering, DIY Photo Album (Brush Tip) • Amazon Business $13.50 2 $27.00
Thornton's Office Supplies Disposable Fountain Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, Pack of 12 • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Itoya CL-100 Double Header Calligraphy Marker Set(6 colors) • Amazon Business $12.65 2 $25.30
Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen Set, 1.5 mm, 2.4 mm, 3.8 mm and 6 mm with Bonus Ink Cartridge (P9005SET) • Amazon Business $23.59 1 $23.59
Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens, 7-Pack Pouch, Assorted Color Inks (90029) • Amazon Business $11.74 2 $23.48
3 BOXES: Pilot Parallel Pen Ink Refills for Calligraphy Pens, Assorted Colors, 12 Cartridges per Pack (77312) • Amazon Business $9.13 2 $18.26
Reaeon 200 Gel Pens Coloring Set 100 Gel Pen plus Refills for Adults Coloring Books Drawing Painting Writing Art Markers • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Gel Pens Colors Set, Reaeon 160 Unique Colored Gel Pen for Adults Coloring Books Drawing Art Markers • Amazon Business $16.69 1 $16.69
All-New Fire HD 8 Case,Fire HD 8 Kids Case,SNOW Kids Shock Proof Protective Cover Case for Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (6th Generation,2016 Release & 7th Generation,2017 Release) (0rose) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Speedball Elegant Writer 6 Broad Calligraphy Markers Set, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79

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