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Mrs. Castera from Lehigh Acres FL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need notebooks, pens, highlighters and portfolio to teach them how to take notes and to be organized. This gesture will boost their confidence and skills.

  • $531 goal

This project expired on December 18, 2015.

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My Students

My students have to take notes and write new words daily. The biggest challenge we face is the lack of resources needed to help them."Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope" by Kofi Annan and I believe it. At the end of the year, I would like my students to be passionate readers and writers.

My students are from different walks of life.

They are from a Title 1 school and they receive free breakfast and free lunch. They love to read and write. They love to create projects and love when I can take their imagination to another level. My school has come from an F school to a C school and now we want to raise it to an A school. It means that our students will necessitate a lot of mentoring and resources to help them succeed. To drive them to success, I must teach them to be proactive and think win-win by using their notebooks effectively.

My Project

My students will use the materials weekly to write essays that correlate with the standards we are learning. They will use the highlighters to organize their thoughts, to locate main ideas, to write short stories and to write extended responses. My students will use these materials to create data folders with the goal of tracking their progress, their growth and to talk to parents during conferences and Parent nights. With the folders, my students will be able to label, organize and learn how to keep a folder in perfect condition throughout the year. All my students will learn how to become great writers especially my ESE students who have been struggling for so long. They will feel confident that someone else cares about them and that will increase their desire to learn. Without these materials, my students' work will be lost and I will not be able to monitor their progress. I will not be able to share their growths with their parents and my Principal.

The donation of these materials will help my students build confidence that although they are low level learners, they can succeed by developing skills that they can apply in the real world.

The materials will develop their passion for writing and will instill in them a lifetime desire to achieve more just because we saw that they were motivated and engaged.

Mrs. Castera
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mead Composition Notebook, College-Ruled, 100 Sheets, 12 Pack (72938) • Amazon Business $22.57 9 $203.13
Top Flight Two Pocket Portfolio with Tangs, Assorted Colors, 6 Pack (4660255) • Amazon Business $9.29 9 $83.61
BIC Brite Liner Highlighter, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 5-Count • Amazon Business $4.99 9 $44.91
Crayola Colored Pencils Long 24 in a Pack (Pack of 4) 96 Pencils Total • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Pendaflex Two-Tone Color File Folders, Letter Size, 1/3 Cut, Assorted Colors, 100 Folders per Box (152 1/3 ASST) • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
Mead Spiral Notebook, 1 Subject, 70 College Ruled Sheets, Assorted Colors, 6 PACK (73065) • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
1 Subject 70 Sheet Spiral Bound Notebook - Six Pack Bundle - One Notebook of Each Color - Blue, Black, Yellow, Red, Purple and Green (Wide Ruled) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
AmazonBasics Hanging File Folders - Letter Size (25 Pack) - Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Mead Spiral Notebook 1-Subject, 70-Count, Wide Ruled, COLOR WILL VARY, 4 Pack (72873) • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23
Sharpie Accent Tank-Style Highlighters, Fluorescent Yellow, 12 Pack (25025) • Amazon Business $5.05 1 $5.05
Mead Filler Paper, Loose Leaf Paper, Wide Ruled, 200 Sheets/Pack (15200) • Amazon Business $2.97 1 $2.97
Elmer's Washable All-Purpose School Glue Stick, 0.24 oz, Pack of 4 (E542) • Amazon Business $2.03 1 $2.03

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