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Ms. Baltren from Portland ME is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Different People Need Different Things

Help me give my students the tools they need to be successful in class.

  • $701 goal

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My Students

Our school serves over 400 Kindergarten through 5th grade students in Portland, Maine.

Our city, community, and our students are very diverse and have a wide range of needs.

We work hard to ensure that we are systematically meeting academic, social/emotional, and other developmental needs of all our students.

As a school counselor, I work with all 440 of these students in some capacity to ensure they all have the skills they need to succeed in school, college, and life.

My Project

Kids get antsy! And different students need different tools to help them focus. Sometimes its as simple as physical comfort - tools like an inflatable seat can help a student feel more comfortable on the floor and sit longer. Elastic bands allow kids to rest their feet or use their muscles when they are sitting at their desk. I've also requested pencil grippers to help students who are frustrated with writing and fine motor skills. Fidget can also develop fine motor skills while helping more tactile students focus on learning.

With these tools, we can try more strategies in the classroom to help all students be successful.

Many of the tools I have selected are used often in special education settings and with students who receive occupational therapy or physical therapy services. Having access to these tools to try in the general education setting allows our intervention teams to try new strategies with students who might need it, but don't necessarily need special education services.

Ms. Baltren
Grades 3-5
More than half of 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
KIT: SEATING SOLUTIONS - IN-SEAT OPTIONS - SET OF 10 • School Specialty $263.40 1 $263.40
BOUNCY BANDS FOR DESKS • School Specialty $14.19 5 $70.95
BOUNCY BANDS FOR CHAIRS • School Specialty $13.27 5 $66.35
PENCIL GRIP WRITING CLAW LARGE PACK OF 25 • School Specialty $46.85 1 $46.85
TANGLE JR TEXTURED • School Specialty $3.76 10 $37.60

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