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Ms. Calin from Charlotte NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Diggin' for Science, Post-in' for Reading, and Bin-in' Our Library!

My students need science kits, bins to organize the library, Post-it notes for reader's workshop, and whiteboard markers for everyday math engagement!

  • $1,690 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Last year, I transitioned to a new school in Charlotte, NC. I now have the honor of leading a group of amazing educators and students in my focus area: math.

Our students are incredibly bright so it pains me that they lack simple, basic resources and opportunities that they need to succeed.

Most of my scholars are growing up below the poverty line (98%) and the area in which I teach is dangerous at times. However, they are in an area rich with culture and community. Things get done in our little area, regardless of the lack of resources. I have parents who sacrifice so much to provide for our babies. Nonetheless, the opportunity gap in my school is a strong reality.

I would not trade my babies for the world! I would, however, like to provide them with a strong, well structured learning environment that gives them the foundations they need for lifelong learning.

My Project

This is our biggest project yet. I asked my kiddos what will help our class for next year and they were adamant about a few things: hands on science learning, whiteboard markers to do math and collaborate, post-it's for making notes in the book they are reading so they can share their thoughts without forgetting, and their big request, bins to organize all of our books! The science kits will give my students access to their first science labs. Yes, their first and they are in 4th grade. The markers are my scholar's favorite way to engage in math. They make math fun and put lets pressure on my students because they view the whiteboards as a "rough draft" of their problem solving. The post-it's are essential to Reader's Workshop. This year we used cut up pieces of paper and it was a mess! Last, but most important, are the book bins. Our library was all over the place this year! My students spent 3x's as long looking for books and it was always out of order. Try as I might to keep it neat, we decided having color coded bins would make the library easy to navigate and finding a book less frustrating.

My students value the opportunity to pilot their own learning.

Whether that be in exploring fossils, rocks, and minerals, or making sense of math with a partner, my students want access to resources that will afford them the opportunity to do all of those things. I couldn't be more proud of my students for naming their needs and wants and I hope together, we can provide all this for them.

Ms. Calin
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 64 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GG965X - Help-Yourself Book Bins - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 12 $479.88
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3" x 3", Rio de Janeiro and Bora Bora Colors, 48 Pad • Amazon Business $34.98 3 $104.94
EXPO 1921062 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Tip, Black, 36-Count • Amazon Business $20.22 5 $101.10
X-ACTO High Volume Commercial Electric Pencil Sharpener, Model 41, Beige • Amazon Business $60.28 1 $60.28
Fossil Collection Sorting Activity Kit with over 100 Pcs (more than 20 different fossil varieties!), Educational ID Sheet, Color ID Cards, Bags, Magnifying Glass, and Shark Teeth, Dancing Bear Brand • Amazon Business $29.95 2 $59.90
Rock & Mineral Collection Activity Kit (Over 150 Pcs) , Educational Identification Sheet plus 2 Easy Break Geodes, Fossilized Shark Teeth and Arrowheads, Dancing Bear Brand • Amazon Business $27.95 2 $55.90
Rock Science Kit & Mineral Sciene Kit Bundle Set • Amazon Business $23.95 2 $47.90
PP181 - Giant Classroom Timer • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
Expo 80001 Low Odor Chisel Point Dry Erase Markers, Low Odor Alcohol-Based Ink, Designed for Whiteboards, Glass and Most Non-Porous Surfaces, Black, 12 Units per Box, Pack of 6 Boxes, 72 Markers Total • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3" x 3", Rio de Janeiro and Bora Bora Colors, 48 Pad • Amazon Business $34.98 1 $34.98
AmazonBasics Wood-cased Pencils - #2 HB - Box of 144 • Amazon Business $8.67 4 $34.68
HH828 - Children’s Timer - Set of 6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $32.99 1 $32.99
Dig A Dino Excavation Kit 3 Pack • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Post-it Notes Value Pack, 3 in x 3 in, Canary Yellow, 36-Pads/Pack, 90 Sheets/Pad • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Post-it Notes, 3" x 3", Cape Town Collection, 18-Pads/Cabinet Pack, 100-Sheets/Pad (654-18CTCP) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Wireless Presenter PPT Clicker with Mouse Mode ,Rechargeable Presentation Remote, 2.4GHz Powerpoint PPT Pointer Presentation Remote Control - Upgrade Version • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Post-it Greener Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Helsinki Collection, 24 Pads/Cabinet Pack (654R-24CP-AP) • Amazon Business $16.72 1 $16.72
Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life (True Books: Earth Science (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.60 2 $13.20
You Can Be a Paleontologist!: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott (Science & Nature) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $10.28 1 $10.28
Post-it Recycled Super Sticky Pop-up Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Bora Bora Collection, 6 Pads/Pack • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
Curious About Fossils (Smithsonian) • Amazon Business $3.85 2 $7.70
Fossils Tell of Long Ago (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Let's Go Rock Collecting (Let'S-Read-And-Find-Out Science. Stage 2) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $4.65 1 $4.65
Belkin Speaker and Headphone 3.5 mm AUX Audio Cable Splitter • Amazon Business $2.99 1 $2.99

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