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  • $758 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Mr. Bourgeois
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Digital Storytelling: Student Voices

My students need a DVD duplicator and DVDs.

My Students

Native Alaskans have been in the community I live in and work for 10000 years! They have survived and thrived in a region devoid of luxury where life is anything but simple. I hope to capture the stories, religion, and values of these people through the voices of my students.

My students are 100% Yup'ik (Alaska Native) speaking, ESL, learners.

Their home is a subsistence village of 600 served by a school of 200 K-12 students. With little funding in a community of 100% free and reduced lunch, this project will provide hardware tools for one of the poorest regions in the United States. Hoping to encourage student participation and reduce truancy and apathy, this project lets them teach the world about what matters to them: Yuuyaraq "The Yupik Way."

My Project

My students are of a people group once discouraged from speaking their native tongue and forbidden from practicing traditional hunting, fishing, dancing and song, just to name a few. Currently my students are underperforming and lack interest in contemporary academics. Hoping to bridge the gap between the modern world and that of their ancestors, this project will be the culmination of the collection of cultural resources over several years and from numerous sources. Many of the cultural practices of the community involve complex math, sciences, and even standards required for literature. By achieving both community and state-defined goals, I anticipate progress in leaps and bounds! Being able to share the results of this project in the form of DVD with the community, Donorschoose (part of Thank You's), and state, my students will demonstrate the effectiveness of place-based education and share their world view with others

By capturing oral stories from elders in the village and retelling them by students, my hope is to reduce apathy and increase interest in our class.

It will involve the community in the school, something not often done. Sharing what we create in class, via DVD, will benefit us all and record these valuable stories and experiences forever!

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Aleratec Silver Duplicator Grade DVD R x 100 4 7 GB storage media • CDW Inc. $54.30 1 $54.30
Kanguru DVD Duplicator 1 to 5 DVD duplicator Hi Speed USB • CDW Inc. $489.01 1 $489.01

Materials cost

$543.31

Vendor shipping charges

$54.33

State sales tax

$8.15

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.15

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$643.94

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$113.64

Total project goal

$757.58

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$757.58

3 Donors

-$757.58

Donations toward project cost

-$643.94

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$113.64

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$0.00

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 999 students.

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