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Mrs. Skaparas from Worcester MA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Distance Learning, Communication Does Not Stop!

Help me give my students a laminator and related materials to create a durable means to communicate their wants and needs while learning from home.

  • $523 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students I serve have a wide variety of disabilities, which impact their ability to communicate. Most of my students are from low-income households, have limited or no access to technology, and are learning from home without hands-on materials and/or picture supports.

My Project

Unfortunately, with the abrupt ending of school, many of my minimally verbal students have been left without a means to communicate at home. Their communication systems, schedules, and picture symbols were left at school. Buildings are closed, but communication should not have to stop.

Parents are longing to functionally communicate with and provide structure for their children.

Children and families are getting frustrated. A way to help them is to provide pre-made tangible picture supports individualized to their home environment needs. I have the program to create the visuals electronically; however, I do not have the necessary materials.

In order to create supports, laminator, laminating sheets, printing paper, colored printer ink, and velcro dots are required. I will then be able to prepare lasting and durable picture schedules and symbols to aid my students in communicating their basic wants and needs.

Lastly, in order to follow the strict social distancing guidelines and keep everyone safe, I will need to mail these materials directly to my students. Envelopes and stamps will be a necessity for me to ship the materials in a timely manner. We are living in uncertain times. I want to do everything in my power to lessen the burden of the families that I serve. Please join me in providing the gift of communication. Your generous donation will make this happen!

Mrs. Skaparas
Grades PreK-2
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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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scotch Thermal Laminator with 20 Letter Size Pouches, 13" Wide (TL1302VP) • Staples Advantage $105.59 1 $105.59
Scotch Laminating Sheets, Menu Size, 25 Pouches (TP3856-25) • Staples Advantage $25.36 3 $76.08
Brother LC3033 Color INKvestment Tank Ink Cartridges, Super High Yield, 3/Pack • Staples Advantage $64.49 1 $64.49
Staples 30% Recycled 8.5" x 11" Copy Paper, 20 lbs, 92 Brightness, 5000/Carton (112350/461757) • Staples Advantage $48.90 1 $48.90
Flowers from The Garden Book of 20 USPS First Class Postage Stamps American Celebrate Beauty • Amazon Business $22.07 2 $44.14
Brother LC3033BK Black INKvestment Tank Ink Cartridge, Super High Yield • Staples Advantage $32.99 1 $32.99
Vkey 500pcs (250 Pair Sets) 3/4" Diameter Sticky Back Coins Self Adhesive Compatible with Hook and Loop Dots Tapes White-Delivery by FBA • Amazon Business $7.59 2 $15.18
JAM Paper 9" x 12" Open End Catalog Envelopes, Brown Kraft Manila, 50/Pack (4132i) • Staples Advantage $10.49 1 $10.49
Staples EasyClose Security Tinted #10 Business Envelopes, 4 1/8" x 9 1/2", White, 100/Box (50308) • Staples Advantage $10.26 1 $10.26

Materials cost

$408.12

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.12

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$444.24

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$78.40

Total project goal

$522.64

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$522.64

2 Donors

-$261.32

Donations toward project cost

-$222.12

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$39.20

match offer

-$261.32

Match offer toward project cost

-$222.12

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$39.20

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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