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Mrs. Garcia from Houston TX is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Earning Money, Spending Wisely

Help me give my students play money, candy, and small toys to learn how to earn money and spend it wisely.

  • $501 goal

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My Students

Pre-kindergarten is a grade full of great memories for students and teachers. This is the first time these little ones get out of their homes independently. My twenty-two little students are four to five-year-olds, living their very first academic experience of their lives. All of them are English learners and most of them are economically disadvantaged.

Last year, my whole district was affected by Hurricane Harvey.

We had to leave our school and were separated into four different campuses. Those schools did not have enough classrooms for us, so we had to teach in libraries, gyms, stages and other available space. It was very difficult, but we got through it somehow.

I am aware that all my students had to deal with Harvey in their homes because the hurricane affected all the areas that our district covers. I will have to be there to assure them that they are safe being away from home and that their needs will be met.

My Project

The items I requested for this project (candy and small toys) will be used to open up a classroom store in which students can buy candies or small toys with play money that they will earn by performing various tasks. Each task (attendance, homework, good behavior, active participation) will have a certain amount of money and as students complete the tasks, they will be awarded that amount of money. This will teach my students the importance of working hard to earn the money that they will spend, but it will also teach them to save their money if they want something that is more expensive than what they earned that week. It is never too early to teach kids how to earn money and spend it wisely!

Mrs. Garcia
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Winkeyes 100pcs Prop Money 1 Dollar Bills Play Money Realistic Copy Paper Money Full Print 2 Sided for Movie Game Kids School Students • Amazon Business $11.74 2 $23.48
M&M'S Variety Mix Chocolate Fun Size Candy 85.23-Ounce 150-Piece Bag • Amazon Business $20.69 1 $20.69
Pack of 250 Play Coin Set - Includes 10 Half-Dollars, 40 Quarters, 50 Dimes, 50 Nickels, 100 Pennies Fake Plastic Coins - Pretend Money - Great Teaching Tool, Prop, Kids Toy, 0.98 Inches in Diameter • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
URSKYTOUS 60Pcs Animal Pencil Erasers Bulk Kids Japanese Come Apart Puzzle Eraser Toys for Party Favors, Classroom Prizes, Carnival Gifts and School Supplies(Random Designs) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Mikulala Birthday Party Favors for Kids Prizes Flashing 36 Pack LED Jelly Light Up Rings Toys Bulk Boys Girls Gift Blinky Glow in The Dark Party Supplies with 100 Glow Stars 9 Color 9 Shape • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Prextex 100 Pc Die Cast Toy Cars Party Favors Easter Eggs Filler or Cake Toppers Stocking Stuffers Cars Toys for Kids • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97
60 Bulk Pack Colorful Building Block Bricks Mini Notepads Spiral Notebooks Kids Carnival Birthday Theme Party Favor Supplies Decoration for Teens Girls Boys Teacher Children Classroom Rewards • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Kicko Mini Putty with Glitter - 48 Pack Assorted Neon Color Sludge - Educational Fidget Toy Ideal for Relaxation and Sensory Stimulation, Event Prizes, Goody Bags, Activity Set, Kids, Boys and Girls • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
DoitY 48-Piece Mini Bubble Wands Assortment Kids Party Favors Toys for Bath Time, Summer Outdoor Activities, Themed Birthday, Wedding • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Pixy Stix Candy Filled Fun Straws, 0.42 Ounce (Pack of 85) • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
Rainbow Spring Toy Assortment - (Pack of 50) Mini Plastic Coil Spring Toy | Bright Colors and Shapes, Goody Bag Filler & Party Prizes for Kids by Bedwina • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Bazooka Candy Brands, Lollipop Variety Pack 18Count Box • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
36 Building Block Novelty Bracelets for Lego Themed Children's Parties, Party Favor Goody Treat Bag Toys • Amazon Business $12.01 1 $12.01
Sour Punch 6" Wrapped Sour Straw Twists 4.23lb Jar • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Emoji Universe: Emoji LED Rings, 24 Pack • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
JOYIN Toy 72 PCs Slap Bracelets Valentines Day Party Favors Pack (24 Designs) with Colorful Hearts Animal Emoji and Unicorn for Valentines Gift and Classroom Exchange • Amazon Business $11.94 1 $11.94
OHill Food Erasers Pack of 46 Pencil Erasrs for Kids Pull Apart 3D Mini Erasers Assorted Food Cake Dessert Puzzle Erasers for Birthday Party Supplies Favors, School Classroom Rewards and Novelty Toys • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Airheads Bars, Chewy Fruit Candy, Variety Pack, Party, Non Melting, 90 Count (Packaging May Vary) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
240Count Bulk SOUR PATCH KIDS Sweet & Sour Candy, Individually Wrapped Pack • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
FUN DIP (Lik M Aid) 48ct • Amazon Business $10.26 1 $10.26
OHill 48 Pack Rainbow Unicorn Keychains Key Ring Decoration Birthday Party Favor Supplies • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Giraffe - Unicorn Stampers (50-Pack) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Raymond Geddes Here's Looking at You Eraser Pencil Toppers, Set of 50 (69005) • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Pentel Hi-Polymer Non-Abrasive Latex-Free Eraser Caps, White, Pack of 50 (Bundle) • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
Giraffe - Unicorn Slap Bracelets (50-Pack) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
OHill Pack of 28 3D Outer Space Pencil Erasers Puzzle Erasers for Party Favors Supplies Classroom Treasure Box Prizes • Amazon Business $8.94 1 $8.94
Rhode Island Novelty Assorted Stampers - 50 Pc kids stamp assortment • Amazon Business $8.55 1 $8.55
SKITTLES and STARBURST Original Candy Bag, 65 Fun Size Pieces, 31.9 ounces • Amazon Business $8.38 1 $8.38
Wikki Stix • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
Fun Express Colored Block Brick Party Favor Pencils - 24 Piece Pack • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Fun Express - Emoji Pencil - Stationery - Pencils - Pencils - Printed - 24 Pieces • Amazon Business $5.96 1 $5.96
Rhode Island Novelty Smiley Face Mini Spiral Notebooks | Two Dozen | • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48

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