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Mr. Stoker from Oakland CA is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Eat to Think: Meeting Student Needs

My students need the basics: snacks, binders, band-aids, and kleenex: only then can they begin the hard work of learning!

  • $730 goal

This project expired on June 7, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are a community of learners from every background imaginable, from Nigeria to the Philippines; from Iran to Guatemala, not a single student has the same story. However, many of them share the same experience of feeling like they do not belong. Whether it is because of language barriers, personal trauma, or the hateful and xenophobic speech that has become common place in our social and political media; many of my students do not feel safe here. However, when they are at school and when they are in our classrooms, they can belong.

Every day, I get to work with 150 brilliant 9th and 10th graders from Oakland that were once strangers but will soon become family.

They each have their own stories, dreams, passions, and hopes for their lives; but they learn to see and love the differences that make them unique but also connected. They are the reason I show up to work everyday and their joy and passion keep me going on my worst days. They teach me what it means to be human and they challenge me to bring my best every single day.

My Project

I hear it every day, "Mr. Stoker, I'm hungry, do you have any snacks?" "Can I go to the Wellness Center to get food?" "Do you have a Band-aid? Tissues?" Every time one of these basic needs comes up and I don't have a solution for my student, the challenging mental work of learning is that much harder to reach. Valuable class-time is lost as students have to search elsewhere for their basic needs to be met.

Nobody can do their best when they are hungry, in pain or in need; but you can help!

This package of snacks, tissues, first-aid supplies, and binders are the basics that my students need to learn and be organized. Budget restraints means that even basic supplies like tissues and binders are not available for students, so I have to find a way to supply them.With 150 students, I cannot meet all of their needs on my own, that is why I need your support!

Last semester, generous donors like you helped provide similar supplies for my classroom, and the students soon knew that they could get their brain snack from me. I want to continue to provide my students with snacks and supplies to keep them in class, keep them focused, and let them know that there is a community of people out there who care about their most basic needs. Thank you for your support and generosity, your donation will go a long way with the young people at Oakland High.

Mr. Stoker
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Simply Economy View Binder with Round Rings, White, 175-Sheet Capacity, 1" (Ring Diameter) • Staples Advantage $3.99 20 $79.80
Planters Trail Mix, Nuts & Chocolate, 2 oz. Bags, 72 Bags/Box • $50.99 1 $50.99
Welch's Mixed Fruit Snacks, 66 Pouches/Box • $24.47 2 $48.94
Quill Brand Invisible Tape Matte Finish, 3/4" x 1296", 12 Rolls/Pack • $21.24 2 $42.48
Staples Large Tab Write-On Dividers, 8-Tab Set, Assorted color, 4/pack • Staples Advantage $9.29 4 $37.16
Quaker Chewy Granola Bar Variety Pack 60 Count (220-00434) • $18.35 2 $36.70
Frito Lay Variety Pack, Variety Mix, 60 Bags/Case • $33.99 1 $33.99
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, 1.5 oz. Bags, 72 Bags/Box • $29.74 1 $29.74
Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, & Strawberry, 48/Case • $25.49 1 $25.49
Sunshine Cheez-It Crackers, 1.5 oz. Bags, 60 Bags/Box • $23.79 1 $23.79
Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels, White, 12 Giant Rolls 18 Regular Rolls (88212/81440) • $22.00 1 $22.00
Famous Amos Club Pack, Chocolate Chip Cookies, 2-oz., 36/Case • $19.54 1 $19.54
Kleenex Boutique Facial Tissue, 2-Ply, 95 Sheets/Box, 6 Boxes/Pack • $9.34 2 $18.68
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Flavor Variety Box, 52 Packets (220-00482) • $17.50 1 $17.50
Dixon Ticonderoga Woodcase Pencils, #2 Soft, Yellow Barrel, 72/Pack • $16.99 1 $16.99
BAND-AID Brand COMFORT-FLEX Adhesive Bandages Variety Pack, 280 Count/Box (Model:4711) • Staples Advantage $15.49 1 $15.49
Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Variety Pack, 6 fl. oz., 40 Count (00442) • $14.02 1 $14.02

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