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Ms. (Papanos) Shaw from Hartford CT is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Eliminating Hunger and Promoting Educational Capacity

Help me give my students nourishment throughout the school day to increase engagement by eliminating the hunger most of them face coming into school everyday.

  • $632 goal

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My Students

All of the students that will benefit from this project participate in a therapeutic, self-contained, special education program. Our students receive services due to social, emotional, and behavioral issues. These students are all identified as high risk due to their ongoing history of disengagement from school based on truancy, academic barriers, and behavioral needs. The resources included in this project will assist us in providing students with healthy foods and snacks which will allow the staff to build connections with students by helping to meet a basic need.

The students in the program struggle to have their basic needs met outside of school and as a result, when we are able to provide them with snack and drink options we have seen a significant increase in school/class attendance, participation, and overall academic achievement.

In addition, the ability to eat when they are hungry has increased our ability to build positive relationships as they see that we care about them as a whole person. Our students are all residents of Hartford, CT and they have been identified as high risk in terms of graduation rates, access to and success within post-secondary education and/or training programs, and high rates of incarceration.

My Project

In the RISE Academy we offer our students small snacks and drinks to help eliminate the hunger that the majority of our students come to school with every day. All of the students in the RISE Academy are at-risk youth and have been placed in the program to receive social, emotional, and behavioral support within our therapeutic, self-contained setting. Unfortunately, these students often come to school hungry or without having enough to eat at home.

We increase student engagement in school, participation in class, overall work completion and academic achievement by eliminating hunger, one of their most basic needs.

Through the use of snack and drink options students are no longer battling their own hunger in order to concentrate in class and as a result, we have seen academic and behavioral improvements, an increase of positive participation within the school community, improved grades, and graduation of some of the school's most at-risk youth.

Ms. (Papanos) Shaw
Grades 9-12
  • HPHS Academy of Engineering & Green Technology
  • Hartford, CT
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Fresh, 700/Box (31547) • $35.69 3 $107.07
Keebler Snack Mix, Variety, 42/Carton (220-00406) • $29.49 2 $58.98
Bounty Kitchen Rolls Paper Towels, 2-Ply, 36 Sheets/Roll, 30 Rolls/Carton (76230/95028) • $49.99 1 $49.99
Quill Brand Hand Sanitizer, Aloe Formula, Pump, 67.6 oz. (7QBSAN67) • $13.59 3 $40.77
Sunchips Chips, Variety, 1.5 Oz., 60/Carton (FRI67652) • $35.01 1 $35.01
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, Cheddar, 1.5 Oz., 72/Carton (13539) • $29.74 1 $29.74
Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies Mini, 2-oz., 60/Case • $28.89 1 $28.89
Grandma's Cookies, Variety, 36/Carton (FRI14867) • $14.44 2 $28.88
Cheez-It Variety Pack, 1.5 oz, 45 Count • $24.64 1 $24.64
Rice Krispies Treats Bars, Marshmallow, 0.78 Oz., 60/Carton (17120) • $20.14 1 $20.14
Orbit Mint Sugarfree Gum Variety Box,, Pack of 18 (220-00568) • $19.20 1 $19.20
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, 0.24 oz., 30/Pack (E556) • $16.57 1 $16.57
Trident Watermelon Twist Sugar-Free Gum, 14 Pieces, 12 Count (131723) • $14.44 1 $14.44
Haribo Gold-Bears Gummy, Fruit, 0.4 Oz., 54/Carton (209-00181) • $12.74 1 $12.74
Nabisco Mini Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, 1 oz, 12 count • $6.20 2 $12.40

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