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Ms. DeCambra from Makawao HI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Encouragement - One Word And A World Of Difference

Help me give my students words of encouragement, kindness, and motivation to finish the school year strong!

  • $246 goal

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My Students

Our school has a diverse community of students who are from all different economic statuses to different ethnic backgrounds. Of the approximately 1160 students reported in the 2017- 2018 students enrolled, the student body consists of approximately 34% White, 31% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 23% Asian, 5% Hispanic, and 1% Black (6% Other).

My Project

Children are naturally motivated to learn, however, numerous factors have significant effects on learning and motivation. For example, "school climate, educators’ beliefs and perceptions, and family and social values have been demonstrated as important factors affecting student motivation" (Rowell & Hong, 2013). Counselors are trained to monitor academic progress, identify problems, and intervene with support as needed. The return to school has been trying for students across the nation, and I want to encourage my students to persevere through the rest of the school year.

Research shows that helping students develop attributional beliefs that lead to successful outcomes can increase academic motivation.

In an effort to do so, I would like to send postcards to my students with motivational messages, words of encouragement, and positive remarks regarding their progress in school. Additionally, the white board and post-it notes will be used to create a board for students to leave a positive message, or take one for themselves. Lastly, the rolling organizer will be used to house the post-its, writing supplies, snacks, and other relevant resources.

It's common knowledge that academically motivated students tend to perceive school and learning as valuable, and are consequently more engaged. With this project, I hope to help foster positive self-efficacy and autonomy in my students, and encourage them to "kūlia i ka nuʻu," or strive for the summit.

Ms. DeCambra
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CAXXA 3-Tier Rolling Metal Storage Organizer - Mobile Utility Cart Kitchen Cart with Caster Wheels, White • Amazon Business $38.98 1 $38.98
Sinopuren Thermal Laminating Pouches for Laminator, 5Mil Thickness, Letter Size Sheet 8.9×11.4inches, 100-pack, Clear • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Sweetzer & Orange You Are Awesome Cards Postcards Pack (60 Post Cards) 4x6 Postcards for Kids and Adults. Positive Affirmations Cards, Kindness Cards, Employee Appreciation Awesome Notes • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
50 Blank Bulk Hello Postcards - Positive, Fun and Colorful Just a Note Cards Pack for Friends, Kids, Teacher, Students and More to Say Thinking Of You and I Miss You • Amazon Business $9.93 2 $19.86
Sinopuren Thermal Laminating Pouches, 3mil Laminating Sheets, 8.9x11.4 Inches, 100pack, Letter Size, HeatSeal, Clear • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Elmer's Foam Board Multi-Pack, 8 x 10 Inches, 3/16 Inch Thickness, White, 5 Count • Amazon Business $11.26 1 $11.26
Sweetzer & Orange Hello Postcards Pack (60 Post Cards) 4x6 Postcards for Kids and Adults. 300gsm Note Cards. Blank Hello Greeting Cards, Smiley Face Hello Cards • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Sweetzer & Orange You Are Awesome Cards Postcards Pack (60 Post Cards) 4x6 Postcards for Kids and Adults. Positive Affirmations Cards, Kindness Cards, Employee Appreciation Awesome Notes • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Vintage Motivational Postcards/Set Of 25 Full Color Post Cards / 4" x 6" Retro Designs/Made In The USA • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
(8 Pack) Sticky Notes 3x3 Inches,Bright Colors Self-Stick Pads, Easy to Post for Home, Office, Notebook, 8 Pads/Pack • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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