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Mrs. Day from Phoenix AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Everyone Needs A Place Called Calm.

Help me give my students a way to learn to explore their feelings and how to react to them through this amazing assortment of books and sensory toys.

  • $368 goal

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My Students

I teach an inquisitive group of third graders in an inner-city public school in Arizona. With over 90% of our students receiving free or reduced rate lunch, one might think that our students are poor, but that would be far from the truth! What our children lack in money, they make up for in their curiosity and desire to learn! My room is the home for the gifted students at my grade level, and they have an insatiable appetite for information.

I have been told that as a teacher I help to create the future, but the truth is that the creative minds in my care hold the keys to greatness within them and they can change the world regardless of their socioeconomic status!

My Project

Many of the students in my class come to school wounded by stressors and traumatic life events beyond their years. These children struggle with knowing how to handle the range of emotions that they feel, which in turn affects their ability to reach their full potential as learners. They are complex and often challenging, and they need teachers who are going to step out of the academic box to help them develop the social-emotional skills that they need to heal. I want to be that kind of teacher! Having a wide variety of kid-friendly books about behavior and emotions (as well as a few adult-learning books for my own personal growth) will help me to do that.

By integrating these quality social-emotional themed picture books into my curriculum through carefully planned lessons, I'll provide my students with strategies to cope with the "larger than life" feelings they battle every day and how to handle them in positive ways.

Through this process, my students will gain emotional skills that will make them more successful in their future lives.

Even with these positive, intentional steps on my part, there are bound to be times when these students emotions get the best of them. During these moments, I want to provide them with a safe place in the classroom where they can go to cool down. The sensory tools that I have requested will be beneficial in helping them to learn to manage and regulate these emotions.

Although helping children of trauma to understand and regulate their emotions will without a doubt increase their academic success in school, it will also increase the likelihood of experiencing a fulfilling

Mrs. Day
Grades 3-5
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
The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching • Amazon Business $23.33 1 $23.33
Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners • Amazon Business $22.44 1 $22.44
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
There Might Be Lobsters • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Sticks • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Bear and the Fern • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
Scribble Stones • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
I'm NOT just a Scribble... • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
Social Skills Activities for Kids: 50 Fun Exercises for Making Friends, Talking and Listening, and Understanding Social Rules • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Minilopa Fidget Dodecagon –12-Side Fidget Cube Relieves Stress and Anxiety Anti Depression Cube for Children and Adults with ADHD ADD OCD Autism (B3 Blue Sky) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Impresa Products 5-Pack of Stretchy String Fidget / Sensory Toys (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) - Stretches from 10 Inches to 8 Feet! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.64 1 $9.64
I Just Want to Do It My Way! My Story about Staying on Task and Asking for Help • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
FCBB Fidget Ball Magic Cube Rainbow Ball Puzzle Cube Brain Teasers Fidget Educational Toy(2Pack Blue and Green) • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Neliblu Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids - Snake Puzzles, Assorted Colors, (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Soda Pop Head • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
FIDGET TOYS(Package of 10, 5 colors) Stress Relieve toy, Focus Enhance, Soothing Marble Fidgets for Children and Adults, has helped with ADHD ADD OCD Autism, Depressions and Anxiety disorders • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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