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Mrs. Kneafsey-Welsh from Kailua Kona HI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Expanding Young Minds

My students need items like the canopy to create a healthy, more comfortable classroom outside, dry erasers, TIME FOR KIDS magazines, books, flashcards and posters.

  • $807 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

KES is a Title One school with one thousand plus students attending. Many of our students are socio-economically disadvantaged. Our fourth grade class has close to two hundred students split up between eight classes. Two of those classes are inclusion classes, with one special education teacher (myself), that goes back and forth between the two classes. I have two assistants that help with the group lessons. The other classes have a high population of English Language Learners that works with us in small group to help them understand the lesson at a modified pace.

Elder Nelson said " Education is the difference between wishing you could help other people and being able to help them".

In order to meet the diverse needs of not only my students with special needs, but also to meet the needs of all the students struggling in fourth grade, we set up a classroom outside of the classroom. The students that are identified and require specially designed instruction, ranges from understanding kindergarten level to upper elementary. Using resources such as books at lower levels and the math manipulatives, allows for more hands-on learning for our lower students and students that do not speak English.

My Project

At the fourth grade level, students are expected to read more! Although independent reading is highly encourage at home, in the classroom, readers are randomly picked! Math word problems become multi-step word problems, going back to reading again. Many times this can "build or break" a child's self-esteem. Creating a "classroom outside the classroom" allows for all students to learn without feeling the pressure of others, mainly, for our kids to read with confidence and enjoyment.

George Evans quoted "Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way".

Expanding the classroom to outside the four walls in which they have been taught for the last six years of their lives if they were lucky enough to be in school. The canopy and the sun shades help student to continue their time outside the classroom without getting too hot. The books and the posters give them the power to find information on their own without asking an adult for help, building independence and life long learners.

Mrs. Kneafsey-Welsh
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmazonBasics Pop-Up Canopy Tent - 10 x 10 ft • Amazon Business $89.99 1 $89.99
TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers STEM Grade 3, 10-Book Set • Amazon Business $89.90 1 $89.90
F-G Reading Levels Family Involvement Kit • Amazon Business $39.00 2 $78.00
Coleman Instant Canopy Sunwall, Accessory Only, 10 x 10 Feet • Amazon Business $20.67 2 $41.34
Industrial Grade ABCCANOPY Weights Bag, Leg Weights for Pop up Canopy 4pcs-pack • Amazon Business $16.95 2 $33.90
Mead Primary Journal Creative Story Tablet, Grades K-2 (9554) • Amazon Business $2.69 12 $32.28
10 Educational Math Posters for Kids - Multiplication Chart, Division, Addition, Subtraction, Numbers 1-100 +, 3D Shapes, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Roman Numerals, Place Value, Money (PAPER) • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Places Around the World (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $5.99 5 $29.95
Jane Goodall (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $6.43 4 $25.72
Expo 2 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted Colors (81045) with Expo Whiteboard / Dry Erase Board Liquid Cleaner, 8-ounce and Expo Whiteboard Eraser, 5 1/8-inch • Amazon Business $17.96 1 $17.96
Learning Resources Number Bonds Answer Boards (LER5213) • Amazon Business $16.46 1 $16.46
Star Right Multi Math Flashcards Pack - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, & Division - 1 Ring and 52 Hole Punched Cards Per Set - 208 Cards Total • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Boxed Set: (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish; The Seaquel; Fins of Fury) • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery • Amazon Business $12.63 1 $12.63
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Levels E-F: 12 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level D: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level C: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Learning Resources Write & Wipe Fact Family Boards • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
The Science of Magic (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $6.12 1 $6.12
Who Was Alexander Hamilton? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79

Materials cost

$619.37

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$27.25

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.29

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$685.91

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$121.04

Total project goal

$806.95

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$806.95

11 Donors

-$516.86

Donations toward project cost

-$450.58

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$66.28

match offer

-$276.86

Match offer toward project cost

-$235.33

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.53

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$13.23

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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