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Ms. Sousa from Phoenix AZ is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fidgety Students Need Flexible Seating!

My students need bean bag chairs, wobble cushions, lap desks, and stability balls to use instead of chairs.

  • $785 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students walk into our classroom every day full of life, ready to learn, and excited for what is in store for them that day. At our school, we practice leadership principles through The Leader in Me program, emphasizing the importance of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids and 7 Habits of Effective People. We start each morning with a smile, a handshake, and a hearty "Good morning!" Every morning, prior to reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, each student chants the school mission statement: We Lead. We Inspire. We Impact our World.

I teach at a Title I school in Arizona where 100 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch.

Many of my students receive a donated backpack of food on the weekend. Despite so many hardships, my students are eager to learn and do their best. They want to be in school because they want to learn all they can so they can be successful one day. They have dreams, they have goals, and they create and work towards action steps each and every day.

My Project

I'm a firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important: the students. If student motivation and higher engagement is truly the desired end game, then we as teachers must adapt right along with our students in our classrooms. To see that some classrooms look the same now as they did 70 years ago is shameful. The students we share our classrooms with don't know life without constant connectivity, wi-fi, and a global audience. Outside the windows of our classroom is a dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-changing world full of choices. How can we expect our students to solve problems and make choices independently if we constantly solve their problems and make their choices for them? Our classroom environments should be conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. This simply cannot be done when kids are sitting in rows of desks all day.

Everything I do in my classroom is based on research and best practices for kids.

Redesigning my classroom was not any different. I've found that some of the immediate benefits of flexible seating include burning more calories, using up excess energy, improving metabolism, increased motivation and engagement, creating a better oxygen flow to the brain, and improving core strength and overall posture. It's no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior.

Ms. Sousa
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC529BU - Flex-Space Balance Ball Seat - 22" - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 6 $149.94
Kids Folding 17" x 11" Lap Desk with Storage - Aqua Blue Color - Durable Lightweight Portable Laptop Computer Children's Desks for Homework or Reading. No Assembly Required. • Amazon Business $17.97 8 $143.76
AppleRound Air Stability Wobble Cushion, Purple, 35cm/14in Diameter, Balance Disc, Pump Included • Amazon Business $12.90 8 $103.20
BeanBob Bean Bag Chair (Sapphire Blue), 2.5ft - Bedroom Sitting Sack for Kids w/Super Soft Foam Filling • Amazon Business $39.90 2 $79.80
BeanBob Bean Bag Chair (Lime Green), 2.5ft - Bedroom Sitting Sack for Kids w/Super Soft Foam Filling • Amazon Business $39.90 2 $79.80
Trade Quest Letter Size Clipboard Low Profile Clip Hardboard (Pack of 30) • Amazon Business $29.75 1 $29.75

Materials cost

$586.25

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$41.92

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.79

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$666.96

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$117.70

Total project goal

$784.66

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$784.66

9 Donors

-$619.67

Donations toward project cost

-$541.72

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$77.95

match offer

-$147.34

Match offer toward project cost

-$125.24

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.10

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.65

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$0.00

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