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Mrs. Smith from Malta ID is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Financial Freedom

Help me give my students craft sticks, wood and small candies to create their own classroom store.

  • $476 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our rural, remote, Title I school is very unique. We have students from different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and races. Some students are learning English for the very first time. Some students are very talented when it comes to learning, some require special education, and some students are working their hardest to give their best. Each morning, students greet us and each other with high-fives and hugs. We are truly blessed by the relationships that are built within our tiny community. Our students are the builders of tomorrow: the teachers, scientists, farmers, mothers, fathers, doctors, engineers, dreamers, and doers.

Seeing students engaged and deeply involved in their own education is a great joy to me.

I strive to provide hands-on learning experiences in a safe environment, where students are free to explore, make real-world connections, and see their knowledge grow and expand! Knowing that failing is a step towards success relieves our students from being fearful to try, and great things happen because of their growth mindset!

My Project

Every young person should go through an entrepreneurship experience in their early life. This may be as simple as a lemonade stand or as complex as running a small business. Through these experiences, students learn to communicate with adults and peers, persevere through difficulties, overcome fear, face failure, sell ideas, create solutions, see opportunity around them, understand risk and reward, develop a growth mindset, collaborate with others, express creativity, and see their own potential. Regardless of whether or not a child wants to pursue entrepreneurship, the benefits of starting a business and running it as a kid are invaluable. That is why we have created this project.

My students would like to become more financially smart, while creating their own classroom business.

We will begin by reading "The Big Startup Guidebook for Kids" to help us learn how to run our business. After reading the guidebook, my students plan to use their new knowledge to set up their business. They would like to sell snacks to classmates, using classroom money they have earned through various jobs around the classroom. They have asked for popcorn, candy bars and small candy treats such as Tootsie Frooties and Starburst to sell.

I love being able to provide for my students, and I love this project so much. I cannot wait to see my fourth graders set up shop and become more financially smart with this real world project!

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Benchmark 40004 Popcorn Portion Pack, for 4 oz Popper (Pack of 24) • Amazon Business $19.00 2 $38.00
Sax Midwest Products Project Woods Balsa Economy Bag, Assorted Sizes - 407055 • Amazon Business $11.54 3 $34.62
Cricut Knife Blade + Drive Housing • Amazon Business $33.49 1 $33.49
HERSHEY'S, KIT KAT, & REESE'S Bulk Chocolate Candy Variety Pack, 5 Pounds, Fun Size, 265 Pieces • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
Chenille Kraft Natural Wood Craft Sticks, Jumbo Size, 6 x 3/4, Wood, Natural Wood, 500/Box (3776-01) • Amazon Business $8.48 3 $25.44
1 oz. Popcorn Bag, Burst Design, 1000 per Case • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Juvale Unfinished Wood 2" X 2" Square Cutout Tile Pieces for DIY Crafts (60 Pack) • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Starburst Original Fruit Chews Candy, 2.07 Ounce (36 Single Packs) • Amazon Business $21.54 1 $21.54
Creativity Street Natural Wood Shapes - 1000 Piece Assortment • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
JOLLY RANCHER & TWIZZLERS Candy Variety Pack, 40 Oz, Fun Size, 165 Pieces • Amazon Business $5.92 3 $17.76
Unfinished Wood Pieces 50 Pcs 4 Inch Square Blank Wooden,Squares Cutout Tiles Unfinished Wood Cup Coasters Natural Slices Wooden Square Cutouts for Christmas Ornaments HomeDecoration Painting Staining • Amazon Business $16.89 1 $16.89
FOGAWA Balsa Wood Sheets 300x200x1.5mm Unfinished Unpainted Basswood Plywood Thin Sheets Baltic Birch Plywood for Mini House Airplane Ship Boat DIY Model 5pcs • Amazon Business $15.89 1 $15.89
Airheads Candy Bars, Variety Stocking Stuffers Bulk Box, Chewy Full Size Fruit Taffy, Gifts, Back to School for Kids, Non Melting, Party 60 Count (Packaging May Vary), 60 Variety Airheads • Amazon Business $7.06 2 $14.12
Eco Craft Stix ECS 114St Colored-1000 4.5" Colored Craft Sticks - Box of 1000ct, (Pack of 1000),Multi Colored • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
JOLLY RANCHER Bulk Candy Variety Pack, 5 Pound, Individually Wrapped Pieces • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Perfect Stix 4.5" Craft Sticks/Ice Cream Sticks/Natural Wood - Box of 1,000ct • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
Atomic Fireballs Candy, 4.05 Pound Bulk Bag • Amazon Business $8.21 1 $8.21

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