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Ms. Paterson from Detroit MI is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Financial Skills are Life Skills

Help me give my students an authentic financial literacy lesson & vocational skills while encouraging character education, by providing them with a store-quality cash register, open sign, and new stock for our school PBIS store!

  • $500 goal

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My Students

I teach at a Special Education Center High School for students ages 14-19. Our amazing program is located in Detroit, Michigan. We have three wings that serve students with Autism, Cognitive Impairments, and Severe/Multiple Impairments. We service students from the entire City of Detroit. Our school has 204 beautiful, young people with varying strengths and weaknesses. Their backgrounds are as diverse as their abilities. I have students whose parents are my colleagues and students who live in boarded up houses. Some come from two-parent homes, and some come from three different homes. About 30% of my students qualify as homeless.

We are all unique, but we are definitely a family here.

My Project

Students with Exceptional Needs have many varying strengths. One common need among them is that for on-going financial training and skills. Our Positive Behavior store enables us to teach this vulnerable population life and financial skills, while allowing students to work for and procure high-ticket items like earphones, basketballs, and even tablets and school spirit wear that they might otherwise not have access to.

Encouraging positive behavior is so important at Our school!

This project is to help us acquire a professional cash register for our store, to assist in vocational and financial training for our students. It will also provide for a more visible "Open" sign, that can be seen by all students. It will also help us stock our school store with some frequently requested items such as earbuds, earphones, scented hand sanitizer,basketballs, and LEGOS. This will allow for the hands-on exchange that is needed for training. We appreciate your support as we encourage our kids to be safe, responsible, and respectful, as well as develop their job skills. Thank you!

Ms. Paterson
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Casio SE-G1SC-RD Electronic Cash Register • Amazon Business $84.99 1 $84.99
MacGregor Rubber Basketball (Official Size) • Amazon Business $7.02 10 $70.20
Wholesale Kids Bulk Earbuds Headphones Earphones, 6 Assorted Colors,For Schools, Libraries, Hospitals (50pack) • Amazon Business $28.95 2 $57.90
HEXU Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear, Hi-Fi Stereo Wireless/wired Over Head Earphones, Foldable Soft Earmuffs Bluetooth Headset with Built-in Mic for PC/Cell Phone/TV (Black) • Amazon Business $14.99 3 $44.97
LEGO Classic Quad Pack 66554 Building Kit • Amazon Business $19.97 2 $39.94
Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel 20-Pack PocketBac Sanitizers, Assorted Scents, 1 fl oz each • Amazon Business $33.49 1 $33.49
Wish House Bluetooth Headphones On Ear, 40mm Driver Wireless Headset Foldable with Mic, Wired and Wireless Headphones for Cell Phone (White) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
LED Open Sign for Business Displays: Vertical Light Up Sign Open with 2 Flashing Modes | Electronic Lighted Signs for Barber Shops, Bars, Restaurants | No use of Toxic Neon (19" x 10", Model 5) • Amazon Business $24.89 1 $24.89

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