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Ms. Riddle from Chicago IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

First-Year (Title I) Special Education Teacher's Dream Classroom

Help me give my students a classroom full of supplies, so that they may explore and learn without the added stress of not being able to afford the very basics.

  • $685 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The disproportionate rates of how students of color are sent to special education are often to their detriment, students are placed in isolated in classrooms away from their general education peers. Rather than reflecting racial discrimination, the overrepresentation of students of color in special education can be chalked up to the higher need for those services, or because special education placement is correlated with poverty. It is not suggested that this correlation in itself could be due to discrimination.

My students attend a Title I school in a large over-crowded urban neighborhood.

They are brilliant and kind kids who despite the odds stacked against them, they show up every day ready and willing to learn. There is no true correlation between race and special education services, but students of color are often over-represented. They know things are harder for them than their "typical peers" but still, they persevere and they smile through the lessons. And I find most days, they have more to teach me than I have to teach them.

My Project

I am a first-year special education teacher, in a low-income school on the west side of Chicago. Recent masters graduate and former special ed student myself, I want to ensure that the worries of pencils, crayons, notebooks and more, are something my students will not have to worry about. When the odds have already been stacked against them, the last thing they need to worry about is "where am I/How am I going to get all of this stuff?"

You don't change the world until you change the way a child sees the world.

And by providing my students with a classroom full of books, and supplies, they will be able to solely focus on how they are going to one day change the world.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crayola Broad Line Markers Bulk, 16 Bold Colors, Great for Classroom, Educational, All-Purpose Art Tools, 256 Count • Amazon Business $56.88 1 $56.88
Fat Catalog Assorted Color Metal Stack Stool with Padded Seat, ALT1100SO (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $51.23 1 $51.23
Blue Summit Supplies 30 Pack Dry Erase Lapboard Classroom Set, Includes 30 Whiteboards 9 x 12 Inch, 30 Markers, 30 Erasers, Ideal for Teachers, Students, Sunday School, Group Participation • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
Easel Pad 23x32" - 3 Pack (75 Sheets) - Flip Chart Paper, 25 Sheets/Pack, Plain White, Poster Flipchart 100 gsm - Large Drawing Pad for Teachers, Kids, Classroom, Office, Craft, Art, Presentation • Amazon Business $42.97 1 $42.97
Crayola Classpack Assortment, 800 Regular Size Crayons, 16 Different Colors (50 Each), Great for Classroom, Educational, All-Purpose Art Tools • Amazon Business $40.66 1 $40.66
Mead Composition Books, Notebooks, Wide Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets, Comp Book, Black, 12 Pack (72936) • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
First Aid Kit Hard Red Case 326 Pieces Exceeds OSHA and ANSI Guidelines 100 People - Office, Home, Car, School, Emergency, Survival, Camping, Hunting, and Sports • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Crayola 68-8024 Colored Pencil Bulk Classpack, 12 Assorted Colors, 240 Count, Standard, Assorted. • Amazon Business $33.15 1 $33.15
X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue, 1 Count • Amazon Business $27.26 1 $27.26
Clipboards (Set of 30) by Office Solutions Direct! ECO Friendly Hardboard Clipboard Pack, Low Profile Clip Standard A4 Letter Size, Classroom Supplies • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
Dry Erase Pockets Sheet Protectors - Reusable + Oversized - Size 10 X 13 Inches - 30 Plastic Sleeves - Mixed Colors - Ideal to use at School or at Work • Amazon Business $25.97 1 $25.97
Stanley Removable 4 Cup Scissor Caddy and Guppy 5-Inch Blunt Tip Kids Scissors, 24 Pack (SCICAD-BT24) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Cardinal Economy 3-Ring Binders, 1", Round Rings, Holds 225 Sheets, ClearVue Presentation View, Non-Stick, White, Carton of 12 (90621) • Amazon Business $22.86 1 $22.86
Kleenex Professional Facial Tissue for Business (03076), Flat Tissue Boxes, 12 Boxes / Convenience Case, 125 Tissues / Box • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Dry Erase Whiteboard Markers Set Of 36 By Ashton: 12 Vibrant And Long Lasting Colors, Chisel Tip For Fine And Thick Lines, Quick Drying, Easy Wipe, Non-Toxic And Low Odor For Teachers And Students • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Avery 5-Tab Binder Dividers, Insertable Multicolor Big Tabs, 6 Sets (11109) • Amazon Business $4.79 2 $9.58
Pencil Top Eraser Caps Arrowhead Assorted Colors in Bulk Pack of 150 • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Sharpie 22480PP Flip Chart Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49

Materials cost

$543.79

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.16

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$581.95

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$102.70

Total project goal

$684.65

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$684.65

5 Donors

-$531.00

Donations toward project cost

-$466.35

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$64.65

match offer

-$136.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$115.60

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$20.40

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.65

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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