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Mrs. Vancil from Chicago IL is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Flexible Seating for Flexible Minds Part 2

Help me give my students flexible seating options for an optimal learning environment which includes stools that are able to be stacked as well as cushions to read on.

  • $305 goal

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My Students

Imagine a school where students from all over the world learn together in a safe and productive environment while preserving their own cultural​ identity. Well, this is my reality each and every day. Although my students come from different parts of the world, they work cohesively in collaborative groups together. My fabulous school is located on the North side of Chicago in an extremely diverse neighborhood.

We represent 27 different languages within one school building.

I am blessed to teach in a classroom full of different cultures and multiple different languages. Most of my students are low poverty and English language learners. One major thing is missing: after-school activities to keep them safe.

My Project

As an eighth grade teacher in an extremely diverse neighborhood, I find motivation to be the biggest struggle of my day. Many of my students don't even have a comfy chair in their own home to sit down and enjoy a good book. So one day I decided to bring in a few of my camping chairs to put in my classroom library. In a classroom of 32, all of them wanted to sit in the camping chairs to read a book. Flexible seating was the key to motivating these teenagers. I wrote a grant for some yoga ball chairs and bean bags. They are so into learning and the principal ordered new tables for the room.

I realized at that moment that to give my students a change from their regular desk experience all I needed was some fun, comfortable, vibrant seating for them to enjoy reading.

I am asking for a set of stackable chairs, some cushion pads for the low table and some wooden stools to finish the last table. I plan on putting these chairs along with the others on my bright purple rug and around the new tables. I hope that these simple resources encourage my fantastic diverse teenagers to take a moment of their day and enjoy a good book!

Mrs. Vancil
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Winsome 94084 Satori Stool, 24", Walnut • Amazon Business $23.99 4 $95.96
ECR4Kids SoftZone Floor Cushions with Handles, 2" Deluxe Foam, Round, Assorted, (6-Pack) • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
Norwood Commercial Furniture NOR-1101AC-SO Plastic Stack Stools, 17.75" Height, 11.75" Width, 11.75" Length, Assorted Colors (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $59.74 1 $59.74

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