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Mrs. Welsh from Columbus OH is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Flexible Seating for Low-Income Special Education Classroom

My students need comfortable, durable flexible seating options such as bean bags and balance balls that will help them focus for longer periods of time.

  • $689 goal

This project expired on December 6, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

All of my students have learning disabilities that range from needing a little extra time processing written language to reading below Kindergarten level. They are from low-income families and many are English Language Learners as well. Many of my students live with their grandparents or another relative because one or both of their parents are incarcerated or suffering from addiction. It's important to know that my students have many challenges that can make focusing on school very difficult at times.

My students, with all their challenges, are the most incredible, funny, sweet, and smart kids you could hope to meet.

I learn more from them than you can imagine. They have taught me patience, dedication, loyalty and of course the value of a good joke. They deserve the best, even though they don't always believe it. That's what I'm here for.

My Project

Many of my students have ADHD and it is difficult for them to sit and pay attention in traditional classroom furniture. The wobble seats, wobble stools, and balance balls are perfect for students who need to move and bounce in order to focus.

The physical activity that flexible seating provides is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior.

Some of the immediate benefits of flexible seating include burning more calories, using up excess energy, improving metabolism, increasing motivation and engagement, creating a better oxygen flow to the brain, and improving core strength and overall posture. In fact, a paper by Matthew T. Mahar, et al finds that: "Simple in-class activities can boost performance. Studies suggest that children who participate in short bouts of physical activity within the classroom have more on-task behavior, with the best improvement seen in students who are least on-task initially".

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

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 45 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kore Patented WOBBLE Chair | Now with Antimicrobial Protection | Stem Flexible Seating | Made in the USA - Active Sitting for Kids - Junior, Green (16in) • Amazon Business $79.99 4 $319.96
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Lime, Junior (52cm) • Amazon Business $19.99 4 $79.96
Big Joe Bean Bag, 98-Inch (Spicy Lime) • Amazon Business $37.64 2 $75.28
Trideer Inflated Stability Wobble Cushion with Pump, Extra Thick Core Balance Disc, KIDS Wiggle Seat, Sensory Cushion for Elementary School Chair (Office & Home & Classroom) • Amazon Business $17.99 4 $71.96

Materials cost

$547.16

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.21

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$585.37

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$103.30

Total project goal

$688.67

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$688.67

2 Donors

-$411.91

Donations toward project cost

-$404.41

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

match offer

-$212.89

Match offer toward project cost

-$180.96

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$31.93

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$63.87

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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