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Mrs. Ayling from Trenton NJ is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Flexible Seating....Yes!

My students need a flexible seating environment to promote learning in a comfortable and encouraging environment!

  • $6,234 goal

This project expired on August 28, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are talented and creative! They also have very difficult lives. Unfortunately, they are in a school where over 80% of our school population lives at or below the poverty level. Getting their daily needs met can be a challenge.

It is a difficult task to teach students to love school because living in the city is quite a challenging experience.

Working in an inner city I get to see a variety of challenges. I see students who do not have many basic needs being met at home. Missing a meal or wearing dirty clothes is a common occurrence. Even with this type of hardship, they come to school with a smile on their face!

My Project

Every year we request new desks and chairs for our classrooms. We need bookshelves and tables. We need storage and carpeting. Every year we are told, maybe next year. It's a sad reality but our school district can not support the needs of our classrooms.

My students are unique and need flexible seating to get the most out of their day!

Most of our desks are scratched or wobbly. All of our chairs have been worn down and the legs are never even. The bottoms of the chairs have broken off making each student rock back and forth. I'd like to get rid of my chairs and get my kids comfortable on the floor! We would convert our old classroom into something new. We would use low circle tables and pillows in place of desks.

Our bookshelves are being held together with duct tape. It looks rough but we do our best to make it work. New ones would make a huge difference! Each child would get a special place on each bookshelf for their belongings. Getting new carpets will allow my entire classroom to be completely covered. This will support my students working on the floor. The overall struggle to make the learning environment supportive is a huge challenge to say the least.

With your help, you could transform my learning environment and it will be amazing!

Mrs. Ayling
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 25 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC678 - Flex-Space Round Floor Table - 48" Diameter • Lakeshore Learning Materials $289.00 5 $1,445.00
JJ224 - Classic Birch Store Anything Low Classroom Shelves • Lakeshore Learning Materials $279.00 3 $837.00
LC160 - Navy Blue Rectangular Carpet - 9' x 12' • Lakeshore Learning Materials $389.00 2 $778.00
LC229 - Flex-Space 3-Shelf All-Purpose Storage Unit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $329.00 2 $658.00
LL299 - Easy-Reach Storage Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $249.00 2 $498.00
LC560X - Giant Comfy Pillows - Set of 4 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $269.00 1 $269.00
BR302RD - Comfy Floor Seat - Red • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 4 $199.96
BR302BU - Comfy Floor Seat - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 4 $199.96
LL279 - Dishwasher-Safe Baskets - Set of 9 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $94.50 2 $189.00
LC511RG - Flex-Space Wobble Cushion - Orange • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 4 $59.96
DD370X - Soft Seats - Set of 6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $56.99 1 $56.99

Materials cost

$5,190.87

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$77.86

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$5,298.73

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$935.07

Total project goal

$6,233.80

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$6,233.80

1 Donor

-$3,116.89

Donations toward project cost

-$2,649.36

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$467.53

match offer

-$3,116.91

Match offer toward project cost

-$2,649.37

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$467.54

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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