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Ms. Hersch from Chicago IL is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Food for Thought, Literally!

My students need healthy snacks to fuel them for the day, help them remain focused in class, stay energized, stay engaged, and stay positive.

  • $534 goal

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My Students

What makes my students special is that they are viewed by many as anything but. I work at an alternative school, or what is known as a "second-chance" school, in the West Garfield Park community of Chicago. Many end up at our school due to involvement in gang activity, incarceration, negative/disruptive behavior, teen pregnancy, and/or chronic truancy.

What my students' need most is to know that people believe in them, care for them, and care about their future no matter their past.

They come from neighborhoods littered with Chicago's most serious issues - violence, gang banging, drugs, poverty, health disparities, etc.

Many fall prey to the ways of those around them, as the people they can look up to are few and far between. Their presence at our school is proof, therefore, of their determination to prove their worth.

Though most play the adult outside of school, at their core they are just kids in need of love and support. Please help me show them just how much love and support they deserve!

My Project

100% of my students are on the free lunch program, which means they often start their day on an empty stomach waiting for lunch time. Furthermore, when they have eaten something, the "food" they can afford is full of chemicals. This junk does not sustain them and irritates their stomach. My students are starving, and understandably, their hunger cuts into their classroom engagement.

Healthy snacks would improve attention and engagement in my student's classwork, and fill their empty stomachs with lasting energy.

Their hunger exacerbates the social and emotional issues they already struggle with, which then further inhibits their classroom performance. By providing snacks for my students, I can help alleviate one burden from a list already too heavy for even most adults to handle.

Every snack will go towards a student, and serve as a reminder of just how many people love and care for them. Consumption of these snacks will then aid students in their focus, engagement, and ultimate classroom success, growing a seemingly fleeting gesture into a life-changing one.

Ms. Hersch
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Chocolate Chip, 0.84 Ounce Bars, 58 Count • Amazon Business $10.99 9 $98.91
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Variety Pack Bold Mix, (Box of 30 bags) • Amazon Business $9.98 9 $89.82
Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds 100 Calorie Bags (Case of 6) • Amazon Business $28.67 3 $86.01
WELCH'S Mixed Fruit Snacks, 0.9 Ounce, 40 Count • Amazon Business $6.98 9 $62.82
Planters Cashews, Salted, 1.5 Ounce Single Serve Bag (Pack of 18) • Amazon Business $16.59 3 $49.77
Vaseline Intensive Care Body Lotion, Essential Healing, 20.3 oz, 3 count • Amazon Business $15.21 1 $15.21
Planters Nuts on the Go Salted Peanuts, 1 oz single-serve bags, 48-Count • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82

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