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Ms. Townes from Stamford CT is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fresh Start With Classroom Basics

Help me give my students containers and clipboards for organization and the aromatherapy diffusers to reduce stress so they can start off the upcoming school year on the right track.

  • $301 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach Science at an urban high school in Connecticut with approximately 2000 students coming from globally diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds with nearly 50% of the student body qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch. Although they may come from different educational backgrounds upon entering my class, all students deserve an opportunity to be successful and compete with their global peers in their future careers. As my students display difficulty at times focusing on instruction for a variety of reasons as they face many challenges common to an urban environment, it is difficult to watch their enthusiasm wane. Unfortunately, these challenges may cause disengagement from the learning process.

As a teacher, I have an amazing opportunity to help students that are eager to learn attain necessary skills to overcome these challenges, but resources are thin and my students could use your help.

With more resources, students will personalize their learning experience and make connections with the world surrounding them. Students will bring different strengths to the table while working collaboratively to analyze data and experiment hands-on. My goal is to create a more student-centered classroom where they are engaged, excited to attend class and empowered to take ownership of their work.

My Project

It has been said that physical clutter increases mental stress. My students need to be in an environment that reduces stress as many students have a variety of outside stresses that come with living in an urban environment. The stresses of home finances among other things make focusing on schoolwork difficult at times. I hope to provide my students with some basic supplies that they otherwise may not have access to. Most of my students need to utilize the time at school as completing assignments at home can be difficult. Having an organized place to keep their supplies and a calming corner to work on their assignments will be beneficial.

Any means to eliminate their stress due to any distractions is giving them the opportunity to step closer to successful completion of their work and the opportunity to rediscover the joy that being engaged in work provides.

To help reduce stress, I plan to place aromatherapy diffusers in the various calming corners and provide students with clipboards so that the students can choose how to work. Some students pace to reduce stress while others choose to sit at a comfortable chair or desk. Giving students a choice on how to work with flexible seating has helped increase their focus and I plan to use these organizational and stress reducing tools to help them reach their goals.

Ms. Townes
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
VicTsing 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser with Ultra-Quiet Technology, Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser with Longer Mist Output Time 7-14 Hours , Waterless Auto-off, 7-Color LED Light for Home, Office , Bedroom • Amazon Business $32.99 2 $65.98
Sterilite 19889804 70 Quart/66 Liter Ultra Box Clear with a White Lid and Black Latches, 4-Containers, • Amazon Business $58.67 1 $58.67
Sterilite 19859806, 30 Quart/28 Liter Ultra Latch Box, Clear with a White Lid and Black Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $52.39 1 $52.39
Trade Quest Letter Size Clipboard Low Profile Clip Hardboard (Pack of 30) • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Natrogix Bliss Essential Oils - Top 9 Therapeutic Grade 100% Pure Essential Oil Set 9/10ml (Tea Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Lemon, Rosemary, Orange, Peppermint) w/Free E-Book • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99

Materials cost

$221.98

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.33

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$255.31

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$45.05

Total project goal

$300.36

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$300.36

1 Donor

-$150.18

Donations toward project cost

-$150.18

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$123.68

Match offer toward project cost

-$105.13

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.55

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$26.50

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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