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Ms. Kraker from Selma AL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

FRESHmen Journals

Help me give my students composition notebooks to keep journals throughout the school year.

  • $646 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The majority of my students come from low-income backgrounds. Their school is one hundred percent free and reduced-price lunch. As their English teacher, my goal is to help these wonderful freshmen discover the joy of reading and the writer that is inside each and every one of them.

My Project

Last semester, I bought strands of lights and hung them around the room, to "create the vibe" as one my students described, and arranged the chairs in a circle with a stool in the middle. The next day, we had our class poetry reading. Each student took their turn in the middle and read one of their original poems that they wrote over the course of our poetry unit. All day, each of my students got to share their voice and listen to their peers share theirs. I got to sit back and listen as well, as my students were on task without me having to redirect them-- they wanted to hear each other, and they wanted to be heard as well.

Days like this remind me that it is imperative that my students realize the powerful impact that writing can have in their lives.

I do not want to miss any opportunity for them to engage with writing and express their thoughts and feelings in a way that's constructive and possibly therapeutic for them. Next year, I would like to provide class journals for my students because I believe that writing is a much-needed practice in their lives.

Ms. Kraker
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Staples Composition Notebook, 9.75" x 7.5", College Ruled, 80 Sheets, Black (40451M-CC) • Quill.com $1.97 240 $472.80

Materials cost

$472.80

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$38.53

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.09

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$548.42

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$96.78

Total project goal

$645.20

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$645.20

3 Donors

-$639.91

Donations toward project cost

-$548.42

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$91.49

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$5.29

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$0.00

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