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Mr. Barrington from Durham NC is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Gearing Up, Nothing Left to Chance! School Supply Covered!

My students need basics like, scissors, folders, pencils and other supplies that every child needs to begin the school year.

  • $464 goal

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My Students

I am a teacher in Durham, North Carolina. We are a Title I school providing a strong foundational education for a very diverse student base. My projected classroom demographics consists of one Asian student, six African American students, three mixed-race students, and eight Hispanic students coming from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Having students who present a wide range of reading abilities requires access to a wide range of materials.

In our second grade curriculum we love to support learning by engaging more than standard teaching practices. Students today need to opportunity to explore knowledge through a variety of mediums. I learned the term craftivity this past year. It is a way to allow students to learn by creating an artistic artifact that goes along with their unit of study.

I am a second year, second grade teacher with a limited state budget to support the purchase and replacement of items used in partnership with our curriculum when we included artistic activities with our reading, writing and science projects.

My Project

Every student begins the year with excitement and nervousness. What will the year bring? Will my teacher be nice? Will I know the kids in my class. Every year educators offer a list of supplies for parents to send their children to school with. Some students are lucky enough to have everything they need provided for them. Others students are part of an increasing number of students who come from homes that struggle to provide the basics.

This year in my classroom I am hoping to keep the students who are not able to supply the classroom list of supplies from being embarrassed when they show up empty handed.

This year with the help of donors, I am making sure that I have class sets of scissors, glue sticks, crayons, and folders that I will use to make a connection with each child's home. I am ordering pencil boxes for each desk to help organize all of these wonderful supplies. These are the items that have previously been requested of each parent to provide for the child, so to eliminate the awkward feelings experienced by my students who are not able to provide the basic tools for learning I am hoping to offer them instead.

The beauty of this thought is that I, "we" will provide these items because we understand that the basics such as scissors, folders, and pencils are essential to learning and growing. To give students, even those who can afford to complete the list will learn that we share the wealth in our classroom without deviation. I want to teach my students that we give without expectations, never knowing how our gift will be used.

Mr. Barrington
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 18 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JAM Paper Plastic Heavy Duty 2 Pocket School Presentation Folders - Assorted Fashion Colors - 6/pack • Amazon Business $11.99 6 $71.94
Flipside Products 60045 12" x 48" Study Carrel, Color Assortment (Pack of 24) • Amazon Business $56.99 1 $56.99
Sterilite 17234812 Plastic Pencil Box, Pack of 6 • Amazon Business $13.96 4 $55.84
Crayola 24 Count Crayons (6-Pack) • Amazon Business $11.39 4 $45.56
Rainbow Scribblers 24 pack of Beginner Big Pencils for kids, preschoolers, kindergarten, toddlers • Amazon Business $10.99 4 $43.96
JAM PAPER Plastic 2 Pocket School POP Folders - Teal - 6/pack • Amazon Business $9.99 4 $39.96
Westcott School Scissor Caddy with 24 Pointed 5" Kids Scissors with Anti-Microbial Protection • Amazon Business $18.78 1 $18.78

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