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Mrs. Kamarainen from Rapid City SD is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Get Comfy and Get Collaborative!

Help me give my students seating options for collaborative work and a comfortable home away from home.

  • $1,243 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

The students in my class are an extension of my family. We spend nearly two hundred days together in our classroom, and it's important that our classroom feels like a home. If you ask any of the approximately 25 students that I have each year, every one of them would talk about how they love working in teams throughout the room. Collaboration is a 21st century skill that can be cultivated in the right setting. No matter each student's socioeconomic background or academic needs, they all love to feel comfortable in the place they spend so much time.

My Project

One way to enhance the physical environment of our classroom is with flexible seating options. Not only do my students love having some choice in where they work, they also love collaborating! The level of physical comfort combined with our focus on building relationships and working together is at the core of reaching our goals and striving for excellence each day. Currently, we have two lap desks for working on the floor, three wobble discs for sitting around the table without legs, several plastic scoop chairs that rock on the floor, and six stools for pulling up to work at the counters around the perimeter of the room. Over the years, I either purchased these with my own money, had help from our generous PTA, or received an item as a gift from a thoughtful family. Some of these items need replacing, some are so popular I'd like to add a few more, and I know a standing desk would be a great option to add for the kids!

From inquiry-based, hands-on Science lessons like building a paper robotic finger or a model of the human eye, to researching together for writing our historic biographies, our 4th grade classroom is full of daily, collaborative lessons that require movement around the room and lots of partnerships and trios.

We play math games throughout the year, read to each other to practice fluency, and even make time for collaborative art projects. Quick, quiet transition times are part of our everyday procedures, so students know how to move to their work spots and get started right away. These flexible seating options will allow students to get comfortable and close, which are important to establish and sustain a collaborative working environment that is focused on learning! We love our home away from home!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC722 FlexSpace Mobile Standing Desk for Two Modern Maple • Lakeshore Learning Materials $499.00 1 $499.00
LC153 FlexSpace Student Lap Desk Modern Maple • Lakeshore Learning Materials $79.99 2 $159.98
LC405RG FlexSpace Comfy Floor Seat Orange • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 2 $119.98
LC766BU FlexSpace Premium Wobble Chair 16 Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $89.99 1 $89.99
LC766GR FlexSpace Premium Wobble Chair 16 Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $89.99 1 $89.99

Materials cost

$958.94

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$52.74

3rd party payment processing fee

$14.38

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,056.06

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$186.36

Total project goal

$1,242.42

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,242.42

13 Donors

-$633.00

Donations toward project cost

-$540.30

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$92.70

Matching donations from our partners

-$606.78

Match offers toward project cost

-$515.76

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$91.02

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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