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Ms. Solesbee from Durham NC is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Globalize Our Classroom Library and Help Us Update Our Space!

My students need an updated classroom library that reflects our commitment to diversity, updated flexible seating, and basic supplies to ensure our school year is a success!

  • $1,045 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Five years ago, no gifted and talented program existed at our school. The belief held by many at that time was that gifted kids did not come to our school due to our extremely high poverty rate. This belief infuriated me and, over time, with a great deal of support, I have built a gifted program that now serves approximately 81 gifted-and-talented identified middle school students. Of those 81 students, 51% are African American and 33% are Hispanic. Cultivating a diverse program that empowers students to own their giftedness and allow it to fuel both their academic and personal success is vital to fighting racial and socioeconomic inequality.

My Project

When I think about what my students most need this year, it is an updated space to learn and grow that reflects who they are and, hopefully, who they will grow to be this year. That includes basic things like new flexible seating options and standard supplies we can't otherwise acquire like post-its and markers. Most importantly, though it includes an updated classroom library with a selection of novels written by authors of color telling the important stories my students need to hear.

My room is already a special space.

We spend one day a week in meditation, and we end every week with "Feel Good Friday," learning to improve our emotional intelligence by naming our feelings and processing them together as we navigate the stressful time that is middle school. We are not like most classrooms, and I want to ensure our space has everything it needs to serve this important population of kids.

The supplies I am asking for directly impact our special space by ensuring we have everything we need to learn and grow together this year. The books I am asking for will serve to spark conversations and learning as my students engage with authentic, relevant texts that reflect the world today.

I have no doubt that these students will, someday, change the world for the better. Be part of that change by helping the magic happen in my room!

Ms. Solesbee
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ju&Ju Adjustable 14-Position Memory Foam Gaming Floor Chair Folding Comfort Lazy Sofa with Comfort Back Support (Grey) • Amazon Business $59.99 2 $119.98
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 2 Pads (561), Yellow Lined Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Super Sticking Power • Amazon Business $49.90 2 $99.80
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 inches, 25 Sheets/Pad, 3 Pads (559YW-3PK), Large Bright Yellow Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Super Sticking Power • Amazon Business $74.56 1 $74.56
Mead Spiral Notebooks, 1 Subject, College Ruled Paper, 70 Sheets, 10-1/2" x 7-1/2", Assorted Colors, 6 Pack (73065) • Amazon Business $7.40 10 $74.00
Palace Learning 16 LAMINATED Motivational Classroom Wall Posters - Inspirational Quotes for Students - Teacher Classroom Decorations 13 x 19 (LAM) 001 • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
Kleenex Professional Facial Tissue for Business (03076), Flat Tissue Boxes, 12 Boxes/Convenience Case, 125 Tissues/Box • Amazon Business $17.27 2 $34.54
Crayola 58-7858 40 ct Broad Line Ultra-Clean Washable Markers Toy • Amazon Business $15.31 2 $30.62
Junovo Ultra Soft Contemporary Fluffy Rug Thick Indoor Area Rug for Home Decor Living Room Bedroom Kitchen Dormitory,4' x 5.3',Grey (Upgrade Version) • Amazon Business $29.79 1 $29.79
Expo 81045 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted • Amazon Business $11.60 2 $23.20
Sharpie 22478 Flip Chart Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count • Amazon Business $8.73 2 $17.46
A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror (For Young People Series) • Amazon Business $16.27 1 $16.27
Sanford 1802226 Sharpie Pen, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.51 1 $14.51
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $12.52 1 $12.52
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Sharpie 27145 Pocket Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $4.97 2 $9.94
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $9.71 1 $9.71
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Personal Workbook • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
For Every One • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
AmazonBasics Sticky Notes - 1 3/8" x 1 7/8", Assorted Colors, 18-Pack • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The House on Mango Street • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
To All the Boys I've Loved Before • Amazon Business $7.53 1 $7.53
BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Black, 60-Count • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00

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