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Mrs. Marshall from Violet LA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Happy Zone 2

My students need added magna tiles. The entire school plays with them! The community people will add a new intriguing role play during independent learning!

  • $208 goal

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My Students

I teach K-5 art to 95% African American students, in an elementary school in Violet ,La. Most of our students are on free or reduced lunch. Many students have experienced some form of trauma: through family conflicts, single moms, dads, divorce, drugs, deaths, imprisonment and general family mayhem.

Despite all these factors I have seen tremendous resilience from my students.

The result of trauma and home life disruption is often poor nutrition, improper intellectual stimulation and slowed social skills. All of these behavioral and physical issues have a profound effect on learning. As the art teacher for the last ten years, my classroom has become their "Safe Place." I teach life skills through yoga, meditation, art and creative choice play.

Our school is located about 25 minutes from New Orleans, La. This entire area flooded from Hurricane Katrina. Our school faces the Mississippi river. My school is built on Katrina rubble from the previous school, it sits on 5 acres surrounded by marshy woods, a respite from the city.

My Project

Independent learning is a very important time in my classroom.I am the school art teacher. After the routine agenda of yoga, character education and the visual arts, I always try to find time in the hour for play time for the students. State testing takes its toll on the freedom to make believe.

The magical imaginative potential found in these magna tiles has captured the schools attention.

The students proudly present to me each new creation that they make.They are so popular we have to take turns playing with them, hence the need for yet another set!

The community people will be a welcome family amongst the lego constructions. Role models are a wonderful thing for my students. Many of the students come from broken and sad home lives. Making believe is a lovely escape from there realities.

My baby bottles will service the dolls already present, boys and girls alike nurture the dolls we have. It's a great opportunity to feel compassion and love towards a needy helpless life. Never to early to start teaching such love.

Play food that is healthy is always a good idea.

Mrs. Marshall
Grades 3-5
Nearly all 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 350 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DG546 - Magna-Tiles® - Starter Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $52.99 1 $52.99
RR653 - Lakeshore Community Block Play People • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
FF304 - Toddler-Safe Food Basket • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
DS240 - Baby Doll Blankets & Bottles • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99

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