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Ms. Petrizzo from Chicago IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Headphones Full of Learning

Help me give my students AVID headphones and dry erase erasers.

  • $159 goal

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My Students

How can we close the achievement gap if our students don't have resources to support their learning and aid them in achievement? A review of student grades and school-wide data indicate that students with disabilities are the lowest-performing sub-group at our elementary school.

The students in my classroom are primarily students with specific learning disabilities in reading and math.

Many of these students have experienced trauma in their lives and have difficulty coming to school. My classroom serves students with a range of disabilities including intellectual disabilities, other health impairments and specific learning disabilities. The typical student in my class reads at a second-grade level and many struggles with basic phonics and number sense. Seventy percent of my students are Hispanic and thirty percent are African American. All of them receive free or reduced price lunch, coming from high poverty and marginalized areas in the city of Chicago. The opportunity and achievement gaps are apparent among the student population. We have very few textbooks or curriculum in our classroom, as well as outdated furniture and no flexible seating to help these diverse learners learn in a variety of ways.

My Project

The students in my class use Chromebooks daily to help them learn. My students are diverse learners and many of them struggle to read. The computer programs they use read the material to them. However, we do not have headphones for each student to listen to their material.

Headphones will help my students learn in peace.

This will keep them less distracted so they are able to focus on their own work. We also need dry erase erases to help us with math and reading. My students currently use white boards to solve math equations and write their sight words. We do not have enough erasers so students are often sharing or using a piece of paper instead. These would really help to keep them engaged during class.

Ms. Petrizzo
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 17 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Pencil Grip Dry Erase Erasers, Yellow, 12/Pack (TPG-355) • Staples Advantage $11.89 5 $59.45
AVID AE 08 headphones • CDW-G $1.97 22 $43.34

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