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Ms. K. Marquez from Portland OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Healing Young Hearts and Minds

Help me give my students therapeutic board games like Expressionary!, manuals/workbooks, books, and reflection cards (Thoughts and Feelings, and Mindfullness Matters), to help them gain tools they need in order to be successful in their education.

  • $994 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My Students

I work with and encourage students daily, some who are doing well, and also work many kids who have their heads down, are in tears, or are being aggressive.

My main challenge: they need guidance, but they are rebellious, question authority, and are distracted. The impact of your support will be noticed in both personal and school success.

As counselor I serve over 400 students.

I work with many at-risk, low-income children and families, some with significant trauma. Some parents are imprisoned, addicted, or absent. To help each student achieve in healthy ways, I try to teach them how to live well together, understand social codes, and to develop positive life plans. I have observed that attractive, constructive materials help me to engage them in difficult self-work, whether they act out or do not show their emotional problems at school. The materials that I am requesting, such as therapeutic board games, books, reflection cards, and lesson manuals, help me to engage the students in positive personal, social, academic, and career related growth. Your financial support will help me to promote positive skill development and self-respect for many at-risk students I see in my practice in school.

My Project

I am a School Counselor at Lent, for nearly 400 students from Kindergarten to 4th grade; Isometimes support 200 students from 5th to 8th grade in the Southeast area of Portland, Oregon. My population includes many kids at high risk of dropping out and developing risky behaviors; many are low income and neglected. They want to do well, and deserve a bright future, but they need hope and activities that can help them actively practice healthy strengths and ways to cope with risky situations, trauma, high stress, or absent parents.

During my class guidance lessons and lunch/recess monitoring I am inclusive of all my students and focus on promoting understanding and teach by modeling how to live well together, understand social codes, and to develop positive life plans.

As professional dancer, I have also observed that active, and attractive materials help me to engage them in difficult work, whether they act out or do not show their emotional problems at school, and will also help to promote a healthy physical and mental way of living.

Ms. K. Marquez
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Expressionary!: A Guessing Game Using Words, Movement and Sketches • Amazon Business $56.90 1 $56.90
What Should I Do Now?: A Game That Teaches Social Decisions Making • Amazon Business $25.90 2 $51.80
Mindfulness Cards, Therapy for Kids Card Games: 3 Games in 1 Box, Fun Family Game That Teaches Mindfulness, Social and Emotional Skills for Kids and Teens, Therapy Tools for Counselors and Teachers • Amazon Business $21.95 2 $43.90
Stress Bingo for Teens: An Engaging and Educational Game About Stress and Ways to Reduce It • Amazon Business $41.90 1 $41.90
Small Group Counseling for Children K-2 • Amazon Business $37.95 1 $37.95
Small Group Counseling, Grades 2-5 with CD • Amazon Business $35.34 1 $35.34
The Caring Counselor's Book of Reproducibles • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
201 Icebreakers : Group MIxers, Warm-Ups, Energizers, and Playful Activities • Amazon Business $27.57 1 $27.57
201 Icebreakers : Group MIxers, Warm-Ups, Energizers, and Playful Activities • Amazon Business $27.57 1 $27.57
Ultimate Mindfulness Activity Book: 150 Playful Mindfulness Activities for Kids and Teens (and Grown-Ups too!) • Amazon Business $13.46 2 $26.92
Individual Counseling, Lessons for Adolescents (Grades 7-12) • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Defying the Defiance • Amazon Business $24.87 1 $24.87
101 Creative Strategies for Helping Children with High Stress Levels • Amazon Business $22.95 1 $22.95
The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing (The Social Justice Handbook Series) • Amazon Business $22.46 1 $22.46
2, 4, 6, 8 This Is How We Regulate: 75 Play Therapy Activities to Increase Mindfulness in Children • Amazon Business $20.06 1 $20.06
Feelings and Dealings: An Emotions and Empathy Card Game | Award-Winning | Therapy Games for Kids | Social and Emotional Skills Development | Feelings Flash Cards • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger • Amazon Business $18.74 1 $18.74
Mindfulness Matters: The game that uses mindfulness skills to improve coping in everyday life • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Thoughts and Feelings: A Sentence Completion Card Game • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning & Behavior • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
The Original Mood Flipbook for Kids; 20 Different Moods/Emotions; Autism; ADHD; Help Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices; Laminated Pages (Monster Flipbook) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Create-It Counseling • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Create-It Counseling • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
What Do You Stand For? Character Building Card Game • Amazon Business $13.33 1 $13.33
Just Kidding • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Imagine That: Creative Exercises to Help Young People Learn to Improve Their Behavioral Self-Control • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Teen Talk in a Jar • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Gate 35 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge Scratch Poster - Help Beat Stress, Anxiety and Boost Your Mood • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Rx for Stress In a Jar®: Tips for Less Stress in Your Life • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Choices in a Jar • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Think Twice In a Jar® • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
A Terrible Thing Happened • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Stop Picking On Me (A First Look At Bullying) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Is It Right To Fight?: A First Look at Anger (A First Look at...Series) • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79

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