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Ms. Foust from Indianapolis IN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Heavy Hearts Need Busy Hands

Help me give my students tools to help them calm down, engage and problem solve.

  • $218 goal

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My Students

As a school social worker I see a range of kids come through my office. We talk about everything from getting to school on time or who is bothering them on the bus to who is hurting them at home or why the police were at their house the night before. I see brave kids, scared kids, kids who need chill time and groups of kids learning to be friends. I have kids who come to my office for a friendly visit and some who are not feeling so friendly and need to calm down. Sometimes my kids need to talk about uncomfortable things and other times they need distraction.

My Project

Many students who come to my office to talk or problem solve are anxious and scared. Being able to give them something to play with while we talk can distract them from their anxiety, fear and, or frustration.

Coloring can help a little girl have a place to look while she is telling me about what is going on at home.

It gives her permission not to have to look me in the eyes while talking about an uncomfortable situation. Coloring can also provide respite and distraction for a grief stricken/ frustrated/ traumatized student who just needs a break.

Students play card games in my office at lunch. It is a great way for them to engage with each other. It provides a fun, semi- structured atmosphere where they can practice social emotional skills. I like to play card games with students as a way to help build relationships. Being able to laugh and create fun moments can make it easier to share tougher ones.

The items I have listed in this grant will allow me to reach kids who need to talk, play with kids who need connection and give respite to those who need a little distraction.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hygloss Products Colorful Paperback Blank Books - Sketch, Writing, Journaling, Coloring Book for Children and Adults - 5.5" x 8.5", Pack of 20 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $28.67 1 $28.67
Tomons Magnetic Blocks for Kids, 76 Pcs Magnet Building Tiles Block Construction Toys, Creativity Kids Educational Toys Brain Games for Kids with Guide Booklet for Edutainment Gift ( Carrying Bag) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
120 Colored Pencils - Premium Soft Core 120 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Color Pencil Set for Adult Coloring Books, Artist Drawing, Sketching, Crafting • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Ok2Win 3UP 3DOWN Card Game • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
Monopoly Deal Card Game • Amazon Business $7.75 2 $15.50
SET Enterprises Five Crowns • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Crayola Sketchbook (4-Pack) • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Notebook Doodles Super Cute: Coloring & Activity Book (Design Originals) (32 Adorable Animal Designs; Beginner-Friendly Relaxing, Creative Art Activities; High-Quality Extra-Thick Perforated Paper) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Color Cute Coloring Book: Perfectly Portable Pages (On-the-Go Coloring Book) (Design Originals) Extra-Thick High-Quality Perforated Pages; Convenient 5x8 Size is Perfect to Take Along Wherever You Go • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Color Animals Coloring Book: Perfectly Portable Pages (On-the-Go! Coloring Book) (Design Originals) Extra-Thick High-Quality Perforated Pages in Convenient 5x8 Size Easy to Take Along Everywhere • Amazon Business $3.97 1 $3.97

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