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Mr. Menard from Milwaukee WI is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help! I Need Somebody!

My students need supplies such as notebooks, pencils, and an inviting environment. Our district is pushing mindfulness for a healthy community.

  • $448 goal

This project expired on December 23, 2018.

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My Students

We are a school where about a quarter of our students have special needs and about 80% are economically disadvantaged. We are in an urban city that is rated the worst in the nation for large urban cities. Our funding is repeatedly cut by politicians. My school's population is around 90% African American.

We service students from the areas that have been hardest hit by poverty, lack of jobs, mental illness, childhood trauma, and civil unrest.

These students deserve more. They truly lack the "privilege" that their suburban counterparts share. The students are in desperate need of basic supplies and relying on the kindness of donations.

My Project

My students need the basic supplies that support their diverse cultural backgrounds and learning styles. Often my students come to school with no supplies. The supplies that I provide are used up quickly and aggressively.

The factors against my children are extreme, and we need the generosity of our community to help supplement our needs.

Our school is old. We are always looking for ways to upgrade, update, and create an inviting learning environment.

I picked out some motivational posters to help with school climate and cultural diversity. There are pens, pencils, and paper for the students who are most in need of basic supplies. We also run out of printer paper fast. Students really enjoy printing up their papers to post in the room.

Every day, there is dialogue about recognizing individual strengths while working across racial, cultural, and ideological boundaries toward goals of unity and mutual respect. Without the basic necessities like pens and pencils, it is difficult to focus on the broader, more important issues of life-scaping.

Mr. Menard
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 32 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mead Spiral Notebook, College Ruled, 1 Subject, 70 Sheets, 7.5" x 10.5", Assorted Colors, 24 Pack • Amazon Business $27.84 4 $111.36
Hammermill Paper, Copy Paper, 8.5 x 11 Paper, Letter Size, 20lb Paper, 92 Bright, 8 Ream Case / 4,000 Sheets (113640C) Acid Free Paper • Amazon Business $25.58 2 $51.16
Pre-Sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils Bulk, 500 Pack • Amazon Business $42.95 1 $42.95
AmazonBasics Wood-cased Pencils - #2 HB - Box of 144 • Amazon Business $9.99 4 $39.96
Creative Teaching Press Inspire U 8-Chart Pack (6686) • Amazon Business $20.30 1 $20.30
BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Blue, 60-Count • Amazon Business $4.00 5 $20.00
Fun Express Bulk Plastic Pencil Sharpener Assortment (144 Pack) • Amazon Business $17.90 1 $17.90
Motivational and Inspirational Posters with Quotes for School or College Decor. Art Prints with Positive Vibes. Set Includes Four 11x17 inch Posters. Great as Graduation Gifts or Classroom Posters • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Woodstock Solo Silver Zenergy Chime- Eastern Energies Collection • Amazon Business $12.72 1 $12.72
Amaonm Removable Vinyl Black Dr Seuss The More That You Read, The More Things You Will Know Inspirational Education Wall Decals Stickers Decor for Kids Bedroom Living Room Classroom Offices (12"x22") • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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