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Mrs. Rodriguez-Corriere from Denver CO is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help! I'm Melting!

My students need a silent fan that moves air above the level of their desks because our school does NOT have air conditioning and we are on the second floor.

  • $188 goal

This project expired on September 13, 2014.

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My Students

"If you aren't talking, you aren't learning!" Without air conditioning, temperatures can reach 98 degrees and students shut down. Students stop participating in lessons, some fall asleep, others get headaches or stomachaches...but the partner/group work stops as well as the learning.

I have a second floor 5th grade classroom in a circa 1920 building.

I teach 1st generation college bound bilingual Spanish minority students. The building has no air conditioning or classroom fans. It is an urban school with over 80% of students unable to afford lunch. The staff, administration and the students are all wonderful! Parents are highly supportive of the teachers and help out whenever they can. Despite the poverty, the future educational outlook is bright. The entire school has a college focus and teachers are innovative in their instruction and teaching strategies. A high level of respect and community is established between students and staff at the beginning of every year and maintained throughout with events such as Friday all-school meetings and celebration rallies led by the principal.

My Project

The fan specifically mentioned is a silent fan, therefore it should not disrupt instruction or student conversation. Allowing everyone in the room to speak at normal voice levels and not compete with fan noise. It is also a 5 foot tall fan, thus providing air flow/cooling above the level of students desks and not blowing the papers off students desks. The fan is also quite powerful which can provide air flow for a classroom that is 27 ft. by 23 ft. with 14 foot high ceilings and devoid of insulation. I believe if I can bring the temperature down to around 80 degrees, it would help students concentrate on school work better since the heat isn't stifling. This should help academic achievement during August, September, October, May and June (38% of the year).

The learning time needs to be maximized while in the classroom for my urban poverty students, which in turn means the environment must be comfortable and safe.

Providing air flow continuously may not only lower the overall temperature in the room but also have a cooling effect because the air would no longer be stagnant and stifling. This will help students focus on learning and prevent "ailments caused by heat."

Mrs. Rodriguez-Corriere
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 27 students.

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Rowenta VU5551 Turbo Silence 4-Speed Oscillating Pedestal Fan with Remote Control, 16-Inch, Bronze • Amazon $119.99 1 $119.99

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