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Mrs. Harrison from Saint Ann MO is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Me Create a Trauma-Sensitive Room for my 8th Graders

My students need light covers, kinetic sand, modeling clay, fidget toys, stress balls, roll n rattle balls, Gel-E seat and pencils for a trauma-sensitive classroom in order to meet their diverse needs.

  • $496 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My district is diverse and vibrant. I haven't met my 8th graders yet, but I know that will be great. At times my students can be distracted from learning by things happening outside of the classroom. More than 3/4 of my students come from low income households.

Many of my students have been exposed to trauma and they need a trauma-sensitive classroom.

I want to make sure all of my students feel that my classroom is a safe and welcoming place that is sensitive to their diverse needs.

My Project

I work in a school district that exposure to trauma is common. I want to create a positive environment in which my students know they are safe and welcome. I want to create a calming center for my students so they have strategies to help and somewhere to go when they are feeling dysregulated. The fluorescent classroom lights create a harsh light that can cause headaches. The light diffusers will help avoid that. Exposure to trauma affects the way the brain develops. Students need to be able to physically manipulate things like sand and play doh in order to work out their stress. They also need small fidgets to help them work off any anxious energy so they are better able to focus on their work. Gel-e seats and kinetic sands are another way they can work off anxious energy, while remaining seated, they are great for helping students focus.

Mrs. Harrison
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GEL-E-SEAT • School Specialty $33.15 2 $66.30
20349-1048-Jolly Superstick X-Big Colored Pencils - Assorted Colors, Set of 48 • Blick Art Materials $27.45 2 $54.90
ShadeMAGIC Fluorescent Light Covers for Classroom or Office - Light Filter pack of (4); Eliminate Harsh Glare that causing Eyestrain and Head Strain. Office & Classroom Decorations. Light Diffusers • Amazon Business $26.59 2 $53.18
KIT HAND BALL DELUXE SET OF 11 • School Specialty $42.59 1 $42.59
PD MODELING COMPOUND 3 OZ CANS SET OF 48 • School Specialty $38.90 1 $38.90
COLORED KINETIC SAND - 5 LB PURPLE • School Specialty $37.84 1 $37.84
BALLS ROLL N RATTLE SET OF 6 • School Specialty $36.91 1 $36.91
FUN FIDGET! SET OF 5 • School Specialty $24.63 1 $24.63

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