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Ms. Rueth from Tampa FL is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Me to Help My Special Students

My students need specialty items such as Talk Blocks, Recorder GoTalk Ones, Abilitations Weighted Smiling Starfish, and a Repki Handi-Writer.

  • $367 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Oh, the things you can find if you don't stay behind." -Dr. Seuss. All I want for my students is to give them every opportunity to grow and learn just like their regular education peers. They can do it. They just need specialized devices and objects to help them connect with others and to learn.

My classroom is filled with interesting, bright, and special children who just need a little more attention than most.

My students are all non-verbal, some are non-ambulatory, and all have significant cognitive disabilities...but to me all these statements are just labels. I do not believe that any of this should limit them from growing and learning. Each student has his own unique personality and each student has the right to get the best education in order to help him grow into a strong and independent person. My students are Intellectually Disabled and they do have a harder time than their regular education peers with doing well in school. But with the right equipment, technology, devices, and objects my students can attend and achieve.

My Project

My project involves devices and aids to foster academic learning, communication, independent functioning, and social skills. Since my students are all non-verbal the use of the communication devices,Talk Blocks and GoTalk One will give them a 'voice'. The devices will be used for my students to answer questions about lessons and personal needs, to interact socially with their peers, and to initiate questions during lessons. My students all have special sensory stimulation needs that inhibit their ability to focus and relax. The sensory items, Weighted Starfish and Spiky Gloves will go a long way towards engendering attention and serenity, which in turn will enable them to grow academically. Gross and fine motor skills are an issue for my students, so getting them to write is hard for them as they cannot easily hold crayons and pencils. By using the Repk Handi-Writer they will be able to write, which will in turn help them with learning and communication.

This project will be a start to making sure I can do my best to do all I can for my students.The main thing this project will do is give students who are usually passed over and underestimated the opportunity to shine.

They will be able to learn and interact with others, they will be given the opportunity to show me what they can do, and they will gain confidence. Imagine being trapped in your head with no way to connect with the people around you...wouldn't you want someone to give you a voice?

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Ms. Rueth
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 6 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Talk Block (Set of 5) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $67.96 2 $135.92
Abilitations 1385376 Weighted Smiling StarFish Pillows (Set of 2) • Amazon Business $46.23 1 $46.23
RECORDER GOTALK ONE • School Specialty $12.35 3 $37.05
ELECTRONIC STORY SUBSCRIPTION DAILY ROUTINES COL 1 • School Specialty $28.39 1 $28.39
REPK HANDI-WRITER - SET OF 3 • School Specialty $15.40 1 $15.40
Play Visions Spiky Gloves (Colors Vary) • Amazon Business $6.15 1 $6.15

Materials cost

$269.14

Vendor shipping charges

$8.08

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.04

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$311.26

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$54.93

Total project goal

$366.19

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$366.19

1 Donor

-$200.00

Donations toward project cost

-$170.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.00

match offer

-$166.19

Match offer toward project cost

-$141.26

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.93

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$0.00

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