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Mrs. Smock from Oelwein IA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Students De-Stress the Stress!

Help me give my students opportunities such as liquid fidget timers and relaxing water painting to help them de-stress, work through anxiety and support them safely to be successful at school through their academics and peer relationships.

  • $330 goal

This project expired on December 11, 2019.

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My Students

I am the school counselor for a middle school that provides education for 425 students 5th through 8th grade. The students in this district come from predominantly lower socioeconomic households and too often experience trauma within their families.

The students at our school are constantly searching for healthy ways to express their feelings, engage with others in a positive manner, learn better decision-making skills and to feel safe.

These students work hard at improving their communication skills, identifying their thoughts and feelings, and using these skills to improve everyday interactions with others through character classes. Unfortunately, with many of the students struggling with additional stressors outside of school, the students often feel helpless, anxious, worried, angry and misunderstood.

My Project

Incorporating several options of stress relief, as well as fidgets, will allow the students ways to channel anxiety, nervousness, eagerness, scaredness and overwhelm into a more supportive and successful learning environment for academics and relationships.

Many of these students struggle with outside school stressors and issues such as poverty, divorce, substance abuse, and violence.

By providing additional stress relievers, the students can come to school and feel safe and know they are supported. The more the students feel safe, the better they will succeed in their educational endeavors.

When students enter my office, the more items they have available to focus on when communicating issues they have, the more safe and secure they may feel as well as allowing them to not feel awkward or uncomfortable.

Mrs. Smock
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 425 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Liquid Timer 3 Pack Sensory Fidget Toy, Multi-Colored Desk Toy by Playlearn (Spiral) • Amazon Business $21.99 4 $87.96
The Original BUDDHA BOARD:Relaxing Water Painting with Bamboo Brush & Stand, Mindfulness & Meditation Practice, Environmentally Friendly.Zen Concept Live in The Moment. Master The Art of letting go. • Amazon Business $34.94 1 $34.94
LEDeng 30pcs Random Mini Squishies Squishy Toy Party Favors for Kids Mochi Squishy Toy moji Kids Party Favors Squishy Bulk Mini Kawaii squishies Mochi Animals Stress Reliever Anxiety Storage Box • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
MagZen - Unique Magnetic Zen Garden Zen Box, All Natural Real Magnetic Sand Mined from Arizona USA - Does Not Stain Hands • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Fun Express - Glitter Cube Mind Teasers (2dz) - Toys - Games - Puzzle Games & Mind Teasers - 24 Pieces • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
ScienceGeek Kinetic Art Asteroid - Electronic Perpetual Motion Desk Toy Home Decoration • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
AUSTOR 20 Pieces Fidget Toys Relieve Stress Increase Focus Sensory Marble and Mesh Fidgets for Adults and Children with ADHD ADD OCD Autism, 10 Colors • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99

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