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Ms. Barnes from Washington DC is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Students Feel Loved At School: Birthday Celebrations For ALL!

Help me give my students a memorable birthday celebration so they feel loved and a valuable part of our school community.

  • $356 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students reside in a high-poverty community and most of their parents work long hours and struggle to help them with homework. Most students read below grade level and are focused on day-to-day survival instead of working toward long-term academic goals. My students depend on the school for cognitive stimulation, encouragement, stability, social services and tangible resources. Although my students have enormous potential, they also have numerous environmental and socioeconomic challenges. Some students have gaps in their learning that require remediation, while others would benefit from enrichment and advanced learning opportunities.

My Project

Everyone wants to feel they are special, loved and part of a community. At times, school can feel intense as school districts and stakeholders focus on students' academic growth. Academic growth is important but so is socio-emotional growth, relationship building and celebrating milestones in students' lives. In fact, creating an environment that promotes feelings of safety, love and belonging can help students to develop positive self-esteem and the tools to reach their potential.

This project is aimed at helping students feel loved and part of a community by providing birthday celebrations for students' throughout the year.

Each student will receive a gift bag with a crown, birthday wristband and personalized pencils (engraved with their name) to celebrate their special day. As a result, students will have another opportunity to be celebrated within their school community.

Ms. Barnes
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Personalized Pencils - Value Pack Set of 3 • ATLAS PEN & PENCIL CORPORATION $0.99 130 $128.70
STD6559 - Birthday Wristbands • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 13 $64.87
SCT2817 - Birthday Crowns • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.39 5 $51.95

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