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Ms. B. from Chicago IL is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help students in wheelchairs experience movement.

The cost of a Height Adjustment System, Junior Size Swing Set with Platforms, a Therapy Net and a Heavy Duty Homestead Frame is $2923, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $2,923 goal

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I work in the Chicago Public Schools as an occupational therapist. This year I was assigned to a school that received about 20+ students from Spalding school. Spalding school was a school that serviced primarily children with disabilities and was initially shutdown temporarily because of renovations, but then permanently because of the "No Child Left Behind Act". Now, many of the children are in "regular" schools with limited to no resources/ equipment. We have 25+ students (ex-Spalding as well as non-Spalding children) who are unable to experience movement to its fullest because of their disability. Some are even confined to their wheelchairs and are dependant on those who care for them to provide opportunities to experience movement. I am looking to provide these students with a swing at school specially designed for children to experience what their peers experience on a daily basis. How can a swing help? A swing, with a variety of platforms, provides a number of movement opportunities. The child's body awareness and coordination improves; these components are vital for interaction with one's environment. Movement also improves postural tone which directly affects balance and the ability to sit and stand. These movement opportunities have also been known to improve alertness and attention span, preparing the child for a great learning experience. At least 25 students will have the opportunity to experience the swing during the course of a week. It will be a piece of permanent equipment at the school so it will be used for many years. For the swing we will require the base, various platforms (types of swings), and stimulating toys to play with. Most of these children, coming from low-income homes, do not have such equipment at home nor can they afford to go to an outpatient clinic. These children, especially those bound to wheelchairs, will experience something that their healthy, ambulatory peers achieve through ordinary play.

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

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
HEAVY DUTY HOMESTAND FRAME S404743 (INSTITUTIONAL USE) • Abilitations, Inc. $867.99 1 $867.99
JUNIOR SIZE SWINGS W/SWIVEL SET 3-PLYWOOD PLATFORM,HANGING • Abilitations, Inc. $438.99 1 $438.99
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM 107031 • Abilitations, Inc. $242.99 1 $242.99
THERAPY NET MFG NO: 0130 • Abilitations, Inc. $71.99 1 $71.99

Materials cost

$1,621.96

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

3rd party payment processing fee

Fulfillment labor & materials

Total project cost

$2,396.45

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$526.05

Total project goal

$2,922.50

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$2,922.50

1 Donor

-$2,755.92

Donations toward project cost

-$2,397.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$358.92

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$167.25

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$0.00

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