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Ms. Levy from Bellerose NY is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need paper shredders as part of their vocational training. They will be utilized to develop many skills including fine motor skills and attention to task.

  • $633 goal

This project expired on July 9, 2015.

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My Students

I teach a prevocational program in a NYC District 75 school. D75 schools are for students that need extra attention with limited class size. I want to provide them with more opportunities to be productive members of society and give them a skill that can be employable in many environments.

My classroom consists of 11 extraordinary students classified with disabilities such as autism, learning disabled, and multiple disabilities.

It is a high school class, ages range from 15-21, of relatively high functioning students. When they graduate at 21, these students will not attend college but attend day habitation programs and do volunteer work in the community, some might even attain paying jobs. As their teacher I am preparing my students for life when they are no longer in school- to give them as many opportunities as possible to increase their marketable skills. As part of the program, we go to work sites where their jobs include filling orders, maintenance, shopping, stocking shelves and teacher's aides. Each one of them is special and each have their own strengths. It is my job to find those strengths and develop them further. It is a "life-skills" program geared toward developing skills that will create independence, self esteem and worth in their communities.

My Project

I am requesting shredding machines and the help of funding from PwC to aid in their education towards independence. As financial literacy is so important to any person, it is paramount to my students as they don't often understand the meaning of making money or spending money. With the shredding machines I am requesting, my students will learn many skills. When shredding paper in the school building and various worksites, they will learn skills such as attention to task, collaborative work, fine motor skills, and when we take the shredded paper to a recycling facility, financial literacy. They will earn money for the work they have done! This is a concept most people know but because my students have been limited in their experiences, they don't understand yet. I want and need to give my students that opportunity. I want to thank PwC for their support of students with special needs and their desire to promote financial literacy. I will make the most of this project and ensure success!

Donations to this project will ensure greater success to students.

They will obtain skills and the resources will provide many more students the same opportunity. My class is housed in a building with only 4 other classes providing prevocational skills and each will have access to the shredding machines and all the benefits. Each student will feel the same enthusiasm, sense of accomplishment,independence and experience payment for services. Thank you again PwC for your grant for financial literacy

Ms. Levy
Grades 9-12
  • Queens High School of Teaching
  • Bellerose, NY
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Fellowes - Powershred 63Cb 10-Sheet Crosscut Shredder - Black • Best Buy Education $125.03 4 $500.12

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