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Mrs. Fountain from Orange TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Escape Hogwarts!

My students need engaging surroundings to truly feel immersed in the wizarding world and help set the stage for our escape room! We need a suitcase, scene setter, keepsake boxes, bird cage, lantern, stationery, perfume bottle, posters owl, and quill pen.

  • $616 goal

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My Students

I work in a very small community that sits on the southern state line of Texas and Louisiana. Two days before the first day of the school year Hurricane Harvey devastated our town. Of the 1,800 students we service, 1,100 were directly affected by the storm. Many lost everything. Not only possessions, but their very homes. Forcing them to live in a variety of situations; motels, shelters, RVs, pop-up trailers or moving in with relatives. It took two months for us to obtain enough space in our district to resume school. Our entire Junior High campus was relocated to the high school.

We created classrooms in any and every available space, including gyms, closets, foyers, and dressing rooms.

We've each had to create our "classrooms" from extremely limited furnishings. I am currently using a folding table for my teacher desk and a shower curtain as a whiteboard. My classroom is actually the high school drill team's practice studio; complete with an entire wall of mirrors! I've done what I can to make it a safe and welcoming place for my students, but I need your help to do more.

My Project

Escape rooms are all the rage in the area where we live. I created one earlier this year during our Edgar Allan Poe unit. The students LOVED it! They were able to review informational material from our unit in a variant way that was fun and engaging. What "sold" the experience most was the full immersion into the world of Poe that I tried to create with decor items such as: bones, mice, dark curtains, candles, trowels, mortar and bricks, etc.

I am trying to put together an escape room with Harry Potter's magical world as the theme.

I want to use this escape room as my end-of-year review before our state mandated testing. Not only do I want it to be collaborative and educational, but an experience they won't forget! The more enchanting the environment, the more successful the learning.

Now that I have the Breakout EDU Kits, the decor is the remaining piece to help the students feel they have actually stepped into the wizarding world. Snape's Potion's classroom full of potion bottles. The room will be transformed into the inside of a castle with the stone patterned backdrops. LED candles will hang from the ceiling. The suitcase will be in Harry's trolley right outside the door. The red stone backdrop will be slit so that the students can actually "crossover" into Hogwarts Castle. Using the ink cartridges, I"ll print every student their own ticket for Platform 9 and 3/4. They will spend the day working cooperatively as small teams to solve increasingly challenging puzzles that lead to their final freedom from Hogwarts!

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

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Quickway Imports Old Vintage Suitcase Medium • Amazon Business $48.85 1 $48.85
Stone Wall Scene Setter • Amazon Business $16.60 2 $33.20
Kodak 30B/30C Combo Ink Cartridge - Black/Color - 1 Year Limited Warranty • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
5-Candle Metal Candelabra,Black • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Harry Potter: House of Hogwarts Wall Scroll 22" x 32" • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Harry Potter: Collectible Quidditch Set - Accessory • Amazon Business $22.41 1 $22.41
WaaHome Decorative Wooden Book Boxes Faux Wood Leather Jewelry Book Box Set with Deer Decoration, Set of 2 • Amazon Business $21.59 1 $21.59
Union United Solutions 55160 Cauldron, 16", Black • Amazon Business $20.32 1 $20.32
3-Candle Metal Candelabra,Bronze • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Best Flameless Timer LED Candles - Slim Set of 6, 2" Wide and 2"- 9" Tall, Ivory dripping Wax and Flickering Amber Yellow Flame by LED Lytes Flameless Candles • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
WaaHome Faux Book Box Antique Wooden Leather Jewelry Keepsake Boxes Set with Floral Decoration,Set of 2 • Amazon Business $19.59 1 $19.59
PET SHOW Round Birdcages Metal Wall Hanging Bird Cage for Small Birds Wedding Party Indoor Ourdoor Decoration 13.8INCH Black Pack of 1 • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Amber Glass Moroccan Style Lantern with optional matching LED Fairy String Lights • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Vintiquewise(TM) Old-Fashioned Small Suitcase/Decorative Box with Straps • Amazon Business $17.81 1 $17.81
Purple Glass Moroccan Style Candle Lantern - Great for Patio, Indoors/Outdoors, Events, Parties and Weddings • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
96-Sheet Stationery Paper - Old Fashion Aged Classic Vintage Antique Design, Double Sided - 6 Designs - Perfect for Printing, Copying, Crafting, Tickets, Certificate, Invitations, 8.5 x 11 Inches • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
CraftsOfEgypt Genie Blown Glass Miniature Perfume Bottles for Perfumes & Essential Oils, Set of 5 Decorative Vials, Each 2" High (5cm), Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Platform 9 3/4 Vintage Decoration Wall Poster (Vintage Poster) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Homemory 12PCS Battery Operated Flameless LED Taper Candles Lights, 0.79 x 6.5 Inch, for Wedding, Birthday, Churches, Harry Potter Party Decorations(Yellow) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
UNIQOOO Arts & Crafts Vintage Hogwarts Ministry of Magic School Wax Seal Stamp Kit- Rosy Red & Royal Gold- Great Gift Idea for Artistic Types and Everyone In-between • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Rafter Barn Owl 7" by Douglas Cuddle Toys • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
11 x 17 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Poster • Amazon Business $9.63 1 $9.63
AWESOME Vintage Feather Quill Pen Deluxe Natural Swan Fountain Pen Nib Calligraphy Writing Quill Pen 9 Colors | Purple • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
AWESOME Vintage Feather Quill Pen Deluxe Natural Swan Fountain Pen Nib Calligraphy Writing Quill Pen 9 Colors | Garnet • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Aokbean Mixed Set of 30 Vintage Skeleton Keys in Antique Bronze - Set of 30 Keys • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Package of 24 Small Mini Glass Jars with Cork Stoppers - Size: 1-1/2" Tall X 3/4 Inches Diameter • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Castle Entrance Door Cover Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg) • Amazon Business $5.33 1 $5.33

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