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  • $484 goal

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Mrs. Rusk
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Help us Rebuild through Preschool Play!

My students need dress-up clothes and home living props, floor puzzles and garages for their toy cars to enhance their pretend play and cooperative learning.

My Students

Play is the work of children. Dramatic play, puzzles and block play help children learn to problem solve, construct, role play, act out situations that interest, frighten or confuse them. My children need dress up clothes, floor puzzles and garages for their play cars to help learn these skills!

My student are a blend of typically developing and special needs preschoolers from a high poverty area.

Many of them are delayed developmentally and need extra support to learn and grow. Many of our families don't have the toys and learning materials in their homes that foster the development of children. Our community suffered a huge disaster on May 22 with the EF tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin. Play is also therapy for children and our children need opportunity to play, to construct, to pretend, to socialize, in order to process some of the things that have happened, not to mention just to grow as children and learners.

My Project

My students need to be able to pretend, to role play, to act out real and imagined situations in order to better process them. The dramatic play costumes will help them pretend to be the kind of grownups they want to be. As their teacher, I will facilitate their play to help them develop and grow in a constructive way. The puzzles and block area toys are so good for their fine motor, planning and cooperative social skills. Their may be budding builders, engineers or mathematicians in my classroom!

The children in my school district have been through a horrendous ordeal in the last 3 months.

In our schools, we want to give them a safe, positive, enriching environment so they can heal, learn and grow. The dress up clothes and puzzles and block area toys I would like are key parts to an enriching, developmentally appropriate preschool environment. Many of my students don't have toys at home and this is their only chance for enrichment before they start kindergarten.

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
EE557 - Lakeshore Hardwood Doll Highchair • Lakeshore Learning $59.95 1 $59.95
TB125 - Simple Shapes Puzzle Board • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
FK224 - Giant Fire Truck Floor Puzzle • Lakeshore Learning $12.99 1 $12.99
FK225 - Construction Site Floor Puzzle • Lakeshore Learning $12.99 1 $12.99
FK324 - Animals in the Barn Floor Puzzle • Lakeshore Learning $12.99 1 $12.99
GG872 - Lakeshore Community Garages • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95
AZ985 - Push-Button Play Phone • Lakeshore Learning $12.95 1 $12.95
DR781 - Doctor’s Office • Lakeshore Learning $24.95 1 $24.95
LC807 - Doctor Costume • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
LC815 - Construction Worker Costume • Lakeshore Learning $34.95 1 $34.95
LM408 - Grandma’s Dress-Up Trunk • Lakeshore Learning $99.00 1 $99.00

Materials cost

$370.62

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.56

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$411.18

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$72.56

Total project goal

$483.74

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$483.74

3 Donors

-$241.87

Donations toward project cost

-$205.59

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$36.28

match offer

-$241.87

Match offer toward project cost

-$205.59

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$36.28

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 30 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by Lakeshore Learning and 3 other donors.

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