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Mrs. VARUGHESE from Brooklyn NY is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Helping Hands

My students need items like gathering drums, pencils, sentence strips, glue sticks, and laminated pouches, along with stress relief balls, so that they can focus clearly on their academics.

  • $478 goal

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My Students

I am lucky to have a group of students from various cultures and spectrums. My students come from low-income families that are vey broken and they struggle with having three meals a day. I want to create a positive environment for them, whether it is gifting them with a pencil or an eraser, it just makes their day! I work with special needs students. My goal is to bring my students up on the state standards and I am trying my best to aim that goal. I modify my lessons according to the needs of each student by different approaches. I do small group, use different graphic organizers, visual pictures, technology and give them positive reinforcement.

"Teachers inspire, motivate and draw the path a student needs to take"

-Herman J Sleinherr.

I truly believe Sleinherr's words. Every student IS a gift and they are capable, even with their disabilities. My students are trying their best each day but they can be even more successful with some aids.

My Project

My students need items like gathering drums, pencils, sentence strips, glue sticks, and laminated pouches, along with stress relief balls, so that they can focus clearly on their academics. My students attention span is vey limited and these items helped them to focus more on their task at hand. They are easily distracted because several of them struggle with ADHD and the stress balls will help motivate and keep my students focused. My students do not like pen and paper activities. They learn audibly by using the drums, and tablets. They learn visually with teacher made laminated activities, fabric, writing aids, word strips, etc. The materials I am asking for will help these students be more successful in their learning.

I wanted to share how these tools will be beneficial for my students: Gathering drum will help the students stay motivated due to the sound of this instrument.

The stress balls will help my students with their anxiety. I also have several students who have ADHD and this will give them something to focus their attention, by fidgeting with these stress balls and not distract others in the process. My students will use pencils to write with and they will receive birthday pencils On thei special day as a treat for them to know that someone is thinking of them. The glue and tape and sentence strips will be we utilize on a variety of class assignments.

Please consider donating to this cause, or if you have any further questions, I will be more than glad to answer them. I will be so grateful and will my students! Thank you!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Remo KD-5816-01 Kids Percussion Gathering Drum - Fabric Rain Forest, 16" • Amazon Business $59.95 1 $59.95
Motivational Stress Ball Assortment - Teacher Peach Stress Relief Toys for Kids and Adults - Best as Inspirational Teacher Gift or Office Gift for Coworkers - 3 Pack, Blue (10 Colors Available) • Amazon Business $10.99 5 $54.95
The Pencil Grip Original Universal Ergonomic Writing Aid for Righties and Lefties, 6 Count, Assorted Colors (TPG-11106) • Amazon Business $10.99 4 $43.96
Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, 1.88 Inches x 800 Inches, 6 Rolls with Dispenser (142-6) • Amazon Business $13.49 3 $40.47
Fellowes Thermal Laminating Pouches, ImageLast, Jam Free, Letter Size, 5 Mil, 150 Pack (5204007) • Amazon Business $35.68 1 $35.68
Scotch Magic Tape and Refillable Dispenser, Writeable, 3/4 x 650 Inches, 6-Pack (6122) • Amazon Business $9.58 3 $28.74
3M Laminating Pouch Kit With All varieties of Laminating Pouches • Amazon Business $24.96 1 $24.96
Fun Express Wooden Happy Birthday Pencils (24 Piece) • Amazon Business $4.96 5 $24.80
AmazonBasics Multipurpose Scissors - 3-Pack • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
"Keep Calm" Funny Motivational Stress Balls | Squeeze Toy Gift 4 Pack | Fidget Accessory for Stress Relief, Special Needs, Concentration, Anxiety, Motivation, ADHD, ADD, Autism and Team Building • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Carson Dellosa Word Strips Sentence Strips (4455) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
AmazonBasics Stapler with 1000 Staples - Black • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Top Flight Multi-Method 1st Grade Primary Tablet, 1 Inch Ruling, Bond Paper, 11 x 8.5 Inches, 40 Sheets (56415) • Amazon Business $3.49 1 $3.49
My First Ticonderoga Primary Size #2 Beginner Pencils, Pre-Sharpened, 4 Pencils with Bonus Sharpener, Yellow (33309) • Amazon Business $2.52 1 $2.52
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Clear, Washable, 4 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $1.57 1 $1.57

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