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

Helping Students Stay Positive Despite Hurricane Harvey Set Backs

My students need college themed games, garden gnomes, popcorn, and snow cone supplies for positive behavior incentives to reward them for being respectful, responsible, and ready during this difficult time following Hurricane Harvey.

  • $4,268 goal

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My Students

Our middle school is a Title I school with over 85% of its students receiving free or reduced lunch. Most of our students come from low-income households. Not to mention, many of their homes were devastated by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Currently, 100% of our students are receiving two free meals per day. Also, our campus was damaged by flooding, and we are sharing our campus with our sister middle school. Because of this, our students are only attending school for half the school day. This has been very challenging for our students.

Despite these hardships, our students come to school with a positive disposition.

My Project

When you don't have much to begin with, a devastating natural disaster can be the straw that broke the camel's back. Honestly, I cannot say that about my students. Although most of them are economically disadvantaged and did lose a lot during Hurricane Harvey, they come to school ready to learn. Their resilience is something to be commended and rewarded because even the strongest adults would find it difficult to endure through what they have.

PBIS (positive behavior intervention and supports) is a program at my school that gives the students incentives for displaying respectfulness, responsibility, and readiness, but unfortunately this new program does not have a budget.

During this difficult time, I would really like to provide my students with some rewards for their positive behavior. When facing adversity, it is very easy to become negative and downtrodden, but our students haven't. I feel as though they deserve to be rewarded for that. They deserve to have positive things to look forward to because there is so much good in the world despite the bad.

Every week at my school, teachers reward students by giving them "VIP lunch" where they can cut the lunch line and participate in fun activities. I want to create a space in our outdoor (enclosed) breezeway area that the students can participate in games and fun activities as a reward. I plan on decorating the area as a college-going atmosphere with collegiate garden gnomes. Some of the games are college themed as well. These students would also be rewarded with popcorn and snow cones that they can eat on our benches. The games, snow cone machine, and popcorn machine would also be utilized on our field day to reward students who make the A honor roll, A/B honor roll, and have perfect attendance.

Mrs. Sims
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Campania International B-161-BR 1-Piece Cirrus Birdbath, Brown Stone Finish • Amazon Business $499.99 2 $999.98
Paragon Standard Pop Popcorn Machine, 8-Ounce • Amazon Business $449.88 1 $449.88
Paragon Simply-A-Blast Sno Cone Machine for Professional Concessionaires Requiring Commercial Heavy Duty Snow Cone Equipment 1/3 Horse Power 792 Watts • Amazon Business $435.95 1 $435.95
GoSports Regulation Size Wooden CornHole Set Includes 8 Premium Bags, Wood/Natural • Amazon Business $128.94 3 $386.82
Great Northern Popcorn Premium 24 Pk- 8 Ounce Popcorn Portion • Amazon Business $40.99 7 $286.93
Giant Tumbling Timbers • Amazon Business $79.99 2 $159.98
Norwood Commercial Furniture Adjustable-Height Mobile Black Plastic Utility AV Cart with Power Strip, NOR-OUG1042-SO • Amazon Business $73.55 2 $147.10
Giant 4 Connect in a Row • Amazon Business $89.99 1 $89.99
1 oz. Popcorn Bag, Burst Design, 1000 per Case • Amazon Business $26.48 3 $79.44
Nyko Dual Charge Base High Speed Docking/Charging Station for Xbox One/Xbox One S Controllers with Two Super Fast Rechargeable Battery Packs • Amazon Business $28.90 2 $57.80
Snow Cone Syrup Pump, 1 ounce • Amazon Business $5.94 6 $35.64
NCAA North Carolina Tarheels Team Thematic Gnome • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
NCAA Texas A&M Aggies Collegiate Garden Gnome • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
NCAA Clemson University Garden Gnome • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
NCAA Alabama Crimson Tide Garden Gnome • Amazon Business $20.95 1 $20.95
PROLINE 6x6 NCAA College LSU Tigers Cornhole Bean Bags - Stripe Design (A) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
PROLINE 6x6 NCAA College Alabama Crimson Tide Cornhole Bean Bags - Stripe Design (A) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
PROLINE 6x6 NCAA College Texas Longhorns Cornhole Bean Bags - Stripe Design (A) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
NCAA Kentucky Wildcats 2008 Team Gnome • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
PROLINE 6x6 NCAA College Oregon Ducks Cornhole Bean Bags - Stripe Design (A) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
PROLINE 6x6 NCAA College Rice Owls Cornhole Bean Bags - Stripe Design (A) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
PROLINE 6x6 NCAA College Texas A&M Aggies Cornhole Bean Bags - Stripe Design (A) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
NCAA Florida Gators 2008 Team Gnome • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Kansas State Garden Gnome • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
NCAA Garden Gnome Statue NCAA Team: Texas • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Concession Express Snow Cone Syrup 1 Gallon (Bubble Gum) • Amazon Business $16.79 1 $16.79
Concession Express Snow Cone Syrup 1 Gallon (Lemon Lime) • Amazon Business $16.79 1 $16.79
NCAA Ohio State Buckeyes 2008 Team Gnome • Amazon Business $16.54 1 $16.54
Snappy Popcorn Snappy Snow Cone Syrup 1 Gallon, Blue Raspberry. • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
Snappy Popcorn Snappy Snow Cone Syrup 1 Gallon, Grape, (128 Fl Oz) • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
Snappy Popcorn Snappy Snow Conce Syrup 1 Gallon, Strawberry, 11 Pound • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
Snappy Snow Cone Syrup - Tiger's Blood - 1 Gallon • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49

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