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Mrs. Ramirez-Johnson from Boston MA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Home Away From Home

My students need curtains, lamps, and inspiring wall decor to make our classroom a home away from home.

  • $559 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come from diverse backgrounds and immerse themselves daily in the cultures of their peers through learning two languages (English and Spanish). Our students strive toward academic excellence in both languages in all academic subjects, which makes them very unique. Each child brings something special to the classroom through their experiences and areas of expertise. They make our school an exceptional place to be through their determination to be successful academically while embracing the many cultures that come together within our walls.

My Project

Students spend much of their time in school which practically makes it a home away from home. I want my students to feel that the space where they are learning is one of comfort.

My students requested items that they wanted in our classroom to make it a space that they felt was comfortable, calm, and inviting to help their learning.

Curtains for our classroom would help provide additional external light filtering when we use our projector or want to create a calmer classroom setting. Most of our classroom blinds are broken, don't go all the way down, or can't be moved due to old age. We would need rods and extra supports to ensure that we can properly hang our curtains. Students requested new and inspiring wall decor which would provide them a boost on a challenging day in class and a new calendar since ours is going on 8 years old. Currently, our classroom is lit by large and intense florescent lights which the kids have mentioned as being overwhelming. They feel that having lamp light in class will be softer on the eyes and promote a calming classroom atmosphere that is often lost when the overhead lights are on.

Providing a classroom space that feels welcoming and like a home away from home will allow students to focus more on their work with clear minds rather than having their thoughts wander to the intense overhead light or not being able to see the projector due to the non-functional blinds. Lastly, students feel a great sense of community and comfort in a classroom where they had input on its improvements and changes.

Mrs. Ramirez-Johnson
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmazonBasics 1" Curtain Rod with Cap Finials, 72" to 144", Nickel • Amazon Business $28.43 4 $113.72
DesignOvation Bosc Framed Magnetic Chalkboard Monthly Calendar, 23.5x29.5, Gray • Amazon Business $67.60 1 $67.60
Light Accents Medusa Grey Floor Lamp with White Acrylic Shades • Amazon Business $39.45 1 $39.45
Ikea 101.398.79"NOT" Floor Uplight Lamp 69-inch includes IKEA LED Light Bulb E26 5W 400 Lumen • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Kenney Adjustable Curtain Rod Brackets, Satin Nickel (2-Pack) • Amazon Business $11.14 2 $22.28
Grommet Semi Sheer Luxury 2 Panels Total Wide 108” (Each Curtain 54”Wx95”L) Window Home Decor and Upscale Design Light Penetrating & Privacy Soft Durable Polyester Easy Upkeep (Morning Gray • Amazon Business $21.95 1 $21.95
MeMiaSelection Grommet Semi Sheer Luxury 2 Panels Total Wide 108” (Each Curtain 54”Wx95”L) Window Home Decor Upscale Design Light Penetrating & Privacy Soft Durable Polyester Easy Upkeep (Purple) • Amazon Business $21.95 1 $21.95
Limelights LT2024-PRP Brushed Steel Lamp with Charging Outlet and Fabric Shade, Purple • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Grommet Semi Sheer Luxury 2 Panels Total Wide 108” (Each Curtain 54”Wx84”L) Window Home Decor and Upscale Design Light Penetrating & Privacy Soft Durable Polyester Easy Upkeep (Baby Green) • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Grommet Semi Sheer Luxury 2 Panels Total Wide 108” (Each Curtain 54”Wx84”L) Window Home Decor and Upscale Design Light Penetrating & Privacy Soft Durable Polyester Easy Upkeep (Baby Blue) • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Limelights LT2024-TEL Brushed Steel Lamp with Charging Outlet and Fabric Shade, Teal • Amazon Business $18.19 1 $18.19
LED A19 Dimmable Bulb,520 Lumen, 5000 Kelvin, 7W (60W Equivalent) Light Bulb, E26 Medium Base, Cool White, 6 Pack • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Design with Vinyl P25-68 Decor Item in This Classroom. Wall Decal Picture Art Living Room Home Decor Sticker Vinyl Wall Decal, 20-Inch x 20-Inch, Black • Amazon Business $16.17 1 $16.17
TCP LDCT25W27K6 25W Equivalent LED Decorative Torpedo Light Bulbs, Small Candelabra Based, ENERGY STAR Certified, Dimmable, Soft White (6 Pack) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99

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