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Mrs. von den Benken from Jamaica Plain MA is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hydration Supports Maximum Thinking Power!

My students need to learn good health habits and that starts with drinking plenty of water. Having water bottles for each student in the classroom will support the practice of staying hydrated.

  • $378 goal

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My Students

Students come to school daily with a variety of learning disabilities. These children are amazing! Many of them are second language learners and also struggle with many other challenges while learning. They are all sweet and caring young people with a true desire to be successful. As with many urban districts, funding is always a problem. We do not always have materials needed to aid with student understanding. The students come to us with a range of challenges including being newcomers, poverty, homelessness, emotional, social issues and learning disabilities. They require devotion and support to nurture their inner desire to learn and to appreciate the value of an education. Having materials that support students visually would be amazing. When students enter a well organized, clean and prepared classroom, they immediately feel the support and enthusiasm for learning. Many of my students do not have the support needed at home. Therefore, the time and the environment in which they spend most of their day is so crucial. We have to make every minute count.

My Project

If each student had their own water bottle in class it would not only support the importance of staying hydrated but would also eliminate the excuse to leave the class to get a cup of water. Many students don't understand the importance of water and often choose to drinks that are artificial and high in sugar. So, it is important to me to educate them on the benefits of drinking water.

When we aren't hydrated we can't think very well.

Having a personal water bottle on their table or desk will allow them to drink water freely while establishing good hydration habits while continuing to stay focused and on task.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rolling Sands BPA-Free 24oz Water Bottle Bulk(30 Pack, Made in USA) • Amazon Business $82.98 3 $248.94
Romanoff Products 075144 Flat Storage Tray, 13" x 10-1/2" x 2-7/8", Green • Amazon Business $12.60 3 $37.80

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