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Ms. Torres from Staten Island NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

I See Me Calm, Caring and Mindful

Help me give my students the opportunity to be mindful and see themselves as capable of managing difficult emotions. I want to support my students' social-emotional development by instilling the love of who they are.

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My Students

This is my 17th year as an educator. I started my career as a special education classroom teacher and have been working as a school social worker for the past 11, and yoga teacher for the past year. I have the honor of supporting the needs of students, families, and staff at two schools on Staten Island. My schools are high poverty schools in New York City. All of our students receive free lunch. Ninety-seven percent of our student population is Black or Latino; many are first-generation Americans. Many of my students are transitioning from homelessness and or living in temporary housing. Many of my students have experienced a traumatic event that threatened their sense of physical security. Thirty percent of our students receive Special Education services. Despite the challenges they face daily, my students are sweet, silly, creative and talented beings. As an educator that practices mindfulness and yoga,​ I know the physical and mental benefits. I teach mindfulness and yoga to my students so they learn how to pay attention to the relationship between their mind and body. The yoga program that I facilitate offers students the opportunity to build strength, flexibility, balance and mental focus.

My Project

As the school social worker and yoga teacher, I am committed to ensuring that children from communities of color have access to the mental and physical benefits of mindfulness and yoga. My students will benefit from the requested mindfulness tools by learning how to manage difficult emotions in a fun, safe and healthy way. The tools will support me in teaching children to be mindful. The activities will allow the students opportunities to calm their bodies and minds so they can tackle the various demands placed on them. The Mindfulness and yoga resources that I have requested will aide in teaching students skills that will improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behavior, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children. This tools requested in this project are diverse and are needed to further support my work with students in the classroom, during groups and counseling sessions. Students will mindfully create art projects, listen to stories about children who look like them that are practicing mindfulness and yoga and then be able to engage in mindfulness and yoga themselves.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 100 students.

12 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck • Amazon Business $32.00 1 $32.00
Stress-Relief Sensory Stress Balls by Nyft Toys | Squishy Stress Toys | Squeezing Rubber Ball for Autism, ADHD, ADD, Sensory Needs, Bad Habits | The Calming Fidget Toy for Kids and Adults | 3 Pack • Amazon Business $14.49 2 $28.98
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Mindfulness Therapy Games: Social Skills Game that Teaches Mindfulness for Kids, Teens and Adults | Effective for Self Care, Communication Skills | 40 Cards for Play Therapy • Amazon Business $19.94 1 $19.94
Chocolate Me! • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children Card Deck • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children Activity and Coloring Book • Amazon Business $15.42 1 $15.42
WATINC 20 Pack Sensory Fidget Toys Set, Kawaii Squishy, Mochi Squishies, Squeeze Ball, Mesh and Marble Toy, Stretchy String, Colorful Sensory Fidget Stretch Toy for ADHD Autism Stress Anxiety Relief • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
I Am Love: A Book of Compassion • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
RETHiNK Card Deck Mindful Conversation Starters: 56 Questions to Encourage Compassion, Shift Perspective & Build Connection • Amazon Business $14.31 1 $14.31
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
What Do You Do With an Idea? — New York Times best seller • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
Mindful Moments: Contemplation Cards to Help Kids Remember the Important Things in Life • Amazon Business $13.20 1 $13.20
Crayola Multicultural Colors Broad Line Washable Markers, Art Tools 8 ct. 2 Packs of 8 • Amazon Business $13.04 1 $13.04
What Does It Mean to Be Present? • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles • Amazon Business $12.54 1 $12.54
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress • Amazon Business $12.51 1 $12.51
Yoga Friends: A Pose-by-Pose Partner Adventure for Kids • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52 Week Guide To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude: Gratitude Journal • Amazon Business $5.74 2 $11.48
My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
ThoughtFulls Pop-Open Cards by Compendium: Carpe Diem — 30 pop-Open Cards, Each with a Different Inspiring Message Inside • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book: 75 Mindfulness Games for Kids • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
3.3 Mm Multicultural Colored Woodcase Pencils (8/Set) [Set of 3] • Amazon Business $8.12 1 $8.12
Dad, Who Will I Be? • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Can Be Anything I Want To: Inspirational Careers Coloring Book For Girls (Large Size) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Every Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
One Love (Music Books for Children, African American Baby Books, Bob Marley Book for Kids) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
4E's Novelty Expandable Ball Fidget Toy, Great Expanding Sphere Toy for Kids, Hand Catch Breathing Flower Balls, Pack of 1 Colors May Vary, for Stress Relief and Anxiety • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls • Amazon Business $7.66 1 $7.66
Dream Big, Little One (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $7.64 1 $7.64
Happy! • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
A Black Children's Coloring Book: Black Girl Magic (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
SunWorks 9512 Multicultural Construction Paper, 12" x 18", 5 Assorted Colors, 50 Sheets • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79

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