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Mrs. Olcese from Chicago IL is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inside Recess Stimulation

My students need games like Uno, Connect 4, and Sorry to help keep their mind sharp!

  • $263 goal

This project expired on March 2, 2015.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Winter in the Midwest is no fun when it is recess time! Because it is too cold for my students to go outside for recess, they often get bored in our classroom.

My students are very hard-working third graders, who live in the largest city in Illinois.

Many of them come from low-income homes where board games are a luxury that cannot be afforded. A lot of them are English Language Learners. My students have a very strong work ethic and a desire to learn. They love working and playing with their peers! They have a lot of energy and are always eager to try new things.

My Project

Currently I have 23 students, but I am sure that they will be gentle and care for the materials so that they will be able to be used for many years to come. These resources will be used during the six months of the school year that we have indoor recess. Students will be able to select games in which they are interested and have the opportunity to play with their friends.

This project will make a significant difference in the lives of my students.

Many of them come from homes where board games are not played regularly. By playing these games, they will learn to follow directions and abide by rules, as well as important social skills like working together and learning how to be a good sport. Although the students see many of these games as a fun way to pass the recess period, all of these games will provide mental stimulation for the students while having fun.

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

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This project will reach 23 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ThinkFun Rush Hour • Amazon $17.65 2 $35.30
Cardinal Solid Wood Checkers • Amazon $16.61 2 $33.22
15" Standard Wooden Chess Set • Amazon $15.46 2 $30.92
UNO Blast Card Game • Amazon $19.68 1 $19.68
Connect 4 Game • Amazon $7.87 2 $15.74
Disney Guess Who? ~ The Original Guessing Game • Amazon $12.08 1 $12.08
Monopoly Junior Board Game • Amazon $11.99 1 $11.99
Guess Who Game • Amazon $8.33 1 $8.33
Jenga Classic Game • Amazon $7.87 1 $7.87
Sorry! 2013 Edition Game • Amazon $7.87 1 $7.87
Hangman - Take 'N' Play Anywhere Game • Amazon $7.69 1 $7.69

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