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Mrs. Nalisnik from Cairnbrook PA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

It's a Sticky Situation

Help me give my students glue sticks so that they can continue to work on their interactive notebooks. The tape and page protectors will be used for students to design and construct STEM projects.

  • $217 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Earl Nightingale once wrote, "Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach."

As a teacher, I want to do that for each of my students.

I want to provide them with learning experiences that enable them to achieve even the loftiest of goals.

Our school, which is located in Northern Appalachia, was founded when "Coal was King." As the steel and coal industries vanished, so did many of the residents. Those who remain hold onto strong ethnic and family ties. Presently, our school serves a residential population of approximately 4,100 in a 68-square mile radius. The area is economically challenged. Recent state budget cuts have taken their toll, as well.

In spite of these challenges, our 3rd-6th grade science program is flourishing. During the 2017-2018 school year, 100% of our 4th grade students scored proficient or advanced on state testing. This is a source of pride within the school and in the community. As a teacher, I would love to see our science program continue to grow.

My Project

We are 4 months into our school year and I just realized that I made a mistake: I didn't order enough glue sticks for the year. And boy, do we go through glue sticks. Last year in grades 3-6 science class, we began to use interactive notebooks as a way for students to organize their notes in a creative, reflective, artistic way. The students love their notebooks. Students who previously had a difficult time staying organized now proudly display beautiful notebooks that are full of colors, tabs, fold-outs, pockets, and lots of science information. But all of that is going to come to a screeching halt if we don't get more glue sticks. As you can tell, this is a very sticky (or shall I say "unsticky?") situation.

Mrs. Nalisnik
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 120 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elmer's All-Purpose Washable Glue Sticks, 7g., 60/Pack • $27.19 4 $108.76
Avery Heavyweight Non-Glare Sheet Protectors, 8.5" x 11", Clear, 200/pack (74401) • $28.04 1 $28.04
Highland Masking Tape, 0.94" x 60 Yards, 3" Core • $2.97 5 $14.85

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