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Mrs. Heinrich from San Jose CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

It's Not Glamorous, But We Need Paper!

The cost of 22 Dry Erase Boards, 4 Sets of Dry Erase Markers, 6 reams of paper and 22 erasers is $528, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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When I first decided to become a teacher and was accepted into Teach for America, I anticipated writing, making projects and teaching addition or subtraction with my students. What I did not imagine was paper - simple, white copy paper. I quickly discovered that teachers need to buy their own paper for our school's only copy machine, and that the cost of paper (taking every single worksheet I need each day times twenty odd students) quickly adds up to two or three reams a week, a box or two a month, and several hundred dollars a year. While my first grade placement is at a school with a wonderfully supportive school with a great administrator and staff, there is a constant struggle for basic materials. A large portion of my students are free-lunch and an even larger portion are English Language Learners. My students must struggle more than other kids just to make it to school, and then once they get there, it just gets harder. While copy paper isn't the most glamorous of needs, it is essential. Every time I want my students to practice writing words, I need a paper. Every day when we practice our addition or subtraction, my students need paper. Homework quickly eats up a ream or two each week, and when I try to give my low performing or my high performing students extra work to meet their needs, I am back to square one - no paper. A simple solution that another teacher suggested was dry erase boards, so students could copy problems down without wasting so much paper. By carefully choosing my instruction, I feel I could effectively use whiteboards and markers to stretch our thinning supply. Several boxes of paper, in combination with dry erase boards and markers for my students would change things beyond recognition. Instead of working about what we will write on I can focus my attention on what we will write. By giving us the paper on which to write, my first graders will soar up to the heights they deserve to reach.

Mrs. Heinrich
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
20 LB 4-STAR REG-8 1/2X14 -- Southworth 25% Cotton-Content Fine Business Paper; Legal-Size, 20-lb. • Quill Corporation $22.49 6 $134.94
QUILL DRY ERASE MARKERS CHISEL TIP -- Quill Dry Erase Markers; Blue • Quill Corporation $8.99 4 $35.96
Magnetic Dry Erase Board, 9 x 12 • Teacher's School Supply $5.95 22 $130.90
EXPO ERASER -- Sanford Expo Dry-Erase Erasers; Eraser • Quill Corporation $2.51 22 $55.22

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