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Mrs. Thomas from Oklahoma City OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

It's OK to Not Be OK

Help me give my students the opportunity to learn coping skills, self awareness, and healing in a therapeutic group environment bi-weekly throughout the school year.

  • $506 goal

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My Students

100% of students in our school receive free and reduced price lunch. Many of our students come from a low socioeconomic status. These wonderful students come to school ready to learn and accomplish great things. Our school services approximately 1600 students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Traumatic childhood experiences can impact overall student performance and engagement.

While students are often aware of their adversities, the majority never learn how to cope with them. They have never been taught how to manage stress, anxiety, trauma, grief, and so on. This project is to help our students learn different coping skills. Through group therapy exercises they will learn how to connect, engage, and support peers while learning how to self regulate emotions. My goal with this project is to reach as many students as I can throughout the school year. We will meet bi-weekly as a small group discussing different mental health issues. This will be led by a school counselor and any other faculty that wishes to assist.

My Project

With these materials students will be able to participate small group therapy sessions where we will discuss different topics throughout the school year. They will learn how to cope with a variety of different issues such as anxiety, suicidal ideation, depression, traumatic experiences and more.

Students need to be taught how to cope with their emotions, especially when they have experienced childhood trauma.

Often our children come to us having suffered many Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) and lack the soft skills to become productive citizens in the modern world. Students need to be taught how to self regulate and cope with what they are dealing with on a daily basis.

With this project, I will begin "Lunch & Learn" small group therapy sessions that will take place twice a month throughout the school year in an attempt to teach a wide variety of coping skills to my students.

Mrs. Thomas
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Teens - Out-of-the-Box Coping Skills - Facilitator Reproducible Activities for Groups and Individuals (Transitional Life Skills for Teens Series) • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
Mead Composition Notebooks, Comp Books, Wide Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets, 9-3/4 inches x 7-1/2 inches, Classic Black Marble, 12 Pack (72936) • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Totem the feel good game, Self-Esteem Game for Team Building, Family Bonding, Counseling and Therapy • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Social Emotional Games NoWaries S.T.O.R.M. | Best Educational Learning Resources for Kids & Adults | Emotional Awareness, Control, & Vocabulary | Fun for School & Therapy | Pack of 110 Playing Cards • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
You Know Social Skills Games and Therapy Games, A Fun Game That Opens Communication and Encourages Meaningful Conversations to Establish Relationships • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
250 Brief, Creative & Practical Art Therapy Techniques: A Guide for Clinicians and Clients • Amazon Business $22.47 1 $22.47
Colore #2 Pencils With Eraser Tops - HB Graphite/No 2 Yellow Wood Pencil Great School Art Supplies For Writing, Drawing & Sketching - Suitable For Kids & Adults - 144 Count • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
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 $17.94 1 $17.94
The Depression Workbook for Teens: Tools to Improve Your Mood, Build Self-Esteem, and Stay Motivated • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: CBT Skills to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety (Instant Help) • Amazon Business $15.36 1 $15.36
Crayola Washable Marker Set, Gift for Kids, Gel Markers, Window Markers, Broad Line Markers, 64 Count • Amazon Business $15.21 1 $15.21
Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety: 100 Simple Practices to Find Peace Right Now • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
40-Piece Star Bubble Wands Assortment Neon Party Favors - Summer Gifts Bubbles Fun Toys • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Learning Resources Conversation Cubes, Social Dice, Autism Therapy, Ice Breaker Cubes, Ages 6+ • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Feelings in a Jar: A Fun Game for All Ages for Endless Play & Interaction • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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