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Ms. Mraz from Chicago IL is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Keep Calm and Carry On: Creating A Sensory Room

My students need mats, trampoline, tents, and a variety of sensory-related materials and equipment to help get rid of excess energy, reduce disruptive behaviors, and prepare them to learn.

  • $598 goal

This project expired on July 19, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

A majority of the students at Camras Elementary come from low-income families and experience a variety of stressful experiences. The students I work with have various disabilities that, combined with stressors outside of school, can manifest in the form of disruptive behaviors, which affect their ability to learn. Often, because these students are in low-income families, they are not able to afford special services outside of school. This is why they need to have as many resources as possible available to them in school. One that can be particularly helpful with managing disruptive behaviors is a sensory room.

Imagine how difficult it would be to learn if you were constantly being distracted by sights and sounds in the classroom.

This is what many students that I work with must deal with day after day. Having regular breaks in a sensory room before particularly challenging school activities could greatly improve their ability to learn. The sensory room will have equipment that can calm down hyperactive students or those having "meltdowns" due to being overwhelmed by the school environment. Students with disabilities deserve to have resources provided to help them be as much a part of the school curriculum as their peers.

My Project

I am working with a special education teacher to improve the educational participation of students with disabilities. The students I work with need to be able to address the way they process sensory input, such as the sights and sounds of a classroom, in order to be able to learn. If they are given the opportunity to complete a variety of structured sensory activities in the occupational therapy sensory room, they will be able to focus more on learning the classroom material. For example, before a student completes a challenging math activity, he/she could use the platform swing to provide sensory input that will help improve his/her attention to the activity. Students who become overwhelmed when asked to stop playing a game and begin classwork can use the body sock to get deep pressure input that will calm them down. A student that has difficulty staying still enough in class to be able to learn can take scheduled breaks in the sensory room; he/she can use the sensory diet cards to completed guided movement activities to decrease excess energy.

Learning doesn't need to be a stressful experience for students with disabilities.

Donations to this project will enable me to provide the equipment my students need to decrease behaviors that impact their ability to learn and improve participation in school activities.

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

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 20 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
We Sell Mats 4x6RAINBOW2IN Thick Gymnastics Tumbling Exercise Folding Mats, Rainbow, 4' x 6' x 2" • Amazon Business $109.95 1 $109.95
XDP Recreation Swing Frame, Black • Amazon Business $86.67 1 $86.67
Swinging Monkey Products Square Platform Swing, Blue, 32" • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Pure Fun 40" Mini Rebounder Trampoline with Adjustable Handrail, Ages 13+ • Amazon Business $57.99 1 $57.99
Playskool Giraffalaff Sit n Spin • Amazon Business $46.99 1 $46.99
Sensory Diet Behavior and Body Awareness Flash Card Deck - Super Duper Educational Learning Toy for Kids • Amazon Business $34.95 1 $34.95
Pacific Play Tents Kids 'Me Too' Dome Tent for Indoor / Outdoor Fun - 48" x 48" x 42" • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Sanho Dynamic Movement Sensory Sock, Body Sox, Toys for Autistic and Sensory Processing Disorders, Updated Version, Good for height:35"- 59" Deep Blue • Amazon Business $28.96 1 $28.96
LED Calming Autism Sensory Light Projector Toy Relax Blue Night Music Projection • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99

Materials cost

$470.48

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.06

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$507.54

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$89.57

Total project goal

$597.11

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$597.11

6 Donors

-$479.46

Donations toward project cost

-$422.54

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$56.92

match offer

-$100.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$85.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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