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Ms. Borcelis from Oakland CA is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Keeping Students Warm, Fed, and Happy

Help me give my students handwarmers, balaclavas and masks, games, and food to keep them learning this cold season.

  • $999 goal

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My Students

An inquisitive bunch of experimenters is how I describe my students at a small charter school in Oakland. This is the first year that my 9th graders would attend school in-person since they entered middle school in the 7th grade, and my 11th graders since they entered high school in the 9th grade. I am asking for your help to allow me to meet their social, emotional, and other physiological learning needs by helping me provide them with snacks, games, and other supplies that let them know I care about them.

With a diverse group of student body, from the highly-motivated, college-bound ones to the working student-athletes and students with a variety of special needs, all my students are excited to be back in the classroom.

I would love for them to have multiple "a-ha moments" as they connect the theoretical and molecular with the hands-on laboratory activities designed to make science more accessible to every and all types of learners. In order for them to do that, their physiological needs must be met.

My Project

With the new omicron variant, we are asked to mask up. However if our students do not have the masks that fit them well, their masks will continuously fall below their noses and it would be uncomfortable for them. I'm thinking that for some students, wearing balaclavas on top of their surgical/cloth masks will help them keep their masks up. I have also asked for N95 masks to have supplies.

With this project, I am focused on taking care of the whole child by keeping them warm, fed, and happy.

We know that our students can't learn if their physiological needs are not met.

In addition to thinking about the virus, I would also like to provide my students some warmth since we have to keep our windows open for ventilation. Thus, the handwarmers. I am also adding something fun for them to do where they get to connect with each other by asking for board games. And the snacks are a great way to keep them going.

Ms. Borcelis
Grades 9-12

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Joyoldelf Tactical Heavyweight Balaclava Outdoor Sports Mask for Outdoor Hiking Camping Hiking Skiing Cycling and Other Sports (Black) • Amazon Business $9.48 20 $189.60
5000mAh Rechargeable Hand Warmers 2 Pack & 10000mAh 18W Quick Charge Electric Hand Warmer 1 Pack,Portable Heater/Power Bank,USB Pocket Warmer for Outdoor Sports,Hunting,Camping,Gifts for Women Men • Amazon Business $59.98 1 $59.98
Ticket to Ride Board Game | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 5 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder • Amazon Business $39.97 1 $39.97
USAopoly Telestrations Party Pack 12 Player | 600 New Phrases to Sketch | Family Board Game | A Fun Family Game for Kids and Adults | Family Game Night Just Got Better | Telephone Game Sketched Out • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
50PCS KN95 Face Mask Respirator Cup Dust 5 Layer with Elastic Ear Loop, Black • Amazon Business $37.99 1 $37.99
CATAN Family Edition Board Game | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Adventure Board Game | Ages 10+ | For 3 to 4 players | Average Playtime 60 minutes | Made by Catan Studio • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
AccuMed CMS-50D1 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Sensor SpO2 for Sports and Aviation. Portable and Lightweight with LED Display, 2 AAA Batteries, Lanyard and Travel Case (White) • Amazon Business $29.49 1 $29.49
Ultimate Healthy Care Package ( 30 Count ) - Bars & Nuts Variety- Gift Box Bundle Present - Kids, Adults, Boys, Girls, College Student, • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Large Hand & Body Warmers (45 Count) - Up to 18 Hours of Heat, Super Long Lasting - Safe, Easy, All Natural - Air Activated, for Body, Hands & Toes - Odorless Hot Hand Warmer - Sport Temp • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Kids Against Maturity: Card Game for Kids and Families, Super Fun Hilarious for Family Party Game Night • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Exploding Kittens Party - A Russian Roulette Card Game, Easy Family-Friendly Party Games - Card Games for Adults, Teens & Kids - 2-10 Players • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens - A Dodgeball Card Game - Family-Friendly Party Games - Card Games for Adults, Teens & Kids - 2-6 Players • Amazon Business $21.24 1 $21.24
Hygge Games ...I should have known that! Trivia Game Green • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
Socially Twisted Friends & Family Card Game - Perfect for Crazy Friends and Family! Storytelling Party Card Game for Teens, Friends & Families! (Also on iOS & Android) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Touchless Forehead Thermometer for Adults and Kids, Digital Infrared Thermometer for Home with Fever Indicator, Instant Accurate Reading • Amazon Business $19.89 1 $19.89
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Chewy & Dipps Variety Pack, (58 Bars) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
OREO Original, OREO Golden, CHIPS AHOY! & Nutter Butter Cookie Snacks Variety Pack, Holiday Christmas Cookies, 2 Count (Pack of 56) • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
Hasbro Gaming CONNECT 4 - Classic four in a row game - Board Games and Toys for Kids, boys, girls - Ages 6+ • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

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