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Mrs. Lee-Ortiz from Los Angeles CA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Keeping the Mind Stimulated Through Motion

My students need balance ball chairs as alternatives to regular chairs to support students with sensory processing disorders, ADHD, and just that innate need for movement!

  • $383 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

If you were to take a peek into my classroom, you would see young people representing countries such as Bangladesh, El Salvador, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and the United States. They speak a myriad of languages and work hard every day in order to be academically successful, go to college, and make their families proud as our nation's future, teachers, doctors, architects, and scientists.

Unfortunately, a large majority, nearly 80% of my students come from families with incomes that qualify them for federal assistance, meaning they cannot afford many of the same technology and tools that other students can.

Some live in one-bedroom apartments with a family of five. Others work all weekend to help their parents pay the rent. Still others are in foster care or are homeless. Many have experienced overwhelming trauma. Yet, they bring with them a sense of joy and a love of learning. We are here to meet their needs.

My Project

Research has suggested that kids can focus better if they are allowed movement. Being in motion helps keep their brains engaged. When the brain is stimulated they're able to stay focused on learning and they are better able to process new information. Having these balance/stability balls will be the main strategy I'd like to implement in my classroom in order to achieve this focus for students who need it most.

Teachers who have already experimented with having these balance balls as available options for their students have reported improved focus and overall improvement in performance.

I'm excited to see what the results will show, and your help is the only way to help make this happen!

Mrs. Lee-Ortiz
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 36 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Grey, 52cm • Amazon Business $17.22 12 $206.64
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Blue, 45cm • Amazon Business $19.98 2 $39.96
Gaiam Kids Balance Cushion, Inflatable Wobble Disk Active Sitting Chair Seat Cushion with Inflation Needle, Grey • Amazon Business $19.98 1 $19.98

Materials cost

$266.58

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$24.39

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.00

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$324.97

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$57.35

Total project goal

$382.32

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$382.32

5 Donors

-$281.16

Donations toward project cost

-$238.99

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$42.17

match offer

-$101.15

Match offer toward project cost

-$85.98

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.17

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$0.00

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