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Mr. Velikonia from Paradise CA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Lap Desks Are In Popular Demand!

Help me give my students the ability to work, write and test comfortably using lap desks.

  • $563 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students at P. High School are a resilient group of young people. Over 60% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Our area has one of the highest rates of childhood trauma in the entire nation. Many students struggle with getting the basic school supplies and transportation to and from school. Despite all these roadblocks to their education, they still show up every day, ready to learn and excited to see their friends and teachers.

Then, on November 8th, the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, and its students were displaced and scattered throughout the county, state, and nation.

As the fires died down, teachers and students began to create a plan to resume school, to regain some sort of normalcy. A return to the Paradise High campus was out of the question, as the air and even water was​ still too toxic. Paradise High would have to relocate.

Now, PHS is located in Chico, CA, in an empty office building near the municipal airport. Our students and teachers are as resilient as ever, but there have been some unanticipated roadblocks that have cropped up that we need help with.

My Project

As I had stated in a previous project, our students needed a space to write and learn in our new environment. Many of our rooms were just way too small to fit all the kids we have in class PLUS the desks and tables they needed.

My solution to the problem was to invest in a set of lap desks to be placed in each room as needed.

The project was funded quickly and we received the lap desks soon after, distributing them to the necessary rooms. Instantly, the students were SO happy to have a surface to work on where they felt comfortable! It was a super successful project.

We then came to realize that the 50 lap desks were not enough. Some teachers began to request to borrow them occasionally, maybe only one period a day or so. This project will create a set of lap desks that teachers can check out on an as-needed basis, along with the ability to store them when not in use.

Mr. Velikonia
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LapGear MyDesk Lap Desk - Black (Fits up to 15" Laptop) • Amazon Business $16.79 12 $201.48
BIGANT Heavy Duty Collapsible & Stackable Plastic Milk Crate - IP543630, 12.7 Gallons, Medium Size, Red, Set of 3, Snap Lock Foldable Industrial Garage Storage Bin Container Utility Tote Basket • Amazon Business $91.99 2 $183.98
BIGANT Crate Swivel Caster Wheel Set of 4 Pcs - Accessory for Portability, Roll Crate Cart Rolling Totes • Amazon Business $19.79 1 $19.79

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