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Ms. Katter from Milwaukee WI is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Laptops to Change Lives: A Writing Suite to the Rescue!

My students need a writing center: 2 laptops w/locks, printer, chairs, paper, ink, dry erase wallpaper & markers, crates, folders, flash drives, pens, pencils, and sharpener.

  • $1,996 goal

This project expired on January 21, 2015.

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My Students

In order to write, we need the time to write, the place to write, and the tools to write. As a teacher, I can provide the time & place, but I lack the tools. For long-term success, students need support in writing. As English Dept. Chair, I am just the person to help, before, during, & after school.

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." -- FDR.

Students in this urban public high school with special Arts programming (in Theater, Dance, Music, Art, & Creative Writing) are remarkably creative, ambitious, and disciplined, yet many live in situations where access to technology is severely limited. Many of them struggle to find a place to write. If they have a paper to write for a class, they cannot count on having access to a computer, much less a printer and the supplies needed to support writing. The environment required to focus and think -- prerequisites for writing -- may be hard to come by. With limited resources, our school does not afford students easy access to a writing lab, and so students often scramble to complete assignments. It's hard to overstate the negative impact this may have on their long-term academic success.

My Project

Two work stations in my classroom will provide a remedy for this lack of access to technology. A long table at the rear of the room will provide just the nook needed to set up a couple of laptops and a printer. To one side is a locked cabinet where I'll store the supplies of paper, ink, and all the rest; on the other side, a bookshelf where crates can organize materials. The two office chairs, portable laptop stand, and ergonomic chair allow for flexibility. All of this will draw kids in to what I'll call a "Writing Suite." ( One more priceless perk: they will have me there to assist them.) I included a couple of classroom upgrades such as a boombox (to improve the audio from my digital projector) and dry-erase wallpaper (to place over a worn-out white board). You might wonder, "Why all the colored paper?" Well, when assignments are printed on colored paper, it adds a little cheer and helps students easily distinguish assignments. Lastly, why Kleenex? Because there's never enough.

This project will provide my classroom with a major upgrade in writing functionality.

When students walk in, I want them to know this English classroom supports writing. They will see that there is a place to turn when there's writing to be done -- no longer frustrated by an inaccessible/inadequate lab. For some, it will mean no excuses, for others it will be a godsend. I'm excited to think of all the teachable moments this project will provide.

Ms. Katter
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dell Inspiron i3531-1200BK 15.6-Inch Laptop • Amazon $249.99 2 $499.98
Epson T200120 DURABrite Ultra Standard-Capacity Black Ink Cartridge • Amazon $12.14 20 $242.80
Wobble Stool By Uncaged Ergonomics - The Perfect Ergonomic Office Stool for Active Sitting, Sit/stand Standing Desks, Bar Stool Breakfast Adjustable Saddle Task Chair (Black) • Amazon $199.99 1 $199.99
Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Computer Chair • Amazon $61.83 2 $123.66
Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer (C11CC87201) • Amazon $69.99 1 $69.99
Sterilite 16939006 File Crate, 6-Pack, Black • Amazon $50.04 1 $50.04
Wall Pops WPE0446 24-Inch by 36-Inch Peel and Stick Dry Erase Message Board Decal • Amazon $15.45 3 $46.35
Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Pencils, #2 HB, Yellow, Box of 96 (13882) • Amazon $15.02 3 $45.06
Epson T200520 DURABrite Ultra Standard-Capacity Color Multipack Ink Cartridge • Amazon $20.99 2 $41.98
Memorex Sport CD/MP3 portable Boombox with AM/FM Radio and Digital Display/ AUX input • Amazon $39.95 1 $39.95
Kleenex Facial Tissues Family Size, 210 Count (Pack of 18) • Amazon $34.48 1 $34.48
Pendaflex Earthwise 100% Recycled Colored Hanging File Folders, Letter Size (8.5 x 11), Assorted Colors, 20 per Box (35117) • Amazon $10.95 3 $32.85
School Smart Vertical Pencil Sharpener - 6 x 4 inches - Electric • Amazon $30.91 1 $30.91
Verbatim Store 'n' Go 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, 3 Pack (Red, Blue and Green) 97002 • Amazon $14.74 2 $29.48
Tabletote - Portable Compact Lightweight Laptop Notebook Stand • Amazon $26.99 1 $26.99
Kensington K64670US Portable Combination Laptop Lock • Amazon $11.15 2 $22.30
BIC Round Stic Xtra Precision Ball Pen, Fine Point (0.8 mm), Black, 12-Count • Amazon $1.38 15 $20.70
Expo Low Odor Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers, Black, 12 Pack (80001) • Amazon $8.58 2 $17.16
Boise Fireworx Color Copy/Laser Paper, 24 lb, Letter Size (8.5 x 11), Hot Pink Mimi, 500 Sheets (MP2241-HP) • Amazon $13.89 1 $13.89
Boise Fireworx Color Copy/Laser Paper, 24 lb, Letter Size (8.5 x 11), TNT Teal, 500 Sheets (MP2241-TL) • Amazon $12.49 1 $12.49
Expo Low Odor Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers, 4 Colored Markers(80174) • Amazon $2.97 4 $11.88
Boise Fireworx Color Copy/Laser Paper, 20 lb, Letter Size (8.5 x 11), Smoke Gray, 500 Sheets (MP2201-GY) • Amazon $9.84 1 $9.84
Boise Fireworx Color Copy/Laser Paper, 20 lb, Letter Size (8.5 x 11), Jammin' Salmon, 500 Sheets (MP2201-SN) • Amazon $9.49 1 $9.49
Boise Fireworx Color Copy/Laser Paper, 24 lb, Letter Size (8.5 x 11), Aerial Aqua, 500 Sheets (MP2241-AA) • Amazon $8.98 1 $8.98

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