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Ms. Marmolejo from Los Angeles CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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The cost of Carpets For Kids Mt. St. Helens Rug is $330, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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This project expired on May 14, 2007.

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I am a first grade teacher and have students of 5 to 6 years of age. At this young age students get off task easily and it is important to have them close to the teacher when one is doing direct instruction. For this I am asking for an area rug where the students will be sitting 50-60% of the school day. We currently have an area rug. It has been in the room for five years in which it has never been shampooed. Being that the students are young several incidents have happened in this rug. Last year two of my girls wet their pants and the stain was left alone by the custodial staff. They only sprayed it with pine sol type of solution that the district's policy allows. Urine is very strong and we can still see the dark dry spots. On a different occasion, one of by boys got a nose bleed from being out there in the sun during recess. This happened while in class and it didn't give us anytime to grab tissue and prevent it from landing on the carpet. Again the custodians sprayed it. The rug plays a very important role in K-2 students. Most the curriculum for language arts and math is taught in the carpet to be able to get the students attention by having them at a close proximity. During the day we sit on the carpet to do our morning routine which includes the calendar, songs, weather, and numbers. We then move on to our morning exercises which is a routine of psycho motor skills around the room in which the students are walking all over the carpet aside from the daily walking we do. We then move on to our reading program called Open Court in which we do phonemic awareness exercises using our sound spelling cards which are at a close distance from their spots on carpet. We follow with blending the sound/spelling of the day to make words. Then they go to their seats and practice in their workbooks. Then it is decodable time. They come back to rug to read a decodable with the sound/spelling of the day. We then move onto reading our anthology which is a big book where they learn about a specific topic related to the unit and use comprehension strategies to understand the reading. After lunch they sit for a read aloud. We follow with English Language Development where the direct instruction is done and they do role play, theater, and partner talk before they go do independent work time on their seats. During math time I bring them to the carpet to do my direct instruction of the lesson and then allow them to use the manipulatives with partners. Then they go work in their seats. For science, social studies, and art the same procedure is followed. As you can see the children use the carpet through out the day. It is part of the instruction and their learning environment. They enjoy sitting on the rug because they associate it with hands on. Particularly when it is Independent Work Time because some of the centers with fun activities are for the carpet. I feel terrible every time they sit there because I know how dirty it is and because I know of the incidents from the past year. It is old and dirty. I strongly believe that a new one is necessary. To ask the custodians to clean it is like asking them to teach the class for us because they won't do it. I have been complaining about this for hygiene and health purposes with administration but nobody follows through. It is just not important for them. I am hoping that you follow through and purchase a new rug for my students and with it a great contribution to a better learning environment.

Ms. Marmolejo
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Carpets For Kids Mt. St. Helens Rug 8' 4" by 12' • $219.95 1 $219.95

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