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Mrs. Bottomley from Lake Geneva WI is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Naturally in First Grade

Help me give my students a natural learning environment to spark creativity and imagination with nature-themed materials including topiary trees, bulletin board sets and borders.

  • $320 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We have around 400 students. Many who are open enrolled (around 13%) who choose to come to our school because of its wonderful reputation. 46% of the student population is economically disadvantaged, almost 23% of the population are students with disabilities and about 8% of students have limited English proficiency. However, our students are amazing, wonderful and inspiring people, and they show huge growth in subject areas. Their hard work and determination have helped our school to earn an amazing 5 star rating on the state report card.

My Project

Nature creates an environment that allows students to be creative and curious on a daily basis. Allowing students to have an "outdoor" themed classroom will benefit them as if they could go outside to learn each day.

Outdoor items such as trees, logs, plants, animals and rocks are all things that can make children intuitive and ask questions.

Having these life-like items in the classroom will enhance the opportunities to learn about nature.These days, outdoor education has been taken up by technology and reduced free time.

Time spent in nature offers development, emotional and health benefits to children. Please consider helping my classroom become "nature-al"!

Mrs. Bottomley
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 13 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scholastic TF3302 Tall Green Grass Jumbo Borders • Amazon Business $7.88 4 $31.52
MyGift Artificial Boxwood Topiary Tree in Modern Gray Pulp Planter, Set of 2 • Amazon Business $29.98 1 $29.98
LOFTPLUS LED Birch Tree Hand-Painted Bonsai String Light 24 LED for Indoor Use Warm White Battery-Operated AC Adapter Burlap Sack Included - 24inch Tall • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
HYSEAS 3D Digital Print Comfort Foam Throw Pillow for Home Decoration, Dark Gray Stump • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Schoolgirl Style Decorative Bulletin Board Set (110423) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Tropical Leaves Wall Decor Art Prints - Botanical Prints Wall Art - (Set of 6) - Unframed - 8x10s • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
Schoolgirl Style Decorative Bulletin Board Set (110426) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Schoolgirl Style Decorative Bulletin Board Set (110424) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Schoolgirl Style Decorative Bulletin Board Set (110425) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Schoolgirl Style Decorative Mini Bulletin Board Set (110430) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Schoolgirl Style Decorative Mini Bulletin Board Set (110428) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Woodland Whimsy Birch Tree Straight Borders • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
Palace Learning Set of 9 Woodland Animal Poster Prints - Cute Baby Forest Animal Wall Art - Nursery Room Decor (8" x 10", Unframed Paper Cardstock) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Woodland Whimsy Green Leaf Cut-Outs • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Woodland Whimsy Nameplates • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Woodland Whimsy Black & White Gingham Scalloped Borders • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Beistle 57322 3D Campfire Centerpiece, 12-Inch • Amazon Business $4.61 1 $4.61
Woodland Whimsy Butterflies Straight Borders • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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