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Mrs. Chamberlain Engel from Hayward CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Less Kitsch, More Kitchen!

My students need posters, cork board, signs, tableclothes, and a menu sign to update the decor of our 1960s-era middle-school kitchen.

  • $425 goal

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My Students

My 7th and 8th grade Home Economics students are an energetic bunch of teens who love to socialize and have fun. Our Title I middle school is located in a high-poverty, working-class neighborhood. About 60% of our student body receives free or reduced-price lunch, and many of them speak English as a second language.

You wouldn't know it from looking at them, but many have already experienced trauma, disruption, and loss in their young lives.

After school, most either go home to babysit younger siblings at home or attend after-school care until 5 or 6. For young teens, this high amount of responsibility at home can sometimes result in extra exuberance while at school. Although some of them forget to focus on academics, most of our students are terrific, goal-setting scholars who might very well be the first in their families to attend college!

My Project

Our Home Economics kitchen is really shaping up. During our first year, we've added new small appliances, new cookware and utensils, a pantry full of food, and much more. Even though our program is really coming together beautifully, our classroom is still ugly and out of date. Instead of the dingy, decade-old items stuck on our walls, I envision food, nutritional, and safety posters, hand washing signs, bright and cheerful tablecloths, a cork board wall for rotating bulletin boards, and a neon menu sign for menus and instructions.

These decorative touches would make our classroom next-level fierce and amazing.

Of course, our school budget doesn't have money for these items, so our only hope of reducing our eyesore is getting your help!

Mrs. Chamberlain Engel
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 125 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
YEMYHOM Modern Printed Spill Proof Cloth Rectangle Tablecloth (60 x 84", Colorful Stripes) • Amazon Business $16.89 4 $67.56
Smonet 32"x24" Flashing Illuminated Erasable Neon LED Message Menu Sign Writing Board (7 Colors of RGB 28 Flashing-Mode Remote Control, Washable Eraser Cloth, 8pcs Fluorescent Pens) • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Quartet Cork Tiles, 12" x 12", Corkboard, Mini Wall Bulletin Boards, Natural (16 Pack + Plextool) • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Casabella Loop 3-Piece Dish Brush Set • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
SmartSign by Lyle S2-0798-PL-14 "Don't Spread GERMS WASH Your Hands" Plastic Sign • Amazon Business $11.10 2 $22.20
SmartSign by Lyle S2-0798-PL-14 "Don't Spread GERMS WASH Your Hands" Plastic Sign • Amazon Business $11.10 2 $22.20
Brady PS128E 18" Height, 24" Width, Laminated Paper, Black, Red, Blue On White Color Prinzing First Aid Training Poster, Legend "Emergency First Aid Guide" • Amazon Business $21.82 1 $21.82
Spices and Culinary Herbs Gourmet Kitchen Cooking Print Poster 24x36 • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
SUPERIORFE Chalkboard Sign (Set of 10) – Decorative Rectangle Mini Hanging Chalk Board with Jute for Wedding, Kitchen, Restaurant Signs, 4.7 X 6.3 Inch • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Trend Enterprises "Attention! Only positive attitudes allowed in this area" ARGUS Posters • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Poster #8 Motivational Poster Motivates the Most Unmotivated Students • Amazon Business $6.34 1 $6.34
Trend Enterprises Vegetables Learning Chart (T-38248) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89

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