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Ms. Ovalle from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Be Stress Free!

Help me give my students materials to make slime and stress balls, paintings, coloring books, snacks, and games to encourage and inspire relaxation, meditation, and friendship through collaboration to support mental and emotional wellness.

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My Students

”Don’t tell someone to get over it; help them to get through it.” ~ Unknown

Serving your community is a way to bring learning to life.

My 9th-grade students chose Mental Health as one of the units they want to explore. Today, with everything they have already been through, it is imperative that they understand the importance of breaking the stigma about mental illness. Students are learning to be Upstanders and to help each other and others feel welcome and encouraged both inside and outside of the virtual classroom.

My students have a range of disabilities including autism, learning disabilities, visual impairments, cognitive impairments. They know what it feels like to be afraid, anxious, and alone. Learning through this pandemic hasn't been easy for anyone. This project will provide the opportunity to get students the materials they need to support their own and other's mental and emotional health.

My school is located in a large urban city. Of the 3,100 students 94% are low-income, 10% of the students have disabilities, and 8% are English Language Learners. I teach my students not to let their personal home situations, English Language Learners status, or disabilities hinder their academic or social-emotional

My Project

Students will collaborate to plan stress-free days to encourage friendship. They will make slime, stress balls, and art to use to encourage safe ways to release stress. They will plan brain break opportunities for our class as well as their other classes.

Though this will occur virtually, students will still have the impact of collaboration, teamwork, laughter, and leadership as they teach each other skills to reduce stress.

Students will create protocols for students to use games, stress-reducing art, or stress balls at times when they are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed out. Students will learn organizational skills as they plan for classroom break activities and teach each other about mental health and strategies to reduce stress. Students will learn the skills of following directions and safety while making the slime and stress balls. Snacks will also be provided to add to the fun. Finally, students will learn about teamwork as they encourage each other when they play board games or participate in respectful competition.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rubik's Cube 3 x 3 Puzzle Game for Kids Ages 8 and Up • Amazon Business $9.99 6 $59.94
Apple Barrel PROMOABI 18pc Matte Finish Acrylic Craft Paint Set, Assorted Colors 1, 18 Count • Amazon Business $19.73 3 $59.19
ANIME Coloring Book + 200 Pages: Color +200 Mixed anime characters that you know- anime Coloring book for adults , teen-agers and also kids - Anime Coloring book ( 8.5 x 11 )inches +200 pages • Amazon Business $9.99 5 $49.95
Paint by Sticker: Dogs: Create 12 Stunning Images One Sticker at a Time! • Amazon Business $9.89 5 $49.45
The Elevated Mandala Coloring Book For Teens and Adults: Stress Relieving and Relaxing Coloring Pages for Zen Meditation | Both White and Black ... Coloring Therapy (Mandala Coloring Books) • Amazon Business $7.95 5 $39.75
Brain Games - Sticker by Letter: In the Wild (Sticker Puzzles - Kids Activity Book) • Amazon Business $7.95 5 $39.75
Wood Easels, Easel Stand for Painting, Art, and Crafts (9 x 14.8 in, 12 Pack) • Amazon Business $37.99 1 $37.99
Blank Paint Canvas Panels (15 Pack - 8 x 10 Inch) White Artist Canvas Boards for Painting Using Oil or Acrylic Paint • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
An Inspirational Colouring Book For Everyone: Be Fearless In The Pursuit Of What Sets Your Soul On Fire • Amazon Business $6.99 4 $27.96
UNO Super Mario, You, Super Mario Bros, and a Game of UNO! • Amazon Business $5.44 5 $27.20
CraveBox Healthy Care Package (30 Count) Natural Bars Nuts Fruit Health Nutritious Snacks Variety Gift Box Pack Assortment Basket Bundle Mix Sample College Student Office Valentines Day Chocolates • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
SNICKERS, TWIX, 3 MUSKETEERS & MILKY WAY Full Size Chocolate Candy Bars Variety Mix, 33.31-Ounce 18-Count Box • Amazon Business $12.75 2 $25.50
Healthy snack Care Package (30 count) A Gift crave Snack Box with a Variety of Healthy Snack Choices – Great for Office, College Military, Work, Students etc. • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Acrylic Paint Brush Set, 6 Packs / 60 pcs Nylon Hair Brushes for All Purpose Oil Watercolor Painting Artist Professional Kits • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Healthy Snacks Care Package (Count 30) - Discover a whole new world of Healthy Snacks • Amazon Business $22.95 1 $22.95
Elmer's Liquid School Glue, Washable, 4 Ounces Each , 12 Count - Great for Making Slime • Amazon Business $10.24 2 $20.48
Candy Treats 3 POUNDS - Individually Wrapped Candy - Skittles, Starburst, Swedish Fish, Twizzlers, Nerds, Sour Patch Kids, Sweet Tarts - Assorted Candy Bulk - Halloween Candy Bags • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Mattel Games UNO Emojis, Multicolor, Basic Pack (DYC15) • Amazon Business $5.97 3 $17.91
Frito-Lay Party Mix, (40 Count) Variety Pack • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
RUBFAC 120 Assorted Color Balloons 12 Inches 12 Kinds of Rainbow Party Latex Balloons, Latex Balloons for Party Decoration, Birthday Party Supplies or Arch Decoration • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
The Anxiety Toolkit: Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Mattel Games CDY11 UNO: Dare - Card Game • Amazon Business $4.35 3 $13.05
Paint by Sticker: Music Icons: Re-create 10 Classic Photographs One Sticker at a Time! • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Paint by Sticker Kids: Unicorns & Magic: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time! Includes Glitter Stickers • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time! • Amazon Business $5.90 1 $5.90

Materials cost

$687.65

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.31

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$727.96

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$128.46

Total project goal

$856.42

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$856.42

2 Donors

-$30.00

Donations toward project cost

-$29.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.75

Allstate Foundation match offer

-$30.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$25.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$4.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$792.01

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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