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Ms. Hannaford from Minneapolis MN is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Enter the Calm Zone for a Change!

Help me give my students the Calm Zone! An iPad to guide instruction, a pipe & drape system to enclose it, and LED lights that allow the students to pick the lighting color to suit their mood.

  • $1,167 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students attend an inner city middle school with high poverty. They have special needs which can be physical, social-emotional, developmental and sensory in nature. All of my students receive support guided by an individual educational plan.

We do our best at school to give our students opportunities to learn in the mainstream along the with support they need in a contained classroom.

Many of my students have differences in how well they can attend and focus to learn. They also have sensory differences in how they perceive the world which can make it challenging for them to stay calm and participate in learning, especially when given the demands in the mainstream. I have created sensory strategies to help students improve their self regulation.

My Project

The Calm Zone has been successfully used at a previous school site. I am anxious to get it back into action at my current school. The Calm Zone is a timed sequenced program guided by iPad instruction to use four pieces of equipment that first increase the heart rate, then slow it down and create calmness in those that participate. The program gathers data from each student experience to allow us to measure its benefit.

Success has been reported with the use of the Calm Zone, "It was amazing... it completely changed our student's day from one being filled with potential crises to one where the student was focused and ready to engage in learning.

This project will retrofit the Calm Zone into a classroom space where it will be used by our students to prepare them to learn and move from a place of upset or agitation. It can also be routinely used to help students prevent dysregulation.

Ms. Hannaford
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
OnlineEEI Premier Portable Pipe and Drape Backdrop Kit 8ft x 10ft (Black) • Amazon Business $194.46 3 $583.38
Apple - iPad (Latest Model) with Wi-Fi - 32GB - Space Gray • Best Buy Education $329.99 1 $329.99
LED Strip Lights, Govee 32.8ft RGB Colored Rope Light Strip Kit with Remote and Control Box for Room, Ceiling, Bedroom, Cupboard Lighting with Bright 5050 LEDs, Strong 3M Adhesive and Cutting Design • Amazon Business $33.99 1 $33.99

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