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Mrs. Van Der Heide from Pasadena CA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Get Organized

My students need 5 wall pockets and 3 mobile organizers to have a more organized space.

  • $766 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As 21st century learners and International Baccalaureate students, my students are curious and inquisitive. They are working towards mastering the IB Profile by being Inquirers, Open-Minded, Reflective, Caring, Risk-takers, Knowledgeable, Principled, Thinkers, Balanced, and Communicators. The IB Attitudes are a vital focus in the development of positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning. These are the day to day attitudes we use: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

My students can be perfectly described as eager, ambitious, adventurous, and energetic.

They love to learn not only in the classroom setting, but they also enjoy learning through getting out and having experiences outside the classroom. Some of them love to be challenged while others need to be encouraged and helped each step of the way.

My Project

My current classroom setup is not ideal for several reasons. I have five mismatched bookshelves with about two baskets on each shelf. These baskets are what the students keep their textbooks in as well as folders with papers. They are all lined up against the back wall of the room and transitions are crowded and difficult with 36 bodies in there. On top of these bookshelves are racks with magazine files in them, where the students keep their writing. Again, when it is writing time, it is difficult for students to access their work with so many students trying to get their materials at the same time.

Having the wall pockets and mobile organizers will eliminate crowding during transition times and will allow students to grab the work they need quickly and get started right away saving valuable learning time.

I look forward to seeing students go to their "stations" where their work is located rather than 36 students pushing and shoving just to get what they need. Along with giving them a chance to save time and get started faster, it will lessen the likelihood of students pushing and shoving.

One last reason, and one of the most important reasons I have for asking for the donation of these supplies is sheer safety. Teaching in California, we are aware that earthquakes can occur at any time. It is my fear that the five bookshelves I currently have could easily fall in an earthquake seriously hurting my students. If I am able to replace them with the rolling storage carts and the hanging wall files, it will create an immensely safer environment for my students for years to come.

Mrs. Van Der Heide
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
OIC Grande Central Mail and Filing Wall Pockets, 7-Pocket Wall File Set, Letter/Legal, Wall Mount • $66.29 5 $331.45
ECR4Kids 12 Drawer Plastic Mobile Organizer Smoke • $76.49 3 $229.47

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