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Mrs. Tartsa from Manchester NH is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Get to the Point! Sharpened Pencils are Needed!

Help me give my students the opportunity to have sharpened pencils while in class.

  • $196 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is an inner-city school with a diverse population. We have over 850 children walking through our hallways, speaking a variety of languages and coming from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Each day these students enter a safe learning environment and are greeted with smiles from dedicated, caring staff members.

I love to teach, and I want my students to love learning.

Language Arts encompasses reading, writing and speaking, and I try to engage students by using the arts to enhance their learning. This is a challenge with a district that is underfunded. I appreciate the opportunity to help me help my students.

My Project

Sadly, we have many dull and broken pencils in our classroom because our electric pencil sharpener has died. Additionally, all of the handheld sharpeners have broken, and so students have no way to sharpen their pencils in class.

Students must ask to borrow from those students who have their own personal handheld sharpeners or quietly walk next door to another classroom and use their pencil sharpener.

Having our own classroom electric sharpener, and some handheld sharpeners for colored pencils, would help students out tremendously and make learning all that much easier. So, getting to the "point" .... sharpened pencils are necessary and helpful in class! Thank you.

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

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Staedtler Tub Pencil Sharpeners single-hole sharpener [Pack of 6] • Staples Advantage $50.29 1 $50.29
Bostitch QuietSharp Executive Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (EPS8HD-BLK) • Staples Advantage $43.09 1 $43.09
Staples Electric Pencil Sharpener, Gray/Silver, Each (21835) • Staples Advantage $41.14 1 $41.14

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