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Mrs. Kaufman from Albany NY is requesting reading nooks, desks & storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Lighting to Set a Calm Learning Space

My students need lamps, with softer light, to create a calm learning environment.

  • $438 goal

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My Students

My students attend an urban, high needs middle school where I am their 8th grade science teacher. We want to have a non fluorescent lit room. Currently my students are exposed to bright fluorescent light all day long. My students would like to come into a room lit with lamps that have softer light and feel more like home. School is their "home away from home."

I teach in an urban high needs middle school in upstate New York.

I teach over 130 each day with about 30-33 each class period. My students are eager to learn, but have very minimal resources. My students have complained about the brightness of the room, so I am here to try to help change that for them. They are very excited and eager to learn every day, so hopefully this will help support their learning environment.

My Project

My goal is to create a calm learning environment for all of my students. One way I plan on completing this task is by using a variety of lamps. My students are constantly bombarded with fluorescent lights all day long. I want them to come into my classroom and with a combination of natural light from the windows and these lamps, give their eyes and brain a break from the overly bright rooms.

I believe by using the lamps in place of fluorescent light, my students will remain more calm and feel more at home.

I have had students complain of headaches and the brightness from the fluorescent lights. I hope to illuminate this problem by lighting my room with softer light. The lava lamps in particular seem to be very calming to many students. The lamps will be placed all around the room and the students will be able to control them when more or less light is needed.

Please consider donating to help my students get the light they need to be calm and successful.

Mrs. Kaufman
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LimeLights Charging Table Lamp, White (LT2024-WHT) • $19.34 4 $77.36
Lava Lite 14.5" Colormax Northern Lights Lava Lamp • $18.89 4 $75.56
Lava Lite 72950401us 14.5" Electroplasma Lava Lamp • $32.39 2 $64.78
Kenroy Home Incandescent Floor Lamp Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish (32713ORB) • $23.39 2 $46.78
Simple Designs Incandescent Mini Table Lamp Set, White (LT2007-WHT-2PK) • $18.44 2 $36.88
All the Rages Simple Designs LT3052-GRY Ceramic Stone Table Lamp, Gray • $17.54 2 $35.08

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