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Ms. Halstead
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Literature Cafe Phase 3

My students need flexible learning spaces in the classroom to better learn.

My Students

The students of my school are special in many ways, including the demographic make-up of the school as well as the strong moral character traits that make them unique.

Our high school is located in a blue-collar, military community outside of Omaha, Nebraska.

Bellevue is home to a large US Air Force base and many of my students come from military families. Many of my students' families are also hard-working blue collar workers.

Finally, the strong moral character of my students also stands out. The very first week in my classroom, after reading a short story that brought up a lot of personal issues for students, a young man in the class shared a heart-wrenching story of family trauma. Rather than talking about him behind his back, or judging him, the other students offered him support. It was beautiful.

Our students are special in many ways, including the demographic make-up of the school as well as the strong moral character traits that make them unique.

My Project

"Ms. H...I am so angry that bad things happen to good people!"--Uttered a student after reading a harrowing scene in "The Kite Runner." Then, the class scattered around the room and began to write reflection journals...pondering solutions to the challenging issues presented in the novel.

So many great authors and readers are inspired by sitting in a coffee shop or restaurant and discussing great literature.

The young adults in my classroom can be inspired the same way! Although students are able to sit on the floor while working to change the world in my classroom, it would be amazing if we had furniture to foster a more student-centered, reflective and collaborative environment.

A key to creating a flexible learning space! Anyway, the teacher desk in the classroom is HUGE and takes up so much space that could be used for learning, so a smaller desk for me is needed. So many students love our flexible seating options, but need lap desks in order to work while using flexible seating. We also need a place to store our seating, so that is what the basket would be used for. Lastly, the softer seating will be excellent for the high population of special education students in my room, who may benefit from more flexible seating.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sprogs Kids Vinyl Soft Seating Square Stool, 18" H, Purple, SPG-1001PU-A • Amazon Business $114.96 1 $114.96
LapGear XL Student Lap Desk, - Purple (Fits upto 17.3" Laptop) • Amazon Business $19.99 5 $99.95
Ameriwood Home Landon Desk, Weathered Oak • Amazon Business $98.76 1 $98.76
DII Cotton/Polyester Cube Laundry Basket, Perfect In Your Bedroom, Nursery, Dorm, Closet, 10.5 x 17.5 x 10", Large Set of 2 - Gray Lattice • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98

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This project will reach 150 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Craig Newmark Philanthropies and one other donor.

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