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Ms. Tobin from Milwaukee WI is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Little Things Make a Big Difference: Simple Supplies for Class

Help me give my students markers, post-its, paper, highlighters, pens, pencils, tape, file labels, tissues, paper towels, and cleaning products to actively engage with our reading and writing, and stay healthy while doing it!

  • $474 goal

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My Students

I teach the “bookends” of high school--seniors and freshmen. My students are a diverse bunch that attend an urban, arts-focused high school. In addition to being extraordinarily talented artists, they are engaged and gifted scholars.

My students amaze me every day with the sheer talent they possess.

But, we face many of the same challenges as other urban schools, including limited resources.

Students often are not as confident when it comes to reading and writing. Many students fear failure and will shut down when faced with a new, unfamiliar challenge. I work to create the most positive environment possible so that each of my students feels safe, validated, and ready to learn.

My Project

These basic classroom supplies: highlighters, paper, posters, tape, pens, pencils, markers, etc., will help my students more deeply engage with our class work and the texts with which we are working. We will read more deeply, and annotate as we read with post its.

These supplies will help my students write in our writing workshops, peer-edit writing pieces, create anchor charts to explore our reading and writing, and ask questions and connect to literature on a deeper level.

My students will make connections to the text and to the world around us, and craft individual and group responses to literature.

The cleaning supplies (paper towels, tissues, cleansing wipes) will transform our old and institutional classroom into a warm and healthy space that is inviting and encourages students to feel comfortable and focus on learning.

These school supplies will transform my classroom into an efficient, productive, and healthy space. My students will feel welcome, ready to learn, and be prepared to do "the heavy lifting" of learning.

These supplies will allow me to maintain a healthy space and provide the tools my students need to facilitate learning. Many of my students cannot provide these supplies for themselves, let alone contribute extra to our classroom. These school supplies will give us the freedom to focus solely on student learning.

Ms. Tobin
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crayola Classpack Washable Markers, Broad Point, Assorted Colors, 200/Box • Staples Advantage $65.14 1 $65.14
Staples Stickies Restickable Easel Pad, 30 Sheets, 1" Blank, White, 30"H x 25"W, 2/Ct • Staples Advantage $30.19 2 $60.38
Staples Facial Tissues Flat Box, 2-Ply, 160 Sheets/Box, 36 Boxes/Case • Staples Advantage $43.99 1 $43.99
Staples Copy Paper, 20 Lb., 92 Bright, 8 1/2" x 11", White, 10-Ream Case (135848) • Staples Advantage $34.78 1 $34.78
Sparkle Professional Series Paper Towels, 2-Ply, White, 70 Sheets/Roll, 30 Rolls/Case (2717201) • Staples Advantage $31.99 1 $31.99
Staples Stickies Notes, 3" x 3", Bright Colors, 100 Sheets/Pad, 24 Pads/Pack (52226) • Staples Advantage $26.99 1 $26.99
Staples Stickies Recycled Notes, Blank, 3" x 3", Yellow, 18 Pads/Pack (S-33YR18) • Staples Advantage $21.19 1 $21.19
Staples Hype Tank Highlighters, Chisel, Assorted, 12/PK • Staples Advantage $6.49 3 $19.47
Staples Plastic Clear Tabs, 3-1/2" x 5/8", 50/Pack • Staples Advantage $8.99 2 $17.98
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom Scent, 110 Wipes/Canister (1920078849) • Staples Advantage $7.99 2 $15.98
Staples Masking Tape, 1" x 60 yd., Blue (2271) • Staples Advantage $5.49 2 $10.98
Sharpie Flip Chart Markers, Assorted, 8/pk (22478) • Staples Advantage $5.26 2 $10.52
Staples Pre-Sharpened Wood Pencils, No. 2, 48/Pk • Staples Advantage $2.86 2 $5.72
Staples Hanging Folder Tab Inserts, 3-1/2", 100/Pack (117788) • Staples Advantage $1.79 1 $1.79

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