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Ms. Curran from Hartford CT is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mail Call! Letter Writing and Spreading Kindness

My students need supplies like cards, paper, and organizers for our year long letter writing projects!

  • $354 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My ninth grade English students are unique individuals that come from diverse backgrounds. As a low-income, high poverty urban school, my students arrive at our school from diverse backgrounds and circumstances. We have students who have come from approximately 30 different countries and speak at least 23 separate languages. They bring with them their own personalities, histories, and interests that help make our classroom community an energetic place. While my students face multitudes of hardships, their resiliency is inspiring and motivates me to work hard for them. Whether it is through more materials, unique learning experiences, or simple supports, my goal is to do whatever I can to support them.

What makes these students so amazing is their positive attitudes, motivation to improve, and the ability to use their differences as ways to teach each other.

Every year we work together towards group and individual goals to develop ourselves as better readers, writers, students, and humans. On paper, my job as their teacher is to provide them with the literary skills they need to be successful in our world, but I find that through our journey together it grows into so much more.

My Project

As part of our new Creative Writing course, we will be spending the year working on learning to write, address, and send letters! Students will be challenged once a week to write various types of letters and greeting cards to their peers, their role models, public figures, and themselves.

Letters are a fun way to spread kindness and strengthen our writing skills!

For many of my students, communication does not go beyond a quick text, an Instagram comment, or a filtered Snapchat. Not only is this an opportunity to show someone in their life that they care, but it is also a chance for them to learn an important real world skill.

In order to make this happen, we need some supplies! My goal is to create an inviting station in my classroom to spark student interest and creativity. Various types of colorful note cards and envelope sets are needed so that students have a template for any individual and occasion. Lined paper and blank envelopes are needed for more formal letter writing and stamps are needed to send some of our messages out beyond the walls of our school!

Finally, I've requested nice pens for students to use during our weekly activity and storage containers to keep everything neat and organized in our new station.

Ms. Curran
Grades 9-12
  • HPHS Law and Government Academy
  • Hartford, CT
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
USPS Forever Stamps Star Spangled Banner Roll of 100 Postage Stamps + Baumgartens Postage Stamp Keeper (Stamp Design May Vary) • Amazon Business $65.95 1 $65.95
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Assorted Colors, 12 Count • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Organizer Mini 3 Drawer Wht Sm (pack of 2) • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Fineliner Pens, iBayam 24 Colors Fine Tip Colored Writing Drawing Markers Pens Fine Line Point Marker Pen Set for Bullet Journal Planner Note Calendar Coloring Office School Supplies Art Projects • Amazon Business $7.97 2 $15.94
100 #10 Security SELF SEAL Envelopes - No Window, Premium Security Tint, Ideal for Home Office Secure Mailing, QUICK-SEAL Closure - 4-1/8 x 9-1/2 Inches - White - 24 LB - 100 Per Box (34100) • Amazon Business $7.85 2 $15.70
American Greetings Neon Rainbow Blank Single Panel Cards and Colored Envelopes, 100-Count • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
American Greetings Black and White Blank Single Panel Cards and White Envelopes, 40-Count • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
U.S. Art Supply 96 Hole Plastic Pencil & Brush Holder - Desk Stand Organizer Holder for Pens, Paint Brushes, Colored Pencils, Markers • Amazon Business $6.96 2 $13.92
40 Blank Note Cards - Multi-Color Pack - Matching Color Envelopes Included • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Hallmark Assorted Notecards (Stripes, Dots, Flowers, Blank Inside, 40 Cards and Envelopes) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
48 Pack All Occasion Greeting cards - Assorted Blank Note Cards Bulk Box Set Cosmic Designs - Envelopes Included - 4 x 6 Inches • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
American Greetings Blank Pastel Stationery Sheets and Colored Envelopes, 80-Count • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
American Greetings Bright Blank Single Panel Cards and Colored Envelopes, 40-Count • Amazon Business $10.63 1 $10.63
Hallmark Blank Note Cards with Envelopes (Stationery Box Set of 50 Blank Cards) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Oxford Filler Paper, 8-1/2" x 11", College Rule, 3-Hole Punched, Loose-Leaf Paper for 3-Ring Binders, 500 Sheets Per Pack (62349) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35

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