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Ms. Gutierrez from Salinas CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Make It Last: Keeping Our Materials in Tip Top Shape!

Help me give my students laminating pouches, Astrobrights paper, and lined handwriting paper.

  • $268 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

This year will be the first year of structured school for many of my students. I am excited to make this an amazing year that is both memorable and jump-starts their desire to be lifelong learners. My students come from an agricultural community that is predominately Spanish speaking. Much like my school's mission statement, I aim to provide a safe and nurturing environment to help my students reach their academic potential.

"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." -Alexandra Trenfor

My students attend a school that is more than 94% socioeconomically disadvantaged and more than 77% of the students are English language learners. With this in mind, I hope to create interactive lesson plans and keep my students engaged throughout the day. My goals are to provide a supporting and enticing environment so that my students may flourish.

My students come to be excited to learn and I want to help them initiate and continue that love for learning.

My Project

In my classroom, I encourage my students to reduce, reuse, and recycle. One way I help to keep our paper use down is to laminate our papers and reuse them. The colored paper is a special treat for us to use. It can be used for art projects as well as for center activities. The laminating sheets are essentials to making our materials last longer. Laminating worksheets/ materials for centers helps to keep them in good condition so they can be used for years to come.

In Kindergarten we are really working on our penmanship and letter formation.

Lined paper is a must for my students. We must continue to practice these skills all year long. This lined paper is vertical which is ideal to display their work on my student wall. The file folders with fasteners will be used on my student work wall. My hope is that I can continue to add to each student's folder with their work. When the year ends, I can remove the folders and have an entire portfolio of saved works and projects to share with the student and their family.

Ms. Gutierrez
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pacon 2656 Newsprint Handwriting Paper, Picture Story, 7/8" x 7/16" x 7/16" Ruled 9" x 12", Ruled Short, 500 Sheets • Amazon Business $11.29 5 $56.45
AmazonBasics Clear Thermal Laminating Plastic Paper Laminator Sheets - 8.9 Inch x 11.4 Inch, 200-Pack • Amazon Business $17.15 3 $51.45
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5"x 11", 24 lb/89 gsm, 5-Color Mixed Carton, 2500 sheets (22999) • Amazon Business $45.49 1 $45.49
50 Fastener File Folders, 1/3 Cut Reinforced Tab, Durable 2 Prongs Designed to Organize Standard Medical Files, Law Client Files, or Office Reports, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 50 Pack • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99

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