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Ms. Keely from Pensacola FL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Math Classroom Needs Supplies to Fight the Widening Achievement Gap

Help me give my students the supplies necessary for a comfortable learning environment.

  • $160 goal

This project expired on June 23, 2019.

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My Students

I teach Algebra 1A/1B to roughly 90 freshman students. I see these students every single day for 105 minutes. They are students who have been identified as needing more help than students in a typical Algebra 1 class which would meet daily for 50 minutes.

My students have had an extremely turbulent and inconsistent year.

They began the school year with one teacher, who then transferred elsewhere in the district. Their second teacher left halfway through the school year.

I accepted this teaching position in early February after moving to Florida. Various substitute teachers had been in the classroom since winter break. A coworker of mine that also teaches Algebra 1 had been leaving her classroom to teach my students 20 minute lessons while still juggling her own students and workload.

My students often ask me if I am planning on leaving. I want to offer these students consistency. I want them to know that every day they come into our classroom I will be there and that I will advocate for them. They need to know someone cares that they are learning, growing, and experiencing successes in Algebra. In order for this to be possible, we need supplies.

My Project

I teach at a Title I high school in which 52% of students receive free and reduced lunches. The school is in the top 100 most diverse public high schools in Florida; the student body is 44.5% white, 40.1% African American, 6.1% multiracial, 5% Hispanic, 3.1% Asian, 0.8% Native American, and 0.3% Pacific Islander. According to Florida state test results, only 29% of the students are proficient in mathematics.

When I first came into my classroom in early February the room was empty other than desks and chairs.

The walls were bare other than a half chalkboard/half whiteboard at the front of the class that had no chalk, markers, or erasers. When a student forgot a pencil, they announced that they could not write that day. Students left class to get tissues, wash their hands, or borrow supplies from other classrooms.

I have purchased tissues, pencils, markers, erasers, and other supplies for the classroom, but these resources disappear almost as quickly as my budget for them does. My students need pencils, erasers, hand sanitizer, and other basic classroom materials to be able to engage in learning in a comfortable manner. Low-income students deserve access to high-quality education!

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

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Expo 1921061 Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip Assorted, 36 Count, Multicolor • Amazon Business $23.40 1 $23.40
Germ-X Hand Sanitizer, Original, Pump Bottle, 30 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $19.16 1 $19.16
Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Graphite Pencils, #2 HB Soft, Yellow, 96 Count (13872) • Amazon Business $9.50 2 $19.00
Expo 80078 Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 1 Pack with 8 Markers, Total of 8 Markers • Amazon Business $6.85 2 $13.70
SIQUK 36 Packs Colorful Whiteboard Eraser Dry Eraser Magnetic Chalkboard Cleansers Wiper(1.97 x 1.97 Inches) with 4 Pieces Dry Erase Whiteboard Markers for Classroom Offices • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Crisp Lemon and Fresh Scent - 3 Pack - 75 Each • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Mr. Pen - Pencil Erasers, Pencil Top Erasers, 100 Pieces Cap Erasers, Eraser Tops, Pencil Eraser Toppers, School Erasers for Kids, School Supplies for Teachers, Eraser Pencil, Earasers, Eraser Caps • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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