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Mrs. Schaffner from Streator IL is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Meeting Maslows Needs Before Bloom (Food Before Learning)

Help me give my students snacks to keep them healthy and learning throughout the school day.

  • $291 goal

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My Students

I am in my third year teaching special education. This is my second year teaching the CARES K-2nd grade program, which serves the highest need special education students in our district. Our students have a variety of disabilities that interfere with their education, such as autism, ADHD, and physical disabilities which requires specific teaching strategies that allow them to learn based on their strengths.

Our students often come to school without breakfast, and they eat the last lunch- which makes for some hungry students.

Small children need to eat every few hours, and our children need a snack to make it through the day and continue learning. Healthy students are those which have all of their basic needs met, and that includes snacks during the day.

My Project

Our kids often do not get breakfast before school. They are all offered breakfast at school, which sometimes they eat and sometimes they do not. Our students have the last lunch of the day, which is a long time for their small bellies to wait between meals. As part of our scheduled day, we have a snack time.

Snack time not only gives the students fuel to learn between meals, but it is also a chance to work on eating life skills in a non-hurried natural environment of the classroom.

My students have a snack and a drink daily, and they are not provided by the school or parents. It comes from the teacher's pocket. Having a selection of snacks and drinks to choose from will give the students a needed refuel which will encourage learning until their next meal.

This project asks for a variety of snacks and drinks. Most of them are healthy, but there are also a few sweet treats. Fruit snacks, pretzels, chips, and fruit cups are some of the requested snacks. Juice boxes are also requested as a drink is served daily as well.

Please help our children with a needed snack to get them from breakfast to lunch time.

Mrs. Schaffner
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kellogg's Fruity Snacks, Strawberry, Gluten Free, Fat Free, Bulk Size, 120 oz Case (48 Count) • Amazon Business $21.89 1 $21.89
Kellogg's Fruity Snacks, Mixed Berry, Gluten Free, Fat Free, Bulk Size, 120 oz (Pack of 48, 2.5 oz Pouches) • Amazon Business $21.89 1 $21.89
Snyder's of Hanover Mini Pretzels, Single-Serve 1.5 Ounce, 48 Count • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
SKINNYPOP Original Popped Popcorn, Individual Bags, Gluten Free Popcorn, Non-GMO, No Artificial Ingredients, A Delicious Source of Fiber, 1 Ounce (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Smartfood Popcorn Variety Pack, 40 count • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Smartfood Delight Popcorn Variety Pack, 36 Count • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels Variety Pack, 4 Flavors, 36 Single-Serve Bags • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and Dipps Variety Pack, 58 Count • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Frito-Lay Classic Mix Variety Pack, 35 Count • Amazon Business $12.65 1 $12.65
Emerald Nuts Variety Pack, 100 Calorie Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews, 18 Count • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
GoGo squeeZ Applesauce on the Go, Variety Pack (Apple Apple/Apple Banana/Apple Strawberry), 3.2 Ounce (20 Pouches), Gluten Free, Vegan Friendly, Healthy Snacks, Unsweetened, Recloseable BPA Free Pouch • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Pepperidge Farm, Goldfish, Crackers, Classic Mix, 29 oz, Variety Pack, Box, Snack Packs, Pack Of 30 • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Planters Nuts Variety Pack (1.75oz, Pack of 24) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Cheez-It Baked Snack Cheese Crackers, Original, Single Serve, 1.5 Oz Pack of 36 • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
Cheez-It Baked Snack Cheese Crackers, Original, Single Serve, 1.5 Oz Pack of 36 • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
Kellogg's Fruity Snacks, Mixed Berry, Gluten Free, Fat Free, 32 oz (40 Pouches) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Pringles Snack Stacks Potato Crisps Chips, Flavored Variety Pack, Original, Cheddar Cheese, and Sour Cream and Onion, 12.9 oz (18 Cups) • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48

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