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Ms. Fairweather from San Clemente CA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mental Health Awareness

Help me give my students coloring books, bean bag chairs, stress cards, emoji squeeze balls and a zen garden kit.

  • $468 goal

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My Students

I am one of the two school counselors at a high school with about 3,200 students. A typical day involves a student who has severe anxiety or depression, assisting a student who is homeless and needing food for breakfast, or a student who has experienced severe trauma and needs to work through anger and/or sadness. My students come from different socio-economic status' ranging from undocumented, homeless and foster youth.

These students are wonderful children, full of bright ideas and dreams for their future but also struggle with a lot of trauma that often keeps them from achieving to their fullest potential.

I am so grateful that I am able to provide a safe place for them to work through their anxiety and learn coping strategies. We are lucky to have so many resources in the community that I am able to partner them with!

My Project

Creating a safe, comfortable environment is essential for students to do well academically. A majority of the students I work with have unfortunate environmental factors, such as being homeless, parents suffering from mental health issues and/or addictions, and childhood traumas.

My drive and passion is to help make a difference in my students lives, creating a path for them to have a successful life after high school.

I have noticed that kids only need one person to believe in them and to make a difference. A safe place is needed in everyone's lives. It is unfortunate if that is not at home, but that is what I am here for.

Your donation's are going to help me with my mission. The two bean bag chairs will create a relaxed environment. Studies show that there is more buy in with counseling when there is strong rapport and a comfortable environment. This will also help when students come in with a panic attack; they will be able to relax in a comfortable area. In addition, the rug will tie the room together with the bean bags, showing a warm welcoming environment. The bistro set will go outside of the counseling office by the garden that we have started. We have lunch sessions with students and instead of eating inside the office, it will be nice to sit outside in the sun to break up the school day where students are always inside.

The zen garden will be placed on my center table and will help distract my students when they are facing anxiety or feeling uncomfortable, taking the pressure off of eye contact. This ties in with what the gemstone ball set will be utilized for. Both of these sensory items will also be a good icebreaker in my groups.

Ms. Fairweather
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elite Classic Large Bean Bag, Vinyl, Black, 38" x 34" x 25" • Staples Advantage $59.99 2 $119.98
Patio Sense 62424 So Be Illuminated Folding Bistro Set • Amazon Business $85.51 1 $85.51
Surya SCG-810 Poly Vinyl Chloride Rug Pad, 8' x 10' • Staples Advantage $51.99 1 $51.99
Zen Factory - Deluxe Zen Garden Kit - Best For Your Desktop, Home Or Office - Accessories Include: Wooden Base, Sand, 2 Rakes, Incense Pot & Assortment Of Rocks - Makes A Great Gift • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
MANIFO 7 Chakra Gemstone Ball Sphere Set on Black Obsidian Hexagram Stand Reiki Healing Crystals Authentic Stress Free Relaxation Fengshui Seven-Star Appetizer Plate • Amazon Business $14.89 1 $14.89
Stress Less Cards - 50 Inspirational Mindfulness & Meditation Exercises | Helps Relieve Stress, Anxiety | Natural Relaxation, Insomnia & Sleep Aid • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Culturenik Be Awesome Inspirational Motivational Happiness Quotes Decorative Poster Print (12 x 36 in a tube) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
FUN Emoji Face Squeeze Balls- 12 ~ 3'' Stress Relax Emotional Toy Balls ~ Fun Office Holiday Gift ~ Stocking Stuffer ~ Gag Toy • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92
ART THERAPY COLORING BOOK NATURE • School Specialty $4.47 1 $4.47

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