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Ms. Mackey from Bronx NY is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Messy Play Helps My Day, and Helps Me Learn

Help me give my students a carpet, sensory tubs, kinetic sand and other sensory items they need to have a good day.

  • $834 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

This is my first year being a full-time special education teacher when seeking advice from other teachers a large number of people told me to try switching to general education. I did not do such a thing I was not afraid of doing something different because most times emotionally disturbed children are just misunderstood and I am leaving that up to me to figure them out and make them finally feel safe in their own environment. I want my students to know that no matter what happens one day I will never judge or hold that against them the following day, I want to show these kids that there are people who care a lot about them.

Help us be ourselves!

My kids suffer from ADHD and are emotionally disturbed and receive medication I would like from them to have a relaxation corner where they can take a break from the outside when they feel like they may go into crisis.

My kids are so kind and the way they defend each other when someone is trying to bully them is so beautiful to me. They love each other which makes me love them even more already.

My Project

I teach a 12:1:5 which means I have twelve students one teacher and five paraprofessionals. My students are what they say "emotionally disturbed" but to me, they just learn in a different way and it takes a teacher who will actually care about the different ways my students may learn. My students suffer from ADHD, ODD, Bipolar disorder and more and at times of the day because of there medication these sensory toys will help them relax and come back to reality. I teach a class of twelve first graders who do receive medication and may need a place to rest their heads instead of that hard desk. I cannot afford to give my students the sensory corner they need but I know it would be a great help for them and their education. This sensory station will give my students the opportunity to relax in a way that will keep them safe. My students will use these sensory items to relax and take a break from getting overwhelmed with work and being asked to sit to finish their number. The materials asked will help my students before they go into crisis. For instance, research shows kinetic sand will are students with emotional disturbance regroup and focus on work. Also, the carpet will be a great incentive for my classroom so that the students will be able to take a nap when their medication seems to make them extremely fatigued.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
FF484 - Learning Letters Activity Carpet - 6' x 9' • Lakeshore Learning Materials $299.00 1 $299.00
SE203BU - Colored Kinetic Sand - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $42.99 1 $42.99
SE203RD - Colored Kinetic Sand - Red • Lakeshore Learning Materials $42.99 1 $42.99
PP532 - Alphabet Feel & Find Sensory Tub • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
PP181 - Giant Classroom Timer • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
SE997 - Magic Water Marbles - Clear • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
SE998 - Magic Water Marbles - Multicolor • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
TT769X - Neon Connect & Store Book Bins - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $28.99 1 $28.99
LC91 - Lakeshore Clear-View Storage Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 4 $27.96
PP273 - Sensory Tubs - Set of 3 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $26.50 1 $26.50
PP670 - Foam Sensory Paint - 5-Color Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
BA254 - Jumbo Magnetic Balls - Set of 20 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
LC510X - Large Unbreakable Craft Jars - Set of 3 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99

Materials cost

$668.34

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.03

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$708.37

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$125.01

Total project goal

$833.38

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$833.38

1 Donor

-$278.00

Donations toward project cost

-$236.30

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.70

match offer

-$555.38

Match offer toward project cost

-$472.07

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$83.31

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$0.00

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