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Ms. Santmier from Germantown MD is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mindful Minds in Motion

Help me give my students an area to take a mindful minute to move forward and achieve their academic goals.

  • $623 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We are part of a larger school that celebrates inclusion and is focused on teaching students the importance of mindfulness. My students are not only working to make academic gains but personal successes with their coping strategies. We are about building skills to most effectively, and positively work through our challenges while supporting each other. This includes building relationships, staying with the group, following directions, and accessing general education content in different ways. We celebrate little wins together each day.

My Project

By donating to our project, you will not only help to create a calming space for our students, but also increase student attention, and ultimately help to increase their academic achievement. Mindfulness in education, why is it a good thing? When effectively incorporated into the curriculum it can help students with: helping them reduce and/or manage their stress, improving their attention and ability to focus, managing their emotion reactivity, increasing their self-awareness and self-regulation, helping them find peace, encouraging their ability to calm themselves and regulate their emotions, improving their executive function and higher-order abilities (i.e., planning, strategic thinking), increasing their test anxiety through enhancing memory and concentration, and reducing mind-wandering/daydreaming and reducing ADHD symptoms. Research findings include: health benefits, improvement in cognitive performance as well as, resilience to academic performance and stress.

This mindful space will allow students to take charge of their learning and make the choices that work best for them.

During independent work and break times they can choose a location in the classroom that works for them. Making sure students are comfortable is an essential component in motivating them, and providing them with an optimal space, vital to assist with their success. The flexible seating and sensory items that I have selected will help my students by giving them areas and activities to explore strategies that promote an overall healthy well being. This in turn will positively affect students' demeanor, attitude, and academic achievement.

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Safavieh Milan Shag Collection SG180-8080 Grey Area Rug (6' x 9') • Amazon Business $159.99 1 $159.99
Linenspa Shredded Foam Reading Pillow with Neck Support - Extra Large Design for Adults - Perfect for Back Support While Relaxing, Gaming, Reading, or Watching TV - Soft Velour Cover • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
LapGear Compact Lap Desk - Charcoal - Fits Up to 13.3 Inch Laptops - Style No. 43105 • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Furinno 5-Cube Open Shelf, White 11069WH • Amazon Business $28.26 1 $28.26
Gaiam Yoga Mat Premium Print Reversible Extra Thick Non Slip Exercise & Fitness Mat for All Types of Yoga, Pilates & Floor Exercises, Be Free, 4mm • Amazon Business $27.98 1 $27.98
Posh Stuffable Kids Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair Cover - Childrens Toy Organizer, X-Large 48" - Canvas Fun Creatures Coloring Fabric • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Quartet Whiteboard, 2 x 3 feet Dry Erase Board, White Board, Aluminum Frame (75123) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Incline Fit Yoga Mat Anti Slip Printed Yoga Mat & 6mm - Thick & Non Slip Exercise Mat for Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, Meditation, Floor & Fitness Exercises, Hamsa, 4mm • Amazon Business $19.56 1 $19.56
WALIKI Kids Chair Ball with Legs | Flexible Seating Classroom Furniture | Therapy Ball | 18" Orange • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
21 Pack Sensory Fidget Toys Set Liquid Motion Timer/Grape Ball/Flippy Chain/Stretchy String/Squeeze-a-Bean Soybeans/Slime/Mesh & Marble/Mochi Squishy for ADHD Autism Stress Anxiety Relief Adult Kids • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Trivenee Tex Pillowcase Embroidered Funny Inspirational Quote Throw Pillow Cover Decorative Pillowcase for Couch Sofa Gift for Graduation Teen Boys Girls Christmas (Believe(Natural), 18'X18) • Amazon Business $14.60 1 $14.60
Kinetic Sand The Original Moldable Sensory Play Sand, Pink, 2 Pounds • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Kinetic Sand The Original Moldable Sensory Play Sand, Blue, 2 Pounds • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
YOUR SMILE Unicorn Cotton Linen Square Decorative Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover 18x18 Inch(44CM44CM) (YS050622) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
STD8814 - Home Sweet Classroom Bulletin Board Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.39 1 $6.39
STD8838 - Home Sweet Classroom Reclaimed Wood Border • Lakeshore Learning Materials $3.19 2 $6.38

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