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Mr. Dean from Whitakers NC is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mindfulness Classroom

Help me give my students a place where they can slow down and shake off anxiety, anger, and stress outside the classroom.

  • $548 goal

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My Students

Imagine a school where everyone knows your name, you are greeted with a smile, and we celebrate birthdays over the intercom. Our school is a hidden jewel nestled in the backwoods of a rural community.

Our students put forth great effort each day as they come to mold their legacy and move beyond the norms of mundane normalcy.

With the hindrance of living in a high-poverty area, our students overcome these adversities daily. They work hard, play hard, and love hard!

My Project

Every day students come to school with worldly problems weighing them down. They are so young and inexperienced to handle what is thrown at them. Sometimes these frustrations manifest as anxiety, depression, or anger. Imagine sitting in a room trying to learn your multiplication facts but not being able to get your mind off of the argument your parents had this morning.

A mindfulness classroom helps the counselor utilize a resource that has been proven to reduce stress, lower anxiety, and re-engage the student back to the classroom.

This mindfulness classroom is set up to allow students to remove themselves from feelings that are overpowering to feelings of regaining control.

To allow for a calming atmosphere, we need to have a space that supports calming tones. Students will utilize the floor lamps rather than overhead lights to offset the glare of florescent bulbs. Meditation pillows allow the students to sit comfortably on a soft texture to allow the body to relax. Exercise balls allow the students to provide an alternative seating based on their preference when engaged in calming interventions. The sand table allows students a tangible manipulative while engaged in listening or talking about their feelings. The garden tool set allows students to use items to manipulate the sand table. Stress balls and bubble manipulative allow students to release pent up frustrations or feelings of anxiety in a safe manner. The sound machine provides a calming background to block out the external audio attacks from hallways and classrooms giving the student a sense of peace. Finally, the mindfulness game is an engaging tool that helps students learn how to utilize coping skills for life skills in life.

Mr. Dean
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 257 students.

10 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Yenny shop 52" Creative Floor Lamp Soft Lighting Home Design Minimalist Modern Floor Lamp with Fabric Shade & 2 Bulbs for Living Room Warm Atmosphere • Amazon Business $56.99 2 $113.98
REEHUT Zafu Yoga Meditation Bolster Pillow Cushion Round Cotton or Hemp - Organic Buckwheat Filled - (Dark Grey, 12"x12"x4.5") • Amazon Business $21.33 5 $106.65
Exercise Ball for Yoga, Balance, Stability from SmarterLife - Fitness, Pilates, Birthing, Therapy, Office Ball Chair, Classroom Flexible Seating - Anti Burst, Non Slip + Workout Guide (Silver, 45cm) • Amazon Business $12.97 4 $51.88
Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table • Amazon Business $46.74 1 $46.74
Sound Machine Sleep Therapy, White Noise Machine with Night Light, Timer/Play All Night for Sleeping, Adult, Baby, Office Privacy, 8 Natural Smoothing Music, USB Output Portable Sound Machine Traveler • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Mindfulness Matters: The game that uses mindfulness skills to improve coping in everyday life • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Mini Zen Garden Tool Rake Set, 6 Pieces, Rakes, Drawing Stylus, Sand Smoothing Push Rake • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
DNA Stress Balls [3 Pack] - Squeezing Stress Relief Ball - for Kids & Adults- Stress Squishy Toys for Autism, ADHD, Bad Habits & More- Risk-Free Sensory Rubber Ball • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors (Single Bubbler) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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