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Mrs. Gonella from Camarillo CA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mindfulness Matters

Help me give my students solid counseling curriculum, tools for coping with negative thoughts and emotions (gratitude journals, affirmations, adult coloring books), and decor to create an inviting space.

  • $569 goal

This project expired on January 27, 2020.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember being in high school? The excitement that comes with homecoming and prom, even joining the varsity football team. Do you also remember the scary feelings and emotions that come with being in high school?

My students are bright, ambitious, and creative-but this comes at a price to their mental health.

During their busy day, many of them need a place to hang out and decompress, process their thoughts and emotions with a trusted adult, and learn to use positive/healthy coping skills. Many of my students also have stressful home environments so having a safe, therapeutic space to be at school is crucial.

My Project

As the intervention specialist, I am responsible for targeting the social-emotional needs of students at a high school. I see about 30 students per week, on average, and do not have a budget/funding for counseling curriculum, office decor, and activities for students to engage in when they're in a negative emotional state (which is, unfortunately, often). My students are often overwhelmed with big emotions and don't have the emotional abilities to process them. I want them to have a safe, welcoming, therapeutic space for students to access mental health support at school.

When my students are calm and confident, they're able to learn and thrive academically.

I can see them achieving many of their personal goals and going on to be successful adults. This is a crucial time for them and I intend to provide them with the most supports so that they can navigate their feelings and emotions. Being mindful of all those feelings will empower them to be better adults.

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

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Sweed Valley Pouf - Comfortable Pouf & Ottoman - Casual - Natural/White • Amazon Business $81.67 1 $81.67
Safavieh Evoke Collection EVK220C Vintage Oriental Ivory and Blue Round Area Rug (5'1" Diameter) • Amazon Business $56.41 1 $56.41
BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Markers, Assorted Colours, Pack of 8 • Amazon Business $26.97 1 $26.97
KOUBOO 1030036 Square Rattan Tissue Box Cover, 5" x 5" x 5.5", White Wash • Amazon Business $19.50 1 $19.50
Overcoming Procrastination for Teens: A CBT Guide for College-Bound Students • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Leepes Jute Rope Plant Basket Modern Woven Basket for 10" Flower Pot Floor Indoor Planters,Storage Organizer Basket Rustic Home Decor,Beige Stripes 11"x 11" • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety: Activities to Help You Overcome Fears and Worries Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Instant Help Book for Teens) • Amazon Business $15.65 1 $15.65
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: CBT Skills to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety (Instant Help) • Amazon Business $15.36 1 $15.36
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
HOMENOTE 6.3" Elegant Basic Plant Pot Cover for Small Plants, Succulents, Herbs Cream White Woven Plant Basket for 4.5" to 6" Planter Pot Small Cotton Rope Storage Organizer Basket for Table or Desk • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
60 Colors Calligraphy Brush Marker Pens Dual Tip Pastel Colored Bullet Journal Pen Fine Point 0.4 Blending Markers for Beginners, Art Supplies, Bible Journaling, Adult Kids Coloring Books • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
How to Love Yourself Cards: A Deck of 64 Affirmations • Amazon Business $14.38 1 $14.38
Power Thought Cards: A 64 Card Deck (Box Set) • Amazon Business $14.38 1 $14.38
Oasis Valley Cotton Rope Plant Basket for 6 Inch Indoor Plant and Flower Pots (Black and Brown) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and ... with Others (Instant Help Book for Teens) • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Mkono Plant Basket Cotton Linen Modern Indoor Planter Up to 10 Inch Pot Double-Faced Flower Pot Cover with Jute Lining for Storage Organizer Home Decor, 11" x 11" • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Affirmators! 50 Affirmation Cards to Help You Help Yourself - Without The Self-Helpy-Ness! • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Zen Garden Litter Box: A Little Piece of Mindfulness (RP Minis) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
I'm So Lit: A grATTITUDE journal to help catapult you to astonishing greatness. This hilariously fun, guided, daily, fill-in journal is all about you! • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Joyful Designs Adult Coloring Book (31 stress-relieving designs) (Studio) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Believe Adult Coloring Book (31 stress-relieving designs) (Studio: Artists' Coloring Books) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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