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Mrs. Ortega from Yuma AZ is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Moving On with Collaboration in 1st Grade!

Help me give my students ​a printer and ink to publish their writing projects, wireless PA system, writing journals, cardstock, laminating pouches, STEM kits, and learning resources that are essential for acquiring 21st Century Skills.

  • $1,309 goal

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My Students

Our school is a high poverty school and is located in a community in southwestern Arizona with a close proximity to Mexico and California. Our 1st grade classroom is a diverse English Language Learner self-contained classroom with thirty-four students varying different language proficiency levels. These students come from low income families, the majority of them being migrant and agricultural workers. Many of my parents are struggling to provide for children's basic needs. Additionally, my students exhibit great willingness to learn and are striving to meet their goals. Nonetheless, they are quick learners and are acquiring English as their second language and dream big. They are my inspiration and keep my passion to teach on fire!

My Project

The cardstock paper is a long-lasting classroom favorite used for premade learning templates that are inserted in the heavy-duty sheet protectors. Sheet protectors are used as students' personal dry erase boards during whole group and small group instruction where students use dry erase markers to show their work as they learn and practice concepts in all subject areas. We need these heavyweight durable sheet protectors so that erasing and maintenance will be easy for 1st graders. Templates include letter formation, number bonds, Elkonin boxes, among many others that are suitable for our daily learning routines. The cardstock templates and sheet protectors are an efficient productive way to transition between content areas while learning is taking place. The laminating pouches are also great in making resources durable and long lasting.

The STEM resources such as the building blocks and bricks would allow students to think and build like engineers and expand their imagination and most importantly build on their problem-solving skills.

The plastic containers will serve as storage bins for STEM kits and the cart for them to be transported with ease. The printer and ink would allow students to publish their writing, designs in color, and to research STEM resources such as pictures and be able to print them in color as well.

Additionally, this project includes composition notebooks. These notebooks will be used as a writing portfolio to progress monitor and assess students' writing goals. The flip chart markers will assist in the prewriting process with the creation of writing anchor charts. Furthermore, the wireless PA system will serve as the means to share in the collaboration process and increase students' public speaking skills.

Mrs. Ortega
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 34 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FG360X - First Picture-Story Composition Book - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $27.99 6 $167.94
Staples Nonstick Top-Loading Sheet Protectors, Heavy-Weight, Clear, 3.3 mil, 8 1/2" x 11", 100/Bx • Staples Advantage $16.99 8 $135.92
30W MAONO Wireless PA system with Two Wireless Handheld Microphones Karaoke Machine for Adults Kids FM Radio (Black) • Amazon Business $106.99 1 $106.99
Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 8.9 x 11.4-Inches, 3 mil thick, 200-Pack, Clear (TP3854-200) • Amazon Business $24.00 4 $96.00
Canon Office and Business MX922 All-In-One Printer, Wireless and mobile printing • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
TT125 - Star Builders • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
TT127 - Gear Builders • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
E-Z Ink (TM) Compatible Ink Cartridge Replacement for Canon PGI-250XL PGI 250 XL CLI-251XL CLI 251 XL to use with PIXMA MX922 MG5520 (3 Large Black, 3 Cyan, 3 Magenta, 3 Yellow, 3 Small Black) 15 pack • Amazon Business $18.30 2 $36.60
Office World Compatible Ink Cartridge Replacement for Canon PGI-250XL CLI-251XL,Compatible with Canon PIXMA MX922 MG7520 MG5520 MG5420 MG7120 MG6320 • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
XW683 - Zoob Building Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
NR15 - Log Builders - Starter Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $32.99 1 $32.99
dbest products Quik Cart Two-Wheeled Collapsible Handcart with Black Lid Rolling Utility Cart with seat Heavy Duty Lightweight • Amazon Business $31.24 1 $31.24
Ggbin 7 Quart Clear Latch Storage Box with Black Handle and Latches - 4 Pack • Amazon Business $21.55 1 $21.55
Staples Poly Binder Pockets, Assorted, 5/Pk • Staples Advantage $3.99 5 $19.95
Sharpie Flip Chart Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors, 2 Packs of 8 Total of 16 Markers • Amazon Business $19.49 1 $19.49
Pilot Precise V5 Premium Rolling Ball Stick Pens, Extra Fine Point (0.5mm), Blue, Dozen (35335) • Staples Advantage $19.49 1 $19.49
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb/176 gsm, Planetary Purple, 250 Sheets (22871) • Amazon Business $17.35 1 $17.35
12 Pack Arthur Imaging Compatible Ink Cartridge Replacement for 251XL (3 Black, 3 Cyan, 3 Yellow, 3 Magenta, 12-Pack) • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Exact Index Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 110 lb/199 gsm, Gray, 250 Sheets (49591) • Amazon Business $15.81 1 $15.81
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb/176 gsm, Martian Green, 250 Sheets • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
Neenah Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", Heavy-Weight, White, 94 Brightness, 300 Sheets (91437) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Exact Index Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 110 lb/199 gsm, Blue, 250 Sheets (49521) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98

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