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Mrs. Strong from Metairie LA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Ms. S., I Don't Have a Pencil!

My students need basic schools supplies like pencils, pens, and highlighters to take their notes.

  • $430 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Can you imagine trying to take notes in math class without having a pencil? My students come to class ready to learn, but do not have pencils to take their notes. They understand the material in class, and then attempt to complete their homework without having notes from the day's lecture.

I teach 8th grade Pre-algebra and Algebra I at a high-poverty school in Louisiana, and my students are often unable to purchase basic school supplies like pencils and highlighters for use in my class.

They often are not taught how to take proper notes before attending my class, and much of my time is spent reinforcing good study habits and note-taking procedures. We often use interactive note-taking sheets and work regularly with graphs and graphic organizers, but the students are not able to complete them without having to repeatedly borrow school supplies from one another.

My Project

In my classroom, I'd like to put together a mini school supply kit to attach to every desk. The students waste precious time every day by borrowing materials from one another (or from me), and often these materials are not returned and go missing. By having a kit available at each desk, I hope to reinforce student accountability by having each student responsible for the items in their kit, and reduce wasted time in class on forgotten materials. Each supply kit would include: a pencil, a hand-held pencil sharpener, a green pen, two different color highlighters, a sticky-note pad, a 6" ruler, and a dry-erase marker. We use the green pens for correcting work, the sticky-note pads to ask questions that we run out of time in class for and other various activities, the highlighters on notes and while graphing, and the dry erase markers on miniature dry erase boards.

I am a first year teacher trying to make math accessible to all of my students.

I hate when my students are dedicated and willing to learn, but without basic materials that hinder their success. By providing basic school supply kits in my classroom, my students will not fall behind because of monetary restrictions outside their control.

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Mrs. Strong
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 130 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ERASER SAX SOAP 1X1X5/8 PACK OF 24 • School Specialty Inc. $4.74 2 $9.48
MARKERS FLUORESCENT HIGHLIGHTERS SET OF 10 • School Specialty Inc. $13.77 3 $41.31
SHARPENER PENCIL BARREL 2 HOLE - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty Inc. $0.85 32 $27.20
PENCIL TICONDEROGA #2 PRE-SHARPENED PACK OF 12 • School Specialty Inc. $2.75 3 $8.25
MARKER EXPO 2 LOW ODOR FINE SET OF 8 • School Specialty Inc. $10.92 4 $43.68
RULER 6'' ACRYLIC IN SLEEVE • School Specialty Inc. $0.94 32 $30.08
POST-IT NOTES SUPER STICKY RECYCLED 4'' X 4'' PACK OF 6 • School Specialty Inc. $17.94 6 $107.64

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