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Mrs. Covington from Danbury NC is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Needed: A Space to Retreat & Refocus

My students need sensory and fidget items to use in an inviting teen-style furnished space to decompress and refocus so they can be productive engaged learners in their classrooms.

  • $931 goal

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My Students

Students at my school live in very small rural communities and most come to school each day struggling to overcome and cope with a wide variety of backgrounds, home situations (including homelessness), and many who lack even the very basic necessities (such as power and running water). Though these students face countless adversities, they strive for normalcy in their school day and peer relationships. These students work incredibly hard to surpass the challenges and hardships they've been dealt.

It is important to remember that the emotional needs of students must be met in order for students to be productive learners and succeed academically.

I’m immensely proud of the students at my school. They are genuine, so kind, and respectful. They are hardworking, motivated, and have goals and future plans.

Nearly a third of our students have special education needs and over 50% of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Mental health needs of our students exceed 50%.

We are a very small school and our resources are extremely limited. In fact, I do not have a guidance budget allotment.

My Project

By creating an inviting and calming atmosphere with comfortable teen-style seating and a variety of de-stress and anxiety reducing manipulatives, students will be able to learn and practice coping techniques to reduce anxiety, stress, fear, and anger, as well as regulate other emotional and physical symptoms. Specially, the variety of seating options, including dorm-like chairs and a beanbag will allow students to relax in comfy seating while decompressing with fidgets, reading, or music. The bench-table set with color-calming lamp will allow students a space to work on schoolwork, sand therapy, coloring sheets, or other manipulatives.

Providing a soothing space stocked with coping techniques will allow students to regulate emotions and return to class ready to focus and succeed.

This project is a big need for our school and has been discussed for quite a while though funding has never been established or prioritized. With your help, this space will enable us to meet students' emotional needs while teaching & providing coping skills in a safe and comforting environment so that students will return to class encouraged, productive, and refocused.

Mrs. Covington
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Zinus Farmhouse Dining Table with Two Benches/3 piece set • Amazon Business $199.99 1 $199.99
Urban Shop Butterfly Chair, Adult, Grey • Amazon Business $50.57 2 $101.14
Ottomanson Ultimate Shaggy Collection Moroccan Trellis Design Shag Rug Contemporary Bedroom and Living room Soft Shag Rugs, Grey, 6'7" L x 9'3" W • Amazon Business $92.26 1 $92.26
Convenience Concepts Oxford 3-Tier Bookcase, White • Amazon Business $62.61 1 $62.61
Sofa Sack-Bean BagsBean Bag Chair, 3', Charcoal • Amazon Business $60.00 1 $60.00
Convenience Concepts Oxford End Table, White • Amazon Business $50.98 1 $50.98
OrgaNice Hourglass Sand Timer - 30 Minute & 5 Minute Timer Set - Improve Productivity & Achieve Goals - Stay Focused & Be More Efficient - Time Management Tool - [Gift-Ready Packaging] • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Deluxe Wooden Zen Sand Garden with 2 Types of Rocks, Sand, and Rake • Amazon Business $22.95 1 $22.95
Etekcity LED Desk Lamp with Flexible Gooseneck Adjustable Brightness Level Night Light, 1000mAh Rechargeable Eye-caring Colorful Table Light with USB Port Touch Control (256 Base Color) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Mini Zen Garden Sand Stamps, Set of 8, for Relaxation and Meditation • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Clip Connect 100 Pieces | Diameter of 1.5 Inches | Interlocking Solid Plastic Building Blocks Discs Set STEM Educational Toy for Preschool Kids Boys and Girls | Safe Material for Kids • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
G-WACK Stress Relief Desk Toys, SPOLEY Desk Sculpture Decor Fidget Toy for Anxiety, Autism, Boredom and Intelligence Development ( 171+50 Balls with Base ) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
KeNeer 7Pack Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys - Relieve Stress, and Increase Patience - Build Resistance Squeeze, Pull - Good for kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Creative Coloring Inspirations: Art Activity Pages to Relax and Enjoy! (Design Originals) 30 Motivating & Creative Art Activities on High-Quality, Extra-Thick Perforated Pages that Won't Bleed Through • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46

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