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Ms. Tornquist from Worcester MA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

New Year, New Supplies

Help me give my students basic school supplies like pencils, paper, markers, tissues, and snacks!

  • $1,631 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Student voices fill every nook and cranny of our unique open-concept school, bringing excitement and new perspectives each time they enter the classroom.

These 1,500 students, speaking over 50 languages and coming from over 30 countries, bring our learning community to life each day.

80% of our students are "high need" students, meaning they've experienced poverty, interrupted schooling, are English Language Learners, or otherwise have special needs.

Our students are incredibly dynamic, often balancing school and jobs with familial and cultural responsibilities. There is a strong sense of resilience as students use their experiences and identities to propel themselves forward.

My Project

When I imagined my first classroom, I saw floor to ceiling books, art supplies for creative English projects, and limitless supplies of pencils. The reality of teaching 125 students every day is that there are never enough basic supplies. I can only request 500 sheets of paper and a box of 12 pencils per month, which quite frankly we go through weekly. My students had adequate resources in my classroom in 2019 because of donations from friends, family, and myself. As the new year begins, we are running low on supplies.

At our school, supplies may be limited but student creativity and potential shouldn't be.

I want my classroom to be able to support and challenge my students to be their best selves. Students deserve access to basic school supplies like pencils, a pencil sharpener, paper, markers, highlighters, tape, markers, and paper clips. Students also deserve access to fun supplies, like candy for a job well done or buzzers for a class competition game. I also want to be able to continue offering items like tissues, hand sanitizer, snacks, water, band-aids, cough drops, pens, and folders for students who need them.

The donation of these supplies would support hundreds of students throughout the year. As you can see, the cost of offsetting these needs is not cheap. But the value of creating an environment where students can really flourish is priceless.

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Ms. Tornquist
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
TRU RED 8.5" x 11" Printer Paper, 20 lbs., 92 Brightness, 500/Ream, 10 Reams/Carton (TR56958) • Staples Advantage $40.73 2 $81.46
Pacon Corporation Examination Books, 4 Sheets/8 Pages, Wide Ride, Blue Cover, 7"H x 8 1/2"W • Staples Advantage $0.29 250 $72.50
Staples Hanging File Folders, 5-Tab, Letter Size, Green, 50/Box (266262) • Staples Advantage $22.99 3 $68.97
Crayola Kid's Markers, Broad Line, Assorted Colors, 256/Carton (58-8201) • Staples Advantage $68.05 1 $68.05
Kleenex Standard Facial Tissues, 2-Ply, 100 Sheets/Box, 36 Boxes/Pack (21400) • Staples Advantage $57.99 1 $57.99
Dum Dums Lollipops, Assorted, 33.9 Oz., 200/Pack (SPN71) • Staples Advantage $10.49 5 $52.45
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, Cheddar, 1.5 Oz., 72/Carton (13539) • Staples Advantage $47.99 1 $47.99
Staples Electric Pencil Sharpener, Gray/Silver, Each (21835) • Staples Advantage $41.14 1 $41.14
Crayola Colored Pencils Classpack, 240/Box • Staples Advantage $37.86 1 $37.86
Ticonderoga The World's Best Pencil Wooden Pencils, No. 2 Soft Lead, 72/Pack (33904) • Staples Advantage $17.49 2 $34.98
Ticonderoga The World's Best Pencil Wooden Pencils, No. 2 Soft Lead, 72/Pack (33904) • Staples Advantage $17.49 2 $34.98
Sustainable Earth by Staples Easel Pads, 27" x 36", White, 50 Sheets/Pad, 4 Pads/Carton (17639) • Staples Advantage $32.96 1 $32.96
Post-it Notes, 3" x 3" Canary Yellow, 100 Sheets/Pad, 12 Pads/Pack (654-12YW) • Staples Advantage $16.29 2 $32.58
Staples Cardstock Paper, 110 lbs, 8.5" x 11", White, 250/Pack (49701) • Staples Advantage $8.03 4 $32.12
Post-it Notes, 3" x 3" Cape Town Collection, 100 Sheets/Pad, 18 Pads/Cabinet Pack (654-18CTCP) • Staples Advantage $31.49 1 $31.49
TRU RED Side Load Stackable Plastic Letter Tray, Black, 6/Pack (TR55329) • Staples Advantage $28.99 1 $28.99
Quaker Chewy Bars, Variety, 0.84 oz., 60/Box (220-00434) • Staples Advantage $26.99 1 $26.99
Welch's Fruit Snacks .9 Ounce Pouches Mixed Fruit, Pack of 80 (PIM69880) • Staples Advantage $25.99 1 $25.99
Orbit Sugar Free Gum, Variety, 18/Box (220-00568) • Staples Advantage $25.49 1 $25.49
Expo Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Point, Black, 12/Pack (80001) • Staples Advantage $10.92 2 $21.84
Westcott Kleencut Kid's 5" Pointed Scissors • Staples Advantage $2.69 8 $21.52
Staples 3-Pocket Plastic Wall File, Smoke Blue (10681) • Staples Advantage $20.06 1 $20.06
Learning Resources Answer Buzzers, Set of 4 • Staples Advantage $19.72 1 $19.72
True Clear Purified Bottled Water, 16.9 fl. oz. Bottles, 24/Carton (TC54594) • Staples Advantage $9.65 2 $19.30
PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Soothing Gel, Fresh Scent, 1L Pump Bottle (3081-04-CMR) • Staples Advantage $9.42 2 $18.84
Life Savers Wint-O-Green Individually Wrapped Breath Mints, 3 lb. Stand-up Bag (WMW21524) • Staples Advantage $17.79 1 $17.79
Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, Letter Size, 100 Pouches (TP3854-100WM) • Staples Advantage $17.53 1 $17.53
Staples Medium Binder Clips, Medium, Black, 144/Pack (32003) • Staples Advantage $17.29 1 $17.29
Post-it Notes, 4" x 6" Marseille Collection, Lined, 100 Sheets/Pad, 5 Pads/Pack (660-5PK-AST) • Staples Advantage $16.99 1 $16.99
BIC Brite Liner Stick Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted, 24/Pack (BL241AST) • Staples Advantage $7.49 2 $14.98
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Bleach Free Cleaning Wipes - 225 Wipes (30208) • Staples Advantage $14.65 1 $14.65
Post-it Flags Value Pack, .47" Wide, Assorted Colors, 328 Flags/Pack (683-VAD1) • Staples Advantage $14.49 1 $14.49
Post-it Page Markers 1/2" x 2", Assorted Colors, 500 Page Markers/Pack (670-10AB) • Staples Advantage $6.99 2 $13.98
Staples Ruled 3" x 5" Index Cards, White, 500/Pack (51009) • Staples Advantage $6.99 2 $13.98
Staples Pastel Multipurpose Paper, 20 lbs, 8.5" x 11", Lilac, 500/Ream (14782) • Staples Advantage $6.36 2 $12.72
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, 0.24 oz., 30/Pack (E556) • Staples Advantage $12.24 1 $12.24
First Aid Only Assorted Adhesive Bandages, 150/Box (90095) • Staples Advantage $11.89 1 $11.89
Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Body Lotion for Extra Dry Skin, 16 fl. oz. (48322EA) • Staples Advantage $11.49 1 $11.49
Staples Invisible Tape, 3/4" x 1,296", 6/Pack (52380P6) • Staples Advantage $11.49 1 $11.49
Staples Pastel Multipurpose Paper, 20 lbs, 8.5" x 11", Pink, 500/Ream (14779) • Staples Advantage $5.51 2 $11.02
Staples Pastel Multipurpose Paper, 20 lbs, 8.5" x 11", Blue, 500/Ream (14786) • Staples Advantage $5.51 2 $11.02
Staples Pastel Multipurpose Paper, 20 lbs, 8.5" x 11", Green, 500/Ream (14781) • Staples Advantage $5.51 2 $11.02
Staples Pastel Multipurpose Paper, 20 lbs, 8.5" x 11", Canary, 500/Ream (14787) • Staples Advantage $5.50 2 $11.00
Expo Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Point, Assorted, 12/Pack (80699) • Staples Advantage $10.84 1 $10.84
BIC Round Stic Xtra-Life Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black Ink, 60/Pack (GSM609-BLK) • Staples Advantage $5.00 2 $10.00
MindWare Sensory Genius Stress Balls, 3/Pack (MWA13785009) • Staples Advantage $9.99 1 $9.99
Staples Economy Rubber Bands, #33, 1 lb. Bag, 820/Pack (28619-CC) • Staples Advantage $8.49 1 $8.49
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12/Pack (30001) • Staples Advantage $7.92 1 $7.92
Highland Masking Tape, 0.94" x 60 Yards, 3" Core • Staples Advantage $3.69 2 $7.38
BIC Wite-Out Correction Fluid, White, 3/Pack (50603) • Staples Advantage $7.29 1 $7.29
Staples T Pins, 100/Pack (10819-CC) • Staples Advantage $3.39 2 $6.78
Febreze AIR Handheld Aerosols, Gain, 8.8 oz., 2/Pack (97810) • Staples Advantage $5.99 1 $5.99
BIC Round Stic Grip Xtra Comfort Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Purple Ink, Dozen (16736-0) • Staples Advantage $2.99 2 $5.98
Expo Whiteboard Care Cleaner, Blue (1752229) • Staples Advantage $5.94 1 $5.94
Expo Whiteboard Care Dry Erase Wipes, White, 50/Box (81850) • Staples Advantage $5.93 1 $5.93
superSpots Sticker Variety Pack, Colorful Sparkle Smiles, 1,300/Pack • Staples Advantage $5.59 1 $5.59
Staples Hype Tank Highlighters, Chisel, Yellow, Dozen (29203) • Staples Advantage $2.67 2 $5.34
Staples Durable Dry Erase Eraser, Black (13612) • Staples Advantage $0.99 5 $4.95
Ricola Cough & Sore Throat Lozenges, 21/Pack (5302-OWN-SBA) • Staples Advantage $3.75 1 $3.75
Perk Instant Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers, 8 oz. (PK55489) • Staples Advantage $3.69 1 $3.69
Perk Instant Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz. (PK55490) • Staples Advantage $3.49 1 $3.49
Halls Triple Action Cough Drops, Honey Lemon, 30 Pack • Staples Advantage $3.31 1 $3.31
Officemate Push Pins, Clear, 100/Box (92707) • Staples Advantage $3.29 1 $3.29
Halls Triple Action Cough Drops, Cherry, 30 Pack • Staples Advantage $3.29 1 $3.29
Surebonder All Purpose Stik Glue Sticks, 25/Pack (DT-25) • Staples Advantage $2.99 1 $2.99
Staples Claw Staple Remover, Black (23144) • Staples Advantage $0.86 2 $1.72

Materials cost

$1,335.77

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$20.04

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,385.81

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$244.55

Total project goal

$1,630.36

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,630.36

21 Donors

-$810.77

Donations toward project cost

-$696.65

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$114.12

Matching donations from our partners

-$810.78

Match offers toward project cost

-$689.16

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$121.62

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.82

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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