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Ms. Chiok from Concord CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

No More Slippery Pencils!

My students need jumbo, triangular pencils and a heavy duty pencil sharpener.

  • $171 goal

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I am so lucky to teach a classroom of bright, vibrant, happy kindergartners. My students rush at me the second I swing open the door to welcome them for another fun day of learning, which makes it tricky to shake their hands. Our school serves a low-income community where 98% of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch assistance, and walking to school can be a scary ordeal given our inner-city setting. To make sure the kids have at least one place where they can feel safe, I spent my summer cleaning out, painting, and organizing the classroom. Their classroom now sports a cheerful pastoral mural and is welcoming and cheerful. In fact, many of my former students keep sneaking in! We just finished learning the alphabet and my students are really looking forward to begin writing! They have so many stories they want to write down. Kind donors generously provided a classroom set of journals for the students to begin their careers as excited learners and authors. Unfortunately, many of my students have not yet developed the hand strength necessary to grip a normal #2 pencil. So they have been staring longingly at the journals for weeks while growing frustrated with their unsuccessful attempts at holding a pencil. I can’t allow their first efforts at writing to end so sadly, or their excitement for school will dim. Due to California’s dire economic state, maintaining a high quality education without proper resources is even trickier than normal. How can my little kindergarteners learn to write without basic resources such as pencils? Please help my little ones! They have been waiting to write down all their stories, the new words they learn each day, and to draw as all children should. Your help will be so greatly appreciated by them, and by me. Thank you for your consideration.

Ms. Chiok
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HU36 - All-Size Electric Pencil Sharpener • Lakeshore Learning $54.95 1 $54.95
MN10 - Easy-Grip Triangular Pencils • Lakeshore Learning $5.50 10 $55.00

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