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Mrs. Minter from Chicago IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Not Your Traditional Learning Environment!

Help me give my students items that will make their learning environment inviting.

  • $453 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Every class session is an opportunity for learning, whether it's teacher or peer led. My students are focused and ready to learn and know to ask me what the objective for learning that day is. From there, we take a textual journey of awareness, analysis, and enjoyment.

I have some of the best students in Chicago!

They want to learn and are up for any challenge I present to them. We are in the heart of a Chicago neighborhood where two dynamics exist, affluence and poverty, and they reside a few blocks from each other. I teach three 8th grade classes, a gifted class and two regular education classed. I don't like the labels that have stuck with the classes since enrollment and I challenge every student with the same high standards. I modify my curriculum either up or down but it is my goal to use the same text so that everyone I teach will be ready for high school literature classes when they leave me.

My Project

This summer I visiting a company that was inviting as soon as you walked through door. There were blackboards throughout that allowed you to say what you were thinking or what the company should be talking about and ways to do mental health checks without embarrassment.

I left there feeling like my students would be better humans if they could learn in an environment similar to the one I visited!

8th grade can be a confusing time for burgeoning teens where there is a lot of change. Providing a space for students to feel comfortable in expressing what and how they feel could go a long way invigorating the academic and creative flow for every student.

Mrs. Minter
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Officemate MagnetPlus Magnetic Letter Size File Pocket, White (92543) • Amazon Business $12.74 5 $63.70
AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Home Office Shredder • Amazon Business $51.99 1 $51.99
XL Black Chalkboard Contact Paper - 8 FEET (17.7"W x 96"L) Extra Large Chalk Board Paper Roll Peel & Stick - Removable Self Adhesive Wallpaper Blackboard Wall Decal Sticker - Free Chalk Pen & Eraser • Amazon Business $11.99 4 $47.96
EX-25 Automatic Heavy Duty Electric Stapler - Includes Staples, Power Cable and Extended Warranty by EcoElectronix - Jam-Free 25 Sheet Full-Strip Staple Capacity, for Professional and Home Office Use • Amazon Business $39.73 1 $39.73
Trideer Exercise Ball (45-85cm) Extra Thick Yoga Ball Chair, Anti-Burst Heavy Duty Stability Ball Supports 2200lbs, Birthing Ball with Quick Pump (Office & Home & Gym) • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
100% Natural Chalkboard Cleaner Spray and Eraser Kit - Remove Liquid Chalk Marker Ink on Chalk Board, Whiteboard, Dry Erase Marker Board, and Blackboard • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Bostitch QuietSharp 6 Heavy Duty Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, 6-Holes, Blue (EPS10HC) • Amazon Business $27.52 1 $27.52
Workablez Magnetic Pencil Holder - 3 Generous Compartments Magnetic Storage Basket Organizer - Extra Strong Magnets - Perfect Mesh Pen Holder to Hold Whiteboard, Locker Accessories • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
Chalk Markers |12 Assorted Liquid Chalk Markers Reversible Neon, Metallic Colors | 40 Labels | Chalkboard Safe Dustless Wet Erase Fine Paint Pens, Blackboard, Windows, Restaurant Menu Board & Kids Art • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Professional Artist Quality Fine Tip Chalk Markers - Set of 12 Color Liquid Pens Dry Erase + BONUS 24 Chalkboard Stickers • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Metallic Chalk Markers - Pack of 10 Liquid Chalk Pens - For Chalkboard, Blackboard, Cafe Menu, Business, Window - Wet Wipe Erasable - 6mm Reversible bullet & chisel Tip • Amazon Business $9.87 1 $9.87

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