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Mrs. Pieroni from De Soto IL is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Old Office to Safe Space

Help me give my students the sensory stimulation they seek (Sensory Moon Floor Lamp), seating they need to combat ADHD and increase focus (Wobble Stool), and/or a place to relax and escape (Bookcase with Reading Nook).

  • $599 goal

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My Students

I know everyone thinks their students are the best...but mine really are. They are the reason I am embarking on this adventure with Donors Choose; I want to give them the best supplies a school counselor can offer to a rural, Southern Illinois school. My kiddos range from Pre-K to 8th grade, with skills and abilities as vast as their age ranges. My students come from all sorts of backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses; they are all different, unique, and incredibly special. They have different likes and dislikes, different wants and needs. I service the entire student population, whether they identify as a book worm, jock, nerd, or a child with an IEP. Therapy does not discriminate; thus, the space I utilize to service such a population should not either. I would love to create a space that is supportive, inviting, and conducive to social emotional learning. If their friends are stressing them out, I want them to have a place to retreat. If the world is too stimulating, I want them to have a space where they can center themselves before returning to class (I.e. get . Please help me achieve this goal (for them and their future success)!

My Project

Like any first-year teacher, I am inheriting the supplies of my predecessors. While I am *incredibly* grateful for everything I have at my discretion, many of the supplies are out-of-date and/or not relevant to today’s student. The supplies also need to address the vast array of needs my students have, which range from pre-K to eighth grade. Since my office is off-limits to no one, I feel it needs to be as multi-faceted as its visitors. My hope for the space is for it to eventually become a one-stop emotional shop, catering to students seeking serenity from sensory overload (Wobble Stool), stimulation (SensoryMoon Floor Lamp), or a calm-down corner (Adjustable LED Lights). I would love to turn the space into an area kids gravitate towards, not based on the manipulatives or tangibles, but because of the feng shui of the room. Right now, it mostly looks like an office with some kid-friendly items thrown in haphazardly. I would like to replace the “office-type” items (i.e. standard shelf for books / storage) with something more age-appropriate for the population I serve (i.e. Bookcase w/ Reading Nook / Colorful Rolling Storage Trolley). My experience has been that children are more apt to open up when they feel like the adults in their lives understand them; I want the office where I work with them to send that message. It needs to say “We’re on the same level,” in addition to catering to the needs of the modern-day student. I know it will take some time and a lot of effort, but once converted, I am confident it will meet the social-emotional needs of my current and future students!

Mrs. Pieroni
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SensoryMoon 3.9 ft Bubble Tube Floor Lamp w 10 Fish, 20 Color Remote and Tall Water Tower Tank is Best LED Aqua Night Light for Kids Bedroom, Autism or Fake Aquarium Column Stand for Living Room Decor • Amazon Business $124.95 1 $124.95
Bookcase with Reading Nook - Natural • Amazon Business $108.44 1 $108.44
Darice 2026-105 Rolling Storage Trolley with 15-Tier • Amazon Business $86.69 1 $86.69
Active Wobble Stools for Kids - Focus Chairs with Posture Correction for Students with ADD ADHD Autism - Safe Non-Slip Rubber Bottom and Padded Top for Flexible Seating Classroom Furniture (Blue/17) • Amazon Business $53.99 1 $53.99
Delta Children Deluxe 9-Bin Toy Storage Organizer, Natural/Primary • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Wall Pops Peel & Stick Calypso Blue Dry-Erase Dot Decals with Marker (Set of 6) • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
NSEN Led String Lights, Colored Globe String Lights, 44Ft 100 LED, 8 Lighting Modes, Starry String Lights for Christmas Indoor Bedroom Outdoor Garden Patio Holiday Decoration (Plug) • Amazon Business $20.87 1 $20.87
ATLIN Ceiling Hooks (100 Pack) - Drop Ceiling Clips Great for Wedding Decorations and Classroom Decorations - T-Bar Clip fits Drop Ceilings, Suspended Ceilings, Tile Ceiling, and Grid Ceiling • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95

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