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Mrs. Catino from Arlington VA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Our Seniors Are Going Places So You Better Make Room

My students need an event to help celebrate their accomplishments as they move on to their post-secondary plans.

  • $250 goal

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My Students

Hi! As the College and Career Counselor for my whole high school, I work with all students grades 9-12, in total just about 2400 students. We have a very diverse population and our diversity and respect for one another is something our students take pride in. Our students work hard, challenge themselves academically, volunteer to better our school and community, and hold jobs; all while being typical high school students.

Everything I do to support my students is to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to become productive and responsible citizens in our world.

My Project

Every student who commits to going to and completing college deserves to be celebrated like a celebrity or star athlete. This is the goal of the BetterMakeRoom Campaign. At my school, we have a unique group of students who go off to community college, university, certification programs, the Military, take a gap year enter the workforce post-graduation. We want our College Signing Day event to celebrate all of our students and their plans for the future. It will give educators and families the opportunity to congratulate and encourage our seniors as they head toward their future. We will recognize all of our students and their post-secondary plans understanding that while college is encouraged, it may not be the best choice for a student at that time.

We want this to be the first annual BetterMakeRoom event and give our students the chance to share their stories with one another, support each other in the future endeavors, and inspire each other to reach higher.

The items I am requesting include: popcorn boxes, signs, decorations, a photo backdrop, tablecloth, markers, and post-it notes. These items will help create a movie premiere type of event for our seniors where we get to celebrate their post-secondary plans. We will transform our conference room into a movie premiere where students will write their plan on a star-shaped post-it, take photos with each other in the photo booth, and snack on popcorn.

Mrs. Catino
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 500 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Set of 100 Popcorn Favor Boxes - Carnival Parties Mini Paper Popcorn and Candy Containers, Party Supplies for Movie Nights, Birthday, Baby Shower, Classic Red and White Stripes - 3 x 3.9 x 3 Inches • Amazon Business $15.99 5 $79.95
FUERMOR Photo Background 5X7ft Red Carpet Photography Backdrop For Wedding Party Props A071 • Amazon Business $18.39 1 $18.39
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3" x 3", Yellow, Star-Shaped, Each (7350-SS-STR) • Staples Advantage $4.29 4 $17.16
KUNGYO Congratulations Decorations kit-Congratulations Black Banner Shimmering Gold Letters ,9 Pcs Tissue Paper Pom Poms Flower Garland for Birthday,Retirement,Anniversary,Graduation Party • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
36 Ct Glitter Graduation Photo Booth Props - Party Supplies Decorations - Mortarboards Diplomas Ornaments • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
Movie Theme Two-Sided Deco Kit • Staples Advantage $6.29 2 $12.58
GOER 3.2 ft x 9.8 ft Metallic Tinsel Foil Fringe Curtains for Party Photo Backdrop Wedding Decor (Gold,1 pack) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Pack of 4: Large WHITE Plastic Rectangle Party Tablecloth 54 x 108 Inches • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers, Assorted, 12/pk (30072) • Staples Advantage $6.55 1 $6.55
Hollywood Clapboard Deco Trim • Staples Advantage $3.69 1 $3.69

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