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Mrs. Minderhoud from Paradise CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Paradise Middle School Students Rebuilding

Help me give my students brand new games and supplies so they can get back to being engaged learners that can move on and persevere from the fire in Paradise.

  • $2,351 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students with special needs would like fidgets, games, comfortable furniture, and sensory items to help deal with so much loss. I am an Education Specialist (special education teacher) at a middle school. Well, right now, I am traveling up the hill, through our town that is no longer, to get to a school above this town because there isn’t a special education teacher at all that can go up there.

Before the fire, I worked together to help kids with special needs succeed in their general education classrooms by teaching them games to help build their working memory.

We had board games, dice, cards, fun math fidgets, sensory items, legos, blocks, and many brain puzzles for them to hold in their hands. Our kids have very high Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs as it is, before the fire. Often they were unable to access academics. These “toys” were great because they helped us get to the bottom of the student’s issue for that day as they could sit and play with a fidget first, talk to us, and then get to work if they could.

My Project

Please help my students, colleagues, and I rebuild our supplies. As the world knows, our beautiful town of Paradise and many of our schools were destroyed by fire. Most of our 6th grade team lost their classrooms, and our 7th and 8th grade classrooms and supplies are not available to us for the foreseeable future.

Board games that help engage learning, shiny, new supplies, and math manipulatives will help my students with special needs, greatly!

Thank you so much for donating to our students. We have had such an out pouring of love and donations that we all continue to be flabbergasted with all the kindness. We continue to tell our students that the whole world is helping them. This is a fact. Thank you, donors. You are truly teaching the students about kindness and generosity.

Mrs. Minderhoud
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100-Piece Set • Nasco $126.95 1 $126.95
Staples Clear Latch Tote, 5 Gallons (51713-CC) • Staples Advantage $19.89 5 $99.45
Foot Rocker Foot Rest • Nasco $45.95 2 $91.90
Classroom Laminator • Nasco $89.95 1 $89.95
Prismacolor Premier Verithin Colored Pencils, 24 Pack • Staples Advantage $20.89 4 $83.56
Gymnic Arte Plus Ball 22" • AKJ Education $18.99 4 $75.96
Geometric Shapes Building Set • Nasco $37.95 2 $75.90
Dry Erase Board 12/pk 9.5 X 12 • Teachers' School Supply $35.83 2 $71.66
Expo Low Odor Dry Erase Markers - 16 Color Set • Teachers' School Supply $35.79 2 $71.58
Weighted Tactile Beanbags-Set of 5 • AKJ Education $22.99 3 $68.97
Electric School Pencil Sharpener Pro Blue-gray • Teachers' School Supply $64.53 1 $64.53
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24/pk (75847) • Staples Advantage $22.49 2 $44.98
Sharpie Fine-Point Markers - Black - Canister of 36 • Nasco $43.25 1 $43.25
Scotch Magic Tape - 6 Pack • Teachers' School Supply $21.38 2 $42.76
Pacon Notched Building Sticks - Box of 1000 • Nasco $21.25 2 $42.50
Swingline 747 Metal Desktop Stapler, Antimicrobial, 25 Sheet Capacity, Black (74741) • Staples Advantage $19.39 2 $38.78
Dixon Ticonderoga Woodcase Pencils, #2 Soft, Yellow Barrel, 72/Pack • Staples Advantage $17.49 2 $34.98
ChessCheckersBackgammon • Nasco $8.40 4 $33.60
Big Boggle • AKJ Education $15.29 2 $30.58
Post-it Notes, 3" x 3" Cape Town Collection, 100 Sheets/Pad, 18 Pads/Cabinet Pack (654-18CTCP) • Staples Advantage $29.99 1 $29.99
Double Shutter • AKJ Education $14.59 2 $29.18
Social Skills Board Games, 6 • AKJ Education $26.97 1 $26.97
Single Roll Tape Dispenser • Teachers' School Supply $8.76 3 $26.28
3D Geometric Shapes • AKJ Education $11.64 2 $23.28
GS534 - Parts of Speech Bingo • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 2 $21.98
Magnetic Write-on Wipe-off Die Red • Teachers' School Supply $20.99 1 $20.99
Fraction Tiles with Tray • AKJ Education $10.21 2 $20.42
Chickyboom Game • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
Scattergories Categories Game • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Tile Lock Scrabble • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Sharpie Permanent Marker, Fine Point, Assorted, Dozen (30075PP) • Staples Advantage $7.52 2 $15.04
Knot So Fast Game • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Uno Card Game • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Pay Day Board Game • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Learning Resources - Conversation Cubes • Teachers' School Supply $12.99 1 $12.99
Staples Metrix Mechanical Pencils 0.5mm Blue 3pk (50801) • Staples Advantage $12.79 1 $12.79
Staples Metrix Mechanical Pencils 0.7mm Black 3pk (50800) • Staples Advantage $12.79 1 $12.79
Suspend Family Game • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Quizmo Numbers • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Post-it 'Sign Here' Message Flags, .47" Wide, Assorted Colors, 120 Flags/Pack (684-SH) • Staples Advantage $5.99 2 $11.98
Amaze • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Sharpie Chisel Tip Permanent Markers, Assorted, 8/pk (38250PP) • Staples Advantage $5.64 2 $11.28
GS536 - Prefixes & Suffixes Bingo • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 1 $10.99
GS532 - Homophones Bingo • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 1 $10.99
GS531 - Synonyms Bingo • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 1 $10.99
Spot It! Tin in a Box • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Staples Metrix Mechanical Pencils 0.7mm Assorted 3pk (50799) • Staples Advantage $2.97 3 $8.91
Scattergories The Card Games • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Rory's Story Cubes • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29

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