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Mrs. Levin from Paradise CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Paradise Strong: Building Our Math & Fine Motor Skills

Help me give my students math and fine motor materials. We lost everything in the fire, and the Legos, Magnatiles, and math manipulatives will help students to continue valuable math skills.

  • $1,674 goal

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My Students

My students are such sweet, caring, and resilient kindergartners. Our school is located in Paradise, California. We are all survivors of the horrific Camp Fire that destroyed our entire school.

21 of my 23 students have lost their homes.

Everyone is scattered in different towns because housing is extremely limited. Despite everything, our district has found a temporary school for us to use in Oroville, a small town about 30 minutes away from Chico.

We were able to begin school again, and be together! It was so wonderful seeing each other, and starting our long road to healing from this tragedy. My students just need to be carefree and happy again. They have seen more trauma and sadness in the last two months, than anyone should have to see in a lifetime.

My Project

We started our day on November 8, 2018 like any other day in our kindergarten classroom. We sat on our carpet together, sang a few songs, and smiled at each other. A few minutes into our day, and I was texting my students' families to pick up their precious children. We were being evacuated, as a fire was roaring into our little town of Paradise. About an hour later, all of my students had safely left our school. The sky was incredibly dark outside, even though it was only 9:30 am. When I closed my classroom door, I had no idea that it would be the last time I would ever see my beloved room again. I grabbed an older student whose mom could not make it to our school, and we headed away from Paradise, as the Camp Fire destroyed our entire town.

My classroom, and my entire school was completely burned to the ground from the devastating Camp Fire.

I have been building up my classroom books, supplies, and materials for the last 22 years to provide a rich, engaging, and welcoming classroom for my kindergarten students. Everything is now gone, except for the happy memories.

Please help me provide opportunities for my students to heal from this tragedy. They need to get back to basic math skills in our classroom. The Legos, Magnatiles, marble track, dominoes, and all of the math manipulatives will allow my students the opportunity to count, sort, graph, and problem-solve again. Kindergartners also need to build their fine motor skills, and all of these materials will help develop their small muscles, while incorporating math standards. With your generous help, we will rise up from the ashes, and begin to build a new classroom; a place where we can begin to heal. Thank you!

Mrs. Levin
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 23 students.

9 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magna-Tiles 100-Piece Clear Colors Set – The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Tiles – Creativity and Educational – STEM Approved • Amazon Business $119.99 2 $239.98
LM980X - Lakeshore Math Counters Library 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $145.00 1 $145.00
LC1665X - Lakeshore Math Counters Library 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $145.00 1 $145.00
Creative LEGO Brick Set • LEGO Education $62.95 2 $125.90
Magna-Qubix 29-Piece Clear Colors Set – The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic 3D Building Shapes – Creativity and Educational – STEM Approved • Amazon Business $29.98 2 $59.96
LEGO Education Doors, Windows, and Roof Tiles Set • Amazon Business $51.95 1 $51.95
LEGO Education Wheels Set • Amazon Business $51.95 1 $51.95
DWS 20 Mini Toy Figure Toys Set for Christmas Stocking Stuffers, X-mas Gifts for Kids, Assortment of Boys and Girls Figurines for Birthday Party Favors • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
LC587 - Translucent Bugs • Lakeshore Learning Materials $11.99 3 $35.97
LC586 - Translucent Gems • Lakeshore Learning Materials $11.99 3 $35.97
Magnetic Stick N Stack Shape Mags 30 Piece Round Set 6X6 Domes 3X3 Domes Arches Tunnels & Rounded Windows with Super Strong Magnets Clear Color Compatible with All Brands • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Marble Run Track Toy Set – Translucent Marble Maze Race Game Set By Marble Galaxy – Fun Educational STEM Building Construction Toys For Kids - 90 Sturdy Colorful Marbulous Pcs & Glass Marbles • Amazon Business $31.84 1 $31.84
EMIDO Building Blocks Kids Educational Toys STEM Toys Building Discs Sets Interlocking Solid Plastic for Preschool Kids Boys and Girls, Safe Material for Kids - 120 pieces with Storage Bag • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Fat Brain Toys 30 pc Mini Squigz - Mini Squigz 30 Piece Set • Amazon Business $9.95 3 $29.85
RA802 - Dominoes • Lakeshore Learning Materials $27.99 1 $27.99
Classic Baseplates | 100% Compatible with All Major Building Brick Brands | Stackable Bases | 12 Tight Fit Base Plates in Rainbow Colors 6" x 6" • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
AC226 - Number-Bots • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
Learning Resources 10-Row Rekenrek Counting Frame • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set | A Creative and Educational Alternative to Building Blocks | Tested for Children's Safety | A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
YB10RG - Lakeshore Storage Box - Orange • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 3 $14.97
YB10YE - Lakeshore Storage Box - Yellow • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 3 $14.97
YB10RD - Lakeshore Storage Box - Red • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 3 $14.97
YB10GR - Lakeshore Storage Box - Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 3 $14.97
YB10BU - Lakeshore Storage Box - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 3 $14.97
YB10PU - Lakeshore Storage Box - Purple • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 3 $14.97

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