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Ms. Harmon from Portland OR is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Pause Space : Making a Mindfulness Room in our School

My students need a room divider, speakers, rug and more to create a space for practicing mindfulness and taking a break during hectic school days.

  • $632 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is home to the most diverse student body in the state of Oregon. Students from 36 different countries come together to learn, connect and envision the world they want to create. RHS is home to some of the most politically active, socially aware and heartfelt students. They are passionate about engaging in all aspects of the process of their learning, including making sure that school administration includes their voices and perspectives into decisions made about the school.

In our Mindful Studies class, we have created an environment where we learn how to be in community together as we explore the balance between activity, introspection and rest.

In my eyes, they exude many of the inherent qualities needed to be 21st-century leaders. They are grappling with complex ideas around how to engage with oppressive systems and beliefs while standing strong in their worth. Additionally, they are learning the important skill of collaboration and how to create community across difference. With the cultivation of a mindful and positive outlook, I know my students are capable of modeling inherent well being in their families, local communities, and beyond.

My Project

The resources requested are instrumental in creating a physical space for pausing in the midst of hectic school days. The Pause Space is meant to be a quiet zone for students and teachers to access when they most need a moment to breathe and reconnect with the beating of their hearts. The room utilizes gentle sensory stimulating objects like the salt lamp, essential oil diffuser, and chimes. Additionally, it is equipped with books and information for quick mindfulness practices to support students and teachers during a busy day.

The room itself follows a model of equity because, at RHS, we see mindfulness as more than a practice to correct behavior or a way to place the onus on students to "be better." We see these practices as essential to thriving and growing in alignment with community health and well being.

Together we support each other in adopting the habits and practices that support collective well being. Together we model care of our self and care for each other.

Ms. Harmon
Grades 9-12
More than half of 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
Coaster Home Furnishings Oriental Shoji 4 Panel Folding Privacy Screen Room Divider - Black • Amazon Business $68.81 2 $137.62
JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Black) • Amazon Business $79.95 1 $79.95
nuLOOM Contemporary Solid Polypropylene Rug, 5' x 8' • Amazon Business $75.38 1 $75.38
doTERRA Petal Diffuser • Amazon Business $51.87 1 $51.87
Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp Small 7" To 8" • Amazon Business $29.12 1 $29.12
Led Strip Light Waterproof 600leds 32.8ft 10m Waterproof Flexible Color Changing RGB SMD 5050 600leds LED Strip Light Kit with 44 Keys IR Remote Controller and 12V 5A Power Supply • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend - 15 mL • Amazon Business $26.67 1 $26.67
doTERRA Balance Essential Oil Grounding Blend 15 ml • Amazon Business $26.67 1 $26.67
Mindful Reminders Card Deck: 52 Powerful Practices for Teens & Adults • Amazon Business $12.44 1 $12.44
Pema Chödrön's Compassion Cards: Teachings for Awakening the Heart in Everyday Life • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Mindfulness on the Go Cards: 52 Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35

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