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Ms. Sykes from Chicago IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pen 2 Paper Writing Initiative

Help me give my students the most positive writing experience! Each requested item promotes ownership of one's thoughts and actions.

  • $204 goal

This project expired on November 21, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Like many urban youth, Pen 2 Paper participants have experienced various trauma.

Each has a common story of drowning underneath circumstances that they did not create. Various stressors – ranging from internal (broken family structure) to external (community violence) can wreak havoc on a student’s academic performance and manifest in destructive behavior. Pen 2 Paper will address these unresolved social issues.

Pen 2 Pad is an afterschool writing program (4-8 grades) which focuses on the therapeutic value of expressive writing. The immediate impact of expressive writing is usually a short-term increase in distress, negative mood and physical symptoms, and a decrease in positive mood compared with controls.

My Project

Each student will receive a journal and "writer's pen". These utensils will be dedicated for their expressive writing activities. They will become the instruments in which students are freed from the bondage of trauma and dismay. Students will be given writing prompts that promote detailed exploration. This exploration will serve as a release of pain, stress, and heartache. Confronting a trauma through talking or writing about it and acknowledging the associated emotions is thought to reduce the physiological work of inhibition, gradually lowering the overall stress on the body. Students will also participate in various brainstorming activities which are best suited for the dry erase boards.

Ms. Sykes
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 15 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
XIDUOBAO A5 Size PU Leather Colorful Writing Journal Diary Notebook Daily Notepad Cute Travel Journal to Write in with Lined Paper (Set of 8, Random Color) • Amazon Business $39.69 1 $39.69
ARTEZA Dry Erase Markers, Bulk Pack of 52 (with Chisel Tip), 4 Assorted Colors with Low-Odor Ink, Whiteboard Pens is Perfect for School, Office, or Home • Amazon Business $29.90 1 $29.90
50 Chisel Tip Highlighters Markers Bulk Assorted Colors, Tank and Pen Type Combo, Bonus Sticky Index Tabs, 5 Vivid Fluorescent Colors for Office, School, Home, Students, Teachers, Bible Study • Amazon Business $18.25 1 $18.25
Dry Erase Boards [12pc Double Sided] Lapboards with ClearWipe Coating! Small White Boards - 9" x 12" Mini White Boards for Students, Classroom Teacher Supplies • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
BIC Gel-ocity Original Retractable Gel Pen, Medium Point (0.7 mm), Blue, 12-Count • Amazon Business $7.48 2 $14.96
Gel Pens Colored - Gel Pen for Kids - Coloring Gel Pens for Adult Coloring Books, 24 Color Drawing Pens with Extra 24 Refills for Office Art Suppliers • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
AmazonBasics Wide Ruled Composition Notebook, 100 Sheet, Assorted Marble Colors, 4-Pack • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

Materials cost

$140.72

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.11

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$172.83

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$30.50

Total project goal

$203.33

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$203.33

3 Donors

-$203.33

Donations toward project cost

-$172.83

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.50

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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