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Mrs. Common from Canton OH is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pencils for a Purpose, Please!

My students need pencils so they can show what they know.

  • $155 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My third graders walk through our door everyday to see a poster that says, "In this classroom we don't do easy." They understand our classroom environment is one that focuses on having a growth mindset. If someone says they can't do something, we respond with, "You can't do it YET."

I teach at a Title I school in Canton, Ohio where nearly 70 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch.

Many of my students receive food on the weekends and our school also runs a food pantry for our families.

Despite having the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged students in our entire district, our school continues to outperform others on daily work and state tests. We believe in our students and know what they are capable of. We hold them to high expectations and they continue to succeed.

My Project

Many of my students come to school without basic supplies, such as pencils. My students know we are always low on pencils, so they try to save them as much as possible, sometimes by writing with a teeny-tiny pencil. I want my students focused on learning, not pencils.

With your help with the basic stuff, we can handle the hard stuff!

Teachers in our school continue to spend their own money on basic supplies. I would love to be able to purchase exciting lesson plan materials and projects, instead.

Our wonderful ideas are endless; We just need pencils to put our ideas into action.

Mrs. Common
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Staples Pre-Sharpened Wood Pencils, No. 2, 48/Pk • Staples Advantage $2.86 35 $100.10

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