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Mr. Vaughan from East Hartford CT is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Pens for Deployed Soldiers Year 2

Help me give my students slimline pen kits and wood pen blanks to make pens for our soldiers.

  • $442 goal

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My Students

I love teaching Technology and Engineering Education in a diverse and exciting classroom. My students enjoy using math and science skills in practical activities creating things that improve everyday life.

My students look forward to moving on from high school to continue their education in a college or vocational/trade training program, many of them looking toward the military to pay for their college.

My kids love to learn new things and are eager to get their hands dirty with real-life projects. Obtaining funding for our projects is often an issue.

Our students are largely low income and come from an urban environment where there is a significant amount of cultural, ethnic and racial diversity.

I teach students in grades 9-12 at in a diverse and exciting classroom. Students in my class are excited to explore the world of engineering as a possible career field in the future. My students are inventive and creative in solving real-world problems and are hungry to learn new things.

My Project

We want to take part in the Freedom Pen Project and connect to the soldiers and airmen living in our community. We were talking about another school that participates in this and wanted to join in the efforts for a second year.

The Freedom Pen Project sends hand-made pens to service members across the globe.

Our students will make pens to be donated to a National Guard Unit from our home state that has just been sent overseas.

We will make pens with our students after school and send the pens as a care package for the holidays. We want to promote student engagement while giving us a project to connect with our community.

Mr. Vaughan
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Slimline Pen Kit (10-Pack, Mix) • Amazon Business $27.99 8 $223.92
Exotic Wood Pen Blanks 25-Pack: Bloodwood, Mexican Ebony, Jatoba, Hard Maple, Ipe, 5 of Each Wood Type, 5 x 3/4 x 3/4 inches • Amazon Business $27.49 2 $54.98
Legacy Woodturning, Exotic Wood Pen Blank 10 Piece Variety Pack, with Highly Figured Cocobolo, Tigerwood Ebony, Monkeypod, Mango, Teak, Granadillo • Amazon Business $15.49 2 $30.98
Exotic Pen Blanks (5 Piece) Cocobolo, Goncalo Alves, Canarywood, Ipe, Morado • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98

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