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Ms. Rockswold from Providence RI is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

People Colors

Help me give my students crayons and colored pencils that reflect the diversity of our classroom (and our world).

  • $318 goal

This project expired on March 27, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am a first year teacher in Rhode Island. Our elementary school is the largest urban elementary school in New England with almost 1,000 K - 5th graders. Over ninety percent of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Many are recent immigrants and English Language Learners. All of them are assets to our community and deserve an excellent education.

Next year, I am looping with my students to the fifth grade.

We are excited to build on this year's momentum!

My Project

Next quarter, our classroom will launch a unit on diversity and inclusivity by creating self-portraits. The portraits will give students an opportunity to reflect deeply on various facets of their identity, beliefs and values.

While Crayola renamed their beige-y "flesh" color to "peach" in 1964, it is still widely referred to today as the "skin colored" crayon.

The industry's lack of representation not only fails to account for the wide variety of skin tones that exist in our world, but conflates whiteness with normal.

In order for my students to create portraits they can truly see themselves in, we need access to culturally responsive art materials. This project includes a classroom supply of "People Colors" crayons, colored pencils and paper. It also includes a mentor text, The Colors of Us by Karen Katz.

Thanks to funding from CRUNCH, all donations to this project will be matched x2.

Ms. Rockswold
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 26 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC386 - People Colors® Jumbo Pencils • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 12 $107.88
LC360Z - People Colors® Crayons - Dozen Sets • Lakeshore Learning Materials $82.50 1 $82.50
BK196 - The Colors of Us Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $18.99 1 $18.99
LC383 - People Colors® Craft Paper • Lakeshore Learning Materials $7.99 2 $15.98
LL486 - Hello From Around the World • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 1 $10.99

Materials cost

$236.34

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.55

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$269.89

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$47.63

Total project goal

$317.52

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$317.52

4 Donors

-$154.34

Donations toward project cost

-$138.69

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.65

Matching donations from our partners

-$154.35

Match offers toward project cost

-$131.20

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$23.15

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.82

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$0.00

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