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Mrs. Hill from Germantown MD is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pillows + Peace = Academic Power!

My students need cozy pillows and a warm, peaceful environment to learn and explore.

  • $578 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I absolutely can't wait to meet and learn so much with my new students! The new school year begins in just a few days and my greatest wish for my new friends is that they experience the peace and stability so essential to academic growth. My students are a diverse bunch of 7 and 8 year olds, many of whom are English Language Learners (ELL's).

In our classroom, we will develop leadership skills, share ideas, and put first things first.

Getting smarter and being kind really matter and our classroom will be a safe space to be who we truly are. We will emphasize taking academic risks and prove we can accomplish more by working together.

My Project

According to a survey done by the Center for Child and Adolescent Health (2011/12), nearly 35 million children in the United States have experienced at least one event that could lead to childhood trauma. With approximately 70 million children in the US, that means 1 out of 2 students in the US has suffered an adverse childhood experience.

As students walk into my classroom, I am preparing for a group of diverse learners with a range of academic and socio-emotional needs.

For many of them, our classroom will be a safe haven, providing stability and routine in their daily lives. Funding this project means my students will have an opportunity to gain positive coping strategies, social skills, and leadership training. These life skills set the stage for a peaceful, positive, and restorative environment, allowing all friends to learn and thrive.

With the supplies outlined in my project, my goal is to make students feel safe, welcome, and happy. We'll use pillows to read comfortably. We'll mitigate harsh florescent lighting with light covers and string lighting. As we work, we'll use aromatherapy to activate positive emotions and sensory tools to alleviate negative ones. During weekly class meetings, we'll use mindfulness training to help us become better friends and students. Pillows + Peace = Academic Power!

Mrs. Hill
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 17 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
IZO Home Goods Indoor/Outdoor Pillows - 32 Inch Diameter Round Decorative Floor Pillow Insert Throw Pillows Sham Stuffer • Amazon Business $29.99 4 $119.96
Educational Insights Fluorescent Light Filters (Tranquil Blue), Set of 4 • Amazon Business $23.56 3 $70.68
String Lights, Lampat 25Ft G40 Globe String Lights with Bulbs-UL Listd for Indoor/Outdoor Commercial Decor • Amazon Business $15.99 3 $47.97
Mindfulness Matters: The game that uses mindfulness skills to improve coping in everyday life • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Kinetic Sand The One Only Sandcastle Set 1lb Sand, Molds Tools (Colors Vary) • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $14.32 1 $14.32
InnoGear 2nd Version Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Diffusers Cool Mist Humidifier with 7 Colors LED Lights and Waterless Auto Shut-off for Home Office Bedroom Room • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Stress Balls Puffer Stress Relief Toys Value Assortment Bulk 1 Dozen Stress Relax Toy Balls, Squeeze Ball Puffer Ball Assortment Most Popular Selection of Hand Exercise Balls & Therapy Balls • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Navy Blue Round Mandala Floor Pillow Throw Living Room Decor Boho Decor Hippie Round Seating Pouf Cover Mandala Floor Pillows Cushion With Pom Pom • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Faswin Mosquito Bed Net | Large Screen Netting Bed Canopy Circular Curtain | Keeps Away Insects & Flies | Home & Travel • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Lavender Purple Large 32" Round Pillow Cover Decorative Mandala Pillow Sham Indian Bohemian Poufs Cover Pom Pom Pillow Cases • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
32" Cotton Round Floor Pillow Cover Red Indian Mandala Pillow Cover Cushion Cover Ottoman Pouf Cover • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Blue 32" Mandala Barmeri Large Floor Pillow Cover Cushion Meditation Seating Ottoman Throw Cover Hippie Decorative With Back Side Zipper Bohemian Pouf Cover • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
Lagunamoon Essential Oils Top 6 Gift Set Pure Essential Oils for Diffuser, Humidifier, Massage, Aromatherapy, Skin & Hair Care • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Leader in Me: How Schools Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98

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