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Ms. Cutruzzula from Pittsburgh PA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Play Smart Not Hard!

Help me give my students new materials in our dramatic play area to increase their cognitive skills.

  • $341 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, I know that my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences. My students are creative, clever and very spontaneous.

They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention.

Many of them are being raised in single-parent households and receive free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. This may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical." From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom, I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives; however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hoping to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.

My Project

These materials will make a difference in my students' learning by increasing their dramatic play skills. As a preschool teacher I know that children learn through play. It is important to have materials available that children can use to interpret how the world around them works. Dramatic play falls under the cognitive domain in preschool.

Children in preschool may look like they are just playing but they are gaining skills such as cooperative skills and language skills.

Dramatic play allows my students to practice what they see in the world around them such as going to a restaurant or taking care of a baby. If children are "playing" restaurant they may be reading a menu with pictures, taking an order on a piece of paper or learning to be chef in the kitchen.

Ms. Cutruzzula
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Melissa & Doug Wooden Chef’s Pretend Play Toy Kitchen With “Ice” Cube Dispenser, Easy to Assemble, Charcoal, 39" H x 15.5" W x 43.25" L • Amazon Business $129.99 1 $129.99
Wood Eats! Pop-Up Toaster Playset with Butter, Jam, and Coffee Cup (10pcs.) by Imagination Generation • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Melissa & Doug Wooden Make-a-Cake Mixer Set (Kitchen Toy, Numbered Turning Dials, Encourages Creative Thinking, 11-Piece Set, 13.5″ H × 10″ W × 5″ L) • Amazon Business $24.97 1 $24.97
HABA Biofino Soft Petit Fours Set of 9 Plush Desserts - Perfect for Pretend Tea Parties • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
HABA Biofino Sushi Soft Play Food 10 Piece Set with Serving Board and Chopsticks • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Melissa & Doug Felt Play Food Sandwich Set (Pretend Play, Easy to Clean, Includes Play Ideas, 33 Durable Pieces) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
HABA Biofino Hamburger and French Fries • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
KIDS TOYLAND Play Kitchen Set Wood Coffee Maker Playset-Enjoy Coffee Time Pretend Play • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

Materials cost

$255.90

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.84

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$289.74

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$51.13

Total project goal

$340.87

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$340.87

7 Donors

-$168.23

Donations toward project cost

-$146.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$21.48

match offer

-$168.22

Match offer toward project cost

-$142.99

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$25.23

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.42

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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