You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.


Mr. Elder from Goleta CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Playground Pals: Part 11

My students need tactile balls in a variety of sizes, and a super tube for the development of gross motor skills.

  • $416 goal

This project expired on February 13, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Imagine if playtime was work for you. Imagine being so isolated, that the only thing that could bring you out of your "shell" and into the social world was daily exposure to SUPER fun social opportunities at recess. This is exactly what I hope will happen with this proposal.

I am an elementary school special education teacher and teach many students with autism.

Autism is a developmental disability that primarily affects the development of language and social skills, thus often times isolating individuals with this disability. At my school, I attempt to heal the isolating affects of autism by placing my students into general education settings where they are surrounded by their peers, and exposed to general education curriculum. In order to keep my students with autism engaged with their peers in class, we often use high interest items and activities in the learning process. These high interest activities for students with autism are often times just as high interest for their "typically developing peers". So, we try to incorporate their peers to help us bring these children out of their autism-induced isolation, and into the social world!

My Project

One way we bring students of all abilities together on my campus is by creating novel and extremely fun activities on the playground. In the past we have used bubbles, crawl tunnels, giant exercise balls, tumbling mats, scooters, Frisbees, etc. The list could go on forever. Due to the giant impact our social program has on our students, it unfortunately takes its toll on our toys. Our tunnel is about to break, and our giant ball is about to pop. To keep this program running, we need new materials to bring out to the playground to ensure the social growth for our students with autism. In order to keep things new, fresh, and in working order, I have requested a set of ploy-pg gradeballs in a variety of sizes and supertube. These materials will help make recess and PE times more accessible to all students on campus.

By donating to this project, you will not only impact the lives of students with autism, but you will be helping these students become more social, and ultimately more productive members of our society.

By encouraging students with special needs to achieve like their non-disabled peers, we not only create equal opportunity, but also encourage kids of all abilities to develop lifelong friendships. What could be more satisfying and rewarding?

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

1 donor1 donor has given to this project.

This project will reach 450 students.

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mr. Elder is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BALL PG 4'' POLY SET OF 6 COLORS • School Specialty Inc. $24.69 1 $24.69
BALL POLY PG 7'' ASST COLORS - SET OF 6 • School Specialty Inc. $28.49 1 $28.49
BALL PLAYGROUND POLY 8.5'' SET OF 6 • School Specialty Inc. $30.39 1 $30.39
TUBE ROUND PLASTIC OMNIKIN 79'' • School Specialty Inc. $180.49 1 $180.49

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


1 Donor


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Goleta","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[307835],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"his","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":440133,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":450,"teacherScreenName":"Mr. Elder","authorIds":{"307835":{"owner":"Mr. Elder","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[440133],"proposalHash":"1144162007","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":31819,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NjE1MzY1"],"teacherId":307835,"schoolCounty":"Santa Barbara","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CA","name":"California"}}