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Ms. Rodenkirchen from Minneapolis MN is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Playground Time for Social Skills and Sensory Exploration!

My students need a sandbox with accessories, play vehicles, and balls in order to explore with their senses and develop social skills.

  • $396 goal

This project expired on September 15, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom is a self-contained special education classroom for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders. We adapt the preschool curriculum to meet the diverse needs of the students and to increase opportunities to work on social, communication, and academic skills. It is my goal to find materials and activities to help motivate and engage my students to participate in classroom activities and to increase interactions with each other.

Preschoolers love to come to school to play, learn, and meet new friends, but some kids have barriers that make it hard to enjoy and participate in these activities without support.

The students in this classroom have high level needs, and they are not yet able to participate in a preschool classroom with a larger group of students. They need a structured environment with a small number of students and many direct teaching opportunities.

The school is located in an urban setting and serves many children who qualify for free or reduced rate lunch. The district has limited funding and early childhood programs rarely receive the materials they need. Many times we need to create or purchase materials on our own in order to have the materials we need.

My Project

Our early childhood program has a wonderful courtyard for our students to use, but we need materials to use in this space in order to work on essential skills. Preschoolers love to explore outside, expend energy, and use their large muscle groups.

This project would provide a sandbox, cars, and balls to use in our courtyard for students to work on social skills, large motor skills, and to maintain regulation.

These materials would provide opportunities for the students to play with friends by playing catch, building a sand castle, digging, and using their imaginations to drive the vehicles. This project would help replace the broken materials we have and provide high quality toys for our students.

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

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 16 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
KIT THERAPY PLAY SAND 50 LBS WHITE • School Specialty $25.55 3 $76.65
Champion Sports Deluxe Electric Equipment Inflating Air Pump • Amazon Business $54.35 1 $54.35
Step2 Play and Store Sandbox With Cover • Amazon Business $51.99 1 $51.99
Franklin Sports Six Pack Playground Balls with Mesh Carry Bag And Pump - 8.5 Inch Diameter • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Hape Beach Basics Sand Toy Set Including Bucket Sifter, Rake, and Shovel Toys, Bold • Amazon Business $8.85 3 $26.55
Green Toys Car Carrier Vehicle Set Toy, Blue • Amazon Business $21.15 1 $21.15
Green Toys Fire Truck - BPA Free, Phthalates Free Imaginative Play Toy for Improving Fine Motor, Gross Motor Skills. Toys for Kids • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Green Toys Dump Truck in Yellow and Red - BPA Free, Phthalates Free Play Toys for Gross Motor, Fine Motor Skill Development. Pretend Play • Amazon Business $13.24 1 $13.24

Materials cost

$293.91

Vendor shipping charges

$7.66

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.41

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$335.98

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$59.29

Total project goal

$395.27

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$395.27

3 Donors

-$341.74

Donations toward project cost

-$293.48

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$48.26

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$3.53

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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