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Mrs. Sherry from Chicago IL is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pleasantly Pigmented & Plush!

My students need plush rugs to sit on in our new, flexible-seating enabled classroom.

  • $320 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

There are approximately 590 students that attend my school.

The majority of the students, 90 percent, come from low income households and participate in the free and reduced lunch program.

The school is predominately Hispanic. Each general education teacher has a class size of about 30. We have five special education teachers, each with a caseload of around 19 students. This is an increase in previous numbers. The predominant disability among the students in our Diverse Learners Program is that of a Specific Learning Disability, with ADHD as a comorbidity. Generally speaking, the students are anywhere from one to four grade levels below their typically developing grade level peers. The majority of the students have large deficits in the areas of reading, writing, and math; the ADHD diagnoses profoundly adds to these deficits. The combination greatly affects their ability to be in the general education classroom because they are unable to focus and complete the tasks without maximum support. Outside of the area of academics, the students have a variety of interests and strong suits. Several are great artists, comedians, and helpers. A few of the students have great spatial reasoning and like to build with any materials they find!

My Project

Students with special needs require change and movement to stay engaged and focused, sitting at one table for our 90 minute class periods is definitely not an ideal learning environment for my 4th, 5th, and 6th grade diverse learners. We are working to create a warm and inviting flexible seating classroom. In order to provide this, my students need plush area rugs that they can sit on. Providing my students with the opportunity to choose a variety of seating arrangements during independent and collaborative work time would foster a positive learning environment that promotes academic socialization to develop tolerance of individual differences and opinions.

Having a choice of seating, including on a carpet, and the ability to choose their own work-space creates a welcoming tone for students, as well as excitement and comfort, all while being productive diverse learning students.

My students have varying disabilities and deserve a class environment that is flexible to meet their needs. They are kinesthetic learners. They learn best when they have some autonomy to go about and find their own spot in the room. They love to lounge on the carpets. Unfortunately, the ones we have are small and don't provide enough space for the students. No one will have an assigned seat, they will be be able to choose their learning spot. In providing this option, I am also providing them with potential problem solving skills. If one spot doesn't work, try a new one! This will also allow students to engage in collaborative discussions with various peers, instead of just "elbow partners".

Mrs. Sherry
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
nuLOOM Soft & Plush Abstract Circles Geometric Shag Area Rugs, 5' 3" x 7' 6", Multicolor • Amazon Business $118.99 2 $237.98

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