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Mrs. Matthews from Hartford CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Positive Self Care Activities for Home

Help me give my students activities to keep them busy, healthy, fed, and comfortable at home during our distance learning lockdown.

  • $1,299 goal

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My Students

We found out on on March 13th that we would be staying home indefinitely. This news was completely heartbreaking to students and to teachers. We have all tried our absolute best to adjust to distance learning via Google Classroom and many people are working incredibly hard to do everything possible for our students and their families. Our district started to hand out devices to those in need and we have made our assignments flexible in understanding that this is so much more than just teaching.

I believe it's important to consider the mental health of our students and their families as we all navigate this situation differently in different circumstances.

It's important to complete the school work and to finish classes to their full potential but this is also a very challenging time and certain things take priority. Our students are to check in on their classes four days a week and complete what they can when they can. Teachers have meetings all day on Wednesdays to brainstorm, listen, and update each other on the constant changes.

We miss our students immensely and worry about them constantly.

My Project

Our students are in a very difficult situation while they are told to remain at home during our quarantine lockdown. Many do not have the simple things they need at home to help them keep busy, such as art supplies, books, snacks, or even a back yard or a safe neighborhood to get some fresh air and sunshine. I've heard from many students who are stressed out and anxious, so I put together a project of items I can drop off to their homes in order to keep them busy, healthy, fed, and comfortable.

The items in this project will allow students to eat, stay busy, stay healthy, and provide self-care outlets for them to manage and reduce stress and anxiety.

Once our students can get a handle on their emotions throughout this crazy experience, they will be better equipped to complete their distance learning school requirements online as well as their own daily stresses from being at home in many different circumstances.

Mrs. Matthews
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Life of Gratitude: A Journal to Appreciate It All, Big and Small (Guided Journals, Self Help Books, Keepsake Gratitude Journals, Mindfulness Journals) $12.25 15 $183.75
Blue Ribbon Care Package 45 Count Ultimate Sampler Mixed Bars, Cookies, Chips, Candy Snacks Box for Office, Meetings, Schools,Friends & Family, Military,College, Halloween, Fun Variety Pack $27.95 6 $167.70
Brain Games - Summer Fun Puzzles: Relax, Unwind, and Give Your Brain a Vacation $8.00 20 $160.00
100 Amazing Patterns: An Adult Coloring Book with Fun, Easy, and Relaxing Coloring Pages $9.99 10 $99.90
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls $8.62 10 $86.20
Crayola Bulk Colored Pencils, Pre-sharpened, Back to School Supplies, 12 Assorted Colors, Pack of 24 $36.72 2 $73.44
How to Draw 101 Animals $4.99 12 $59.88
12 Pack Notebook Journals for Travelers, Students and Office, Writing Sketchbook Memo Diary Subject Notebooks Planner with Blank Paper, 60 Pages, 30 Sheets, 8.3x5.5 inch, A5 Size, Travel Journal Set $15.59 3 $46.77
Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Lower Sugar, 4 Flavor Variety Pack, Individual Packets, 48 Count $8.35 5 $41.75
INTEGEAR 6 Pack Full Size Magic Speed Cube 3x3x3 Easy Turning and Smooth Play Puzzle Party Toy Cube Bulk 56mm Educational Party Favor School Supplies for All Age Kids and Adults (6 Pack) $14.99 2 $29.98
Crayola Classic Color Pack Crayons, 24 Count, (Pack of 4) $9.25 3 $27.75
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, 25% Less Sugar, 3 Flavor Variety Pack, (58 Pack) $12.59 2 $25.18
Mr. Pen- Pencil Sharpener, Sharpener for Pencils, Pack of 6, Pencil Sharpener Manual, 2 Holes, Pencil Sharpener for Kids, Colored Pencil Sharpener, Pencil Sharpener Handheld, Art Pencil Sharpener $7.99 3 $23.97
Educational Insights Kanoodle | Brain Twisting 3-D Puzzle Game for Kids, Teens & Adults | Featuring 200 Challenges $8.39 2 $16.78
LotFancy Playing Cards, Poker Size Standard Index, 12 Decks of Cards (6 Blue and 6 Red), for Blackjack, Euchre, Canasta, Pinochle Card Game, Casino Grade $13.86 1 $13.86

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