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Mrs. Lavadenz from Bell Gardens CA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Providing Social Justice to Inner City Students through Mindfulness Education

Help me give my students a beautiful meditation corner. Students will be able to sit in our new meditation corner using the cushions, or reading a book from the meditation and mindfulness library collection.

  • $651 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My amazing and creative students live in the area of Bell Gardens where 90% of our school community qualify for free and reduced lunch. The families I am privileged to serve are doing their best, but unfortunately homelessness, foster care, poverty, and the current political climate have caused distress, insecurity, and sadness among our innocent children.

My students are in desperate need of coping skills and strategies that will cultivate a resilient and optimistic spirit and attitude in order to thrive under such stressful circumstances- Meditation, Yoga, and Mindfulness education will provide my students with the tools they need to overcome and persevere in order to become healthy and happy individuals not only in my classroom, but in the future as global citizens.

My Project

As a recently certified Yoga Instructor and Wellness Champion, I will use these materials to not only enhance our weekly yoga classes, but to bring the wellness and mindfulness up a level in our classroom space.

It is my passion to bring wellness to my beautiful and resilient students- who desperately need the tools to connect to the wellness that is already inside of each of them.

My vision is to create an inviting and engaging "mindfulness corner" with a small round table, cushions, and small library with books that will help them explore these powerful lessons. Students who find themselves stressed out can go there to calm down, or take a moment to breathe.

Students will be able to increase their physical strength through the addition of cork blocks to our yoga practice. The cork blocks are used during more challenging poses, to bring the ground up or to increase opening and lengthening of poses. With these amazing items, students will work on both body and mind, in a deeper and more meaningful way.

Mrs. Lavadenz
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Arltb Cork Yoga Block 2 Pack and Yoga Strap Set with Metal D-Ring 4"x6"x9" Cork Yoga Bricks and 8" Yoga Strap Natural and Sustainable Material for Any Type of Yoga Styles (Cork Yoga Block, 4"x6"x9") • Amazon Business $18.99 7 $132.93
Kapok Dreams; Zafu Round Meditation Cushion 100% Kapok, Blue Tones, Thai Design Pillow • Amazon Business $30.89 4 $123.56
Household Essentials 8079-1 Ashwood Round Coffee Table | Distressed Gray-Brown | Black Metal Frame • Amazon Business $54.72 1 $54.72
Furinno 99736GYW Basic 3-Tier Bookcase Storage Shelves, French Oak Grey • Amazon Business $29.76 1 $29.76
Ambesonne Farm House Decor Collection, Sunny Forest with Wild Garlic Enchanting Wildflowers Blossoms Landscape Scene, Bedroom Living Room Dorm Wall Hanging Tapestry, 60 X 40 Inches, Green White • Amazon Business $23.90 1 $23.90
4 Inches Hand Painted Metal Tibetan Buddhist Singing Bowl Musical Instrument for Meditation with Stick and Cushion • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
The Mindful Dragon: A Dragon Book about Mindfulness. Teach Your Dragon To Be Mindful. A Cute Children Story to Teach Kids about Mindfulness, Focus and Peace. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
Worry Says What? • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95

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