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  • $399 goal

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Mrs. Ratajski
Grades PreK-2
  • Veterans Memorial Family School
  • Camden, NJ
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Quality Early Childhood Materials

My students need hands-on materials like a talking microscope and measurement center to promote math, science, literacy, and social studies concepts.

My Students

Camden, NJ has been ranked as America's most dangerous city. The majority of the students in my class receive free or reduced-price lunch. Despite the challenges my students face living in this environment, they come to school eager to learn and grow. For many students, school is their safe place, and I want to create the best environment possible for them to feel safe, secure, and cared for. They are the future of this city and have the potential to improve their community.

My Project

We are required by the state to have specific materials accessible in the classroom for the students to ensure a high quality environment. While I was given a small budget from the district it was not enough to obtain all of the essential materials.

These materials will engage the students through play while promoting the content areas of math, literacy, science, and social studies.

The cash register will be in the dramatic play area and encourage students to count, add, and subtract while engaging in pretend play. The talking microscope and measurement center will be added to the discovery area and encourage students to observe natural objects while weighing, measuring, and sorting. The rhyming match ups will be added to the library and encourage students to recite rhyming words and generate additional rhymes with teacher facilitation. The puzzle set will be added to the toys and games center but also open discussion about diversity.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LL440X - Lakeshore Measurement Centers - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $115.00 1 $115.00
HH519 - All Kinds of Families Puzzle Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $79.99 1 $79.99
MICROSCOPE GEOSAFARI TALKING JR • School Specialty $31.16 1 $31.16
PP723 - Real-Working Cash Register • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
BATTERIES ALKALINE AA -PACK OF 48 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $17.74 1 $17.74
HH433 - Rhyming Match-Ups • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
BATTERY ALK C CONTRACTOR PA 12 PK • School Specialty $11.00 1 $11.00

Materials cost

$297.87

Vendor shipping charges

$5.99

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.47

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$338.33

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$59.71

Total project goal

$398.04

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$398.04

1 Donor

-$132.68

Donations toward project cost

-$112.78

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$19.90

match offer

-$265.35

Match offer toward project cost

-$225.55

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$39.80

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 15 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by Townsend Press and one other donor.

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