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Ms. Tomsyck from Milwaukee WI is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading is Fundamental

My students need new seating, books, and characters to create a space that makes reading inviting, exciting, and allows for comfort.

  • $419 goal

This project expired on November 25, 2018.

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My Students

I wouldn't choose any other place in the world to teach except in my current school district! My school services many diverse students and over half our student population is bilingual. We are located in a quiet neighborhood with a rich Hispanic culture. It is, however, in a low income part of the city so lots of our students benefit from school resources like free breakfast/lunch, extended after school hours, community food pantry once a month and a school closet of clothes and other care products for students in need. Being a part of such a community is a very rewarding experience every day.

I have the honor and privilege of teaching children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who range in age from seven to ten years old.

My students possess a great deal of ability. Ranging from students with autism to down syndrome, it's not my students' labels that make them extraordinary. As a teacher, I look at my students for their awesome abilities and talents, like the ten years old who can build a replica of the Titanic out of construction paper, or the young man who discovered tap dancing.

My Project

It's been a few years since my students got comfortable seating for our classroom. As students with special needs, they have unique learning needs and spend a lot of time on the floor stretching out and taking breaks as well as playing and learning. Our reading pillows and bean bags have stains, rips, and tears and need replacing. We could also use some fun throw pillows to rest on. I am also asking for new chapter books as they love being read to and with the use of the pocket chart and laminating sheets, I can create pictures to help with the novels and their memorizing of the important information. I am also requesting new easy readers at various levels so my students can continue their independent reading. The vinyl figures are requested to finish a collection in our classroom of memorable characters that create a visual character alphabet! These supplies will create a new reading space in our classroom that will allow our imaginations to take us away!

Ms. Tomsyck
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 10 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gold Medal Bean Bags 30010509804 Medium Wet Look Vinyl Beanbag, Tween Size, Blue • Amazon Business $54.16 2 $108.32
Milliard reading pillow replacement cover 18x15 - Fits the 18 Inch & Linenspa Standard size Reading Pillows • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Crystal Clear 200-Pieces Universal Thermal Laminating Pouches • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Disney Mickey Decorative Pillow, Red • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Disney/Pixar Cars 3 Movie Red 17" Lightning Mcqueen Plush Pillow Buddy (Official Pixar Product) • Amazon Business $15.96 1 $15.96
Tabletop Desktop Pocket Chart with Bonus 20X Dry Erase Cards. Double Sided and Self-Standing (13” X 12”) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Funko POP Disney The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
Funko Pop Disney Incredibles 2, Violet (Styles May Vary) Multicolor • Amazon Business $10.31 1 $10.31
Disney Monster U Decorative Toddler Pillow • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
Funko Pop Disney: Emperor's New Groove-Yzma (Styles May Vary) Collectible Toy • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Funko Pop Disney: Emperor's New Groove-Kuzco Collectible Toy • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $6.94 1 $6.94
The Neverending Story • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Hoot • Amazon Business $6.15 1 $6.15
Lyddie (A Puffin Novel) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
PAW Patrol Deluxe Step into Reading (PAW Patrol) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Secret Zoo • Amazon Business $4.80 1 $4.80
Rubble to the Rescue! (Paw Patrol) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $4.11 1 $4.11
Miguel's Music (Disney/Pixar Coco) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Unicorn Wings (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Shampoodle (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Mission PAW (PAW Patrol) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
All About the Trolls (DreamWorks Trolls) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77
Big Shark, Little Shark (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
Super Friends: Flying High (DC Super Friends) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
Poppy's Party (DreamWorks Trolls) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.03 1 $3.03
These are The Avengers Level 1 Reader (World of Reading) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89
One Hundred Shoes: A Math Reader (Step-Into-Reading, Step 2) • Amazon Business $2.30 1 $2.30

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