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Ms. Bernal from Gardena CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reap the Rewards of Hard Work and Effort

Help me give my students incentives to reward their continued effort in the classroom.

  • $324 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach the third grade Special Education Autism Core Program at our school. We are a Title I school, meaning that more than three-quarters of the students in our school come from low‑income households. Besides autism, some of my students also have anxiety, ADHD and specific learning disabilities. However, despite their disabilities, they always come to school with smiles on their faces.

My students' smiles bring joy to my life, and they make my days more enjoyable.

They work hard and follow the Core Curriculum at the same pace as the general education students. This workload is sometimes difficult for them, and it requires me to constantly think of ways to help them stay focused and engaged so that they can be successful in the classroom. My students love to learn, and I always encourage them to try their best.

My Project

Despite the curriculum being tough for them, my students always work hard and try their best. At the end of the month, I reward their achievements and hard work with a special celebration. I usually treat them to lunch, ice cream, or another special treat but the expenses quickly add up. These incentives would allow me to continue celebrating them and showing them that their continued effort is important. They love Starbucks and donuts. An iHop breakfast would be a great treat to boost their morning. We also have a Subway near our school where I could buy them lunch to go on days when we have a field trip.

I want them to understand that when you work hard, you are rewarded.

As an adult in the workforce, it feels motivating to receive a paycheck and better yet, to receive a bonus for your excellent work habits. Allowing my students to earn these rewards, teaches them that hard work and effort truly does matter. As I continue to encourage them with these incentives, they begin to take greater responsibility for themselves. Most of my students now track their own work. For example, they will check the homework record to see if there is anything that they are missing. They also track their reading records and push themselves to increase their fluency daily. They challenge themselves to learn their math facts and are eager to take the math facts challenge daily. They are making great progress because they get to reap awesome rewards. Teaching them to take responsibility of their work is a life skill that they will really benefit from once they are part of the work force.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Starbucks Gift Cards, Multipack of 8 - $10 • Amazon Business $80.00 1 $80.00
Subway Multi Pk • Amazon Business $50.00 1 $50.00
IHOP Gift Cards, Multipack of 3 - $10 • Amazon Business $30.00 1 $30.00
Krispy Kreme Gift Card, Multipack of 3 - $10 • Amazon Business $30.00 1 $30.00
Fiskars 1/4 Inch Hand Punch, Heart and Star Combo Bundle • Amazon Business $13.83 1 $13.83
Punch Cards (Pack of 100) Incentive Loyalty Reward Card for Classroom Business Kids Behavior Students Teachers - 3.5" x 2" Inches • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Creative Teaching Press Incentive Academic Award (2517) • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97

Materials cost

$221.75

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$20.29

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.33

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$275.37

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$48.59

Total project goal

$323.96

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$323.96

1 Donor

-$137.69

Donations toward project cost

-$137.69

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$161.98

Match offer toward project cost

-$137.68

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.30

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$24.30

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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