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Mrs. Hutchins from Altha FL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Rebuilding After Hurricane Michael, One LEGO at a Time

Help me give my students the needed materials to start two LEGO League Robotics Jr. teams at our school. My students need supplies to create a model to be showcased.

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My Students

I teach first graders in Calhoun County, Florida. It is in a rural community approximately 45 minutes northeast of the Gulf of Mexico. In recent days, over half of my students have lost their homes due to the effects of Hurricane Michael when Category 4+ winds destroyed most of their homes in our small town. Thankfully, our newly built school received only minimal damages. Most of my students now regard our school as their safe haven where they can escape the scenes of reality. Our new norm is to see blue tarps on each and every roof, downed trees, and debris piles full of damaged personal belongings. Our school is a refuge for my students. It is the only thing that has remained unchanged post-Hurricane Michael. As part of the recovery efforts, I would like to start two LEGO League Robotics teams for students first through third grade, to help ease anxiety and tension while putting their minds to work. I have received a partial grant that covers two LEGO kits, teaching manuals, and registration fees but materials are need for students to showcase their STEM skills at a student showcase.

My Project

I would like to give the students in first through third grade the opportunity to participate in two LEGO League Jr. Robotics teams. This will be an after-school program for students who have faced so much loss this school year. The materials of LEGO blocks and plates and presentation boards are needed to participate in a showcase of their work at a local state college in late spring. Even though I received a grant to cover two WeDo 2.0 LEGO kits and the entry fees, it does not include the basic materials needed to complete the STEM challenge. The materials requested are essential for the students to display their creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills in an authentic learning experience. My school district can simply not afford the materials needed for the LEGO League due to insurance deductibles and materials damage by Hurricane Michael to other schools within our county.

Mrs. Hutchins
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Creative LEGO Brick Set • LEGO Education $62.95 2 $125.90
Large Building Plates Set • LEGO Education $36.95 2 $73.90
Community Minifigure Set • LEGO Education $48.95 1 $48.95
Small Building Plates • LEGO Education $41.95 1 $41.95
WeDo 2.0 Replacement Pack • LEGO Education $11.95 2 $23.90
Elmer's White Tri Fold Corrugated Presentation Board, White, 36"H x 48"W • Staples Advantage $4.99 2 $9.98

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