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Ms. Nordengren from Gwinn MI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Refocusing On School Through Sensory

My students need sensory tools to help them refocus their restless energy back to academics.

  • $241 goal

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My Students

I teach in a high school resource room in a rural community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our school services students in 6th-12th grade. Over 80% of our school's population qualifies for free and reduced lunch. Our students are also served free breakfast daily. For many students, our school is their safe place away from unstable home environments.

Sensory output is something my students are constantly seeking.

My students use my "fidget" tools so much they are wearing out. The students I service would benefit greatly from new sensory output tools to help them refocus their energy and focus on their academics.

I have always believed that my students are not defined by their disabilities, but by their abilities. I work with students with eligibility ranging from students with autism to students with a range of learning disabilities. It is sometimes a challenge for my students to sit and focus without having some part of their bodies moving. I have found that little handheld "fidgets" work well to bring my students' minds back to academics.

My Project

My students are in need of sensory tools to help them focus. The students I service spend most of their day stuck in uncomfortable desks with limited energy output. Students are constantly seeking sensory output by tapping their pencils, shaking their legs, and constantly readjusting their position. All of this can be distracting to others around them.

Sensory tools would help my students refocus their minds on the important work at hand, academics, in a less distracting way.

Handheld sensory items and desk-top sensory tools give students an opportunity to release energy in a calm, quiet way. This means students can use these sensory tools while lessons are going on, and they can also help the refocus their minds during a break time.

Ms. Nordengren
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Karma Keepers Rainbow Rice Colored Non Toxic Sensory Tables, 3 lb., Neon • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
HoMedics Envirascape Silver Springs Illuminated Relaxation Fountain with Natural Stones, Stress Reliever, Natural Sound, Great For Office, Living Room, Vacation House, WFL-SLVS • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Toysmith Mini Zen Garden - Colors May Vary • Amazon Business $9.96 2 $19.92
Fidget Cube Toy Stress Reliever for ADHD, Anxiety, Bad Habits. Helps Calming, Relaxation, Distraction & Improves Mood - White/Black • Amazon Business $5.99 3 $17.97
Chew Brick Sensory Chew Necklace (2-Pack) - Chewelry for Boys & Girls with Autism ADHD Oral Motor Chewing Biting Teething Needs - Chewable Jewelry for Kids by Solace (MILD, CHEWY) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Toysmith Jumbo Spiral Glitter Wands (12.5 Inches) Gift Set Party Bundle - 3 Pack (Assorted) • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
3 CHUNKY Safety Plastic Tongs/Tweezers for Children - Fine Motor Tools, Occupational Therapy, Special Needs, Sensory Bin, Preschool Tools • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Sensory Sand Ultimate Set -- Over 3 Lbs of No Mess Magic Sand for Kids Toddlers • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Set of 3! Tangle Jr. Original Fidget Toy • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
Assorted Colors Pull And Stretch Bounce Ball 4 Fun Stress Balls • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

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