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Ms. Harper from Cleveland OH is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Refugee & Immigrant Students Need Basic School Supplies

My students need basic school supplies such as folders, notecards, and highlighters to start the school year off with confidence and organization.

  • $296 goal

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My Students

On the first day of school I asked each of my students to write about why they came to the United States.

"To have a better life and to be someone in the future." That was the response of an eleventh grade student from El Salvador, and her response echoed the responses of everyone else.

Every single one of my students is a newcomer to the United States. About 50% are immigrants and 50% are refugees. They come from all over the world with the same goal: to have a better life.

My students are from Syria, Rwanda, Uganda, Nepal, Puerto Rico, China, Burundi, Congo, Ecuador, The Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Cameroon, Iraq, and Mexico. Although they arrive with limited English knowledge, they certainly arrive rich in curiosity, passion, and a love of learning. They are kind and brilliant and have an incredible wealth of knowledge from their home countries. I can assure you that this group of students will appreciate any amount of generosity you are able to contribute.

My Project

A new folder, fresh markers, a personal ring of notecards or their very own whiteboard eraser will give my students a sense of ownership in their learning that is contagious for the whole class.

My students feel empowered when they have new materials that help them stay organized and engaged in school.

By contributing to this project, you are giving a student that is brand new to The United States a fresh start and a vote of confidence as they embark on their new schooling endeavor. I have seen time and time again the excitement, joy, and gratitude my students express when given the simplest of school supplies. I'm looking forward to seeing that again this year.

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

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DEBRADALE DESIGNS Small Blank Study Flash Cards - Single Hole Punched - 5 Rings - Economy 67# Vellum Bristol - 3.5" x 2" - 5 Colors - 1,100 Note Cards - Storage Organization Travel Box Attached Lid • Amazon Business $17.99 5 $89.95
Oxford Twin-Pocket Folders, Textured Paper, Letter Size, Assorted Colors: Red, Light Blue, Orange, Yellow, Green, Box of 50, Holds 100 Sheets (67613) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Best Highlighters (Extra Large 50 Pack) 2 Styles (Large Barrel & Pen Size) in 5 Different Colors in Yellow, Green, Orange, Blue, and Pink - Perfect for Bible Study, Classroom, Students, and Teachers! • Amazon Business $18.97 1 $18.97
AmazonBasics Ruled Index Cards, Assorted Neon, 3x5-Inch, 300-Count • Amazon Business $5.99 3 $17.97
TecUnite 30 Pack Magnetic Whiteboard Dry Eraser Chalkboard Cleansers Wiper for Classroom Office (Yellow, 2 x 2 inch) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Expo 81045 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted • Amazon Business $14.74 1 $14.74
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 gsm, “Brights” 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets (99608) • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
School Smart 36975 Nickel Plated Loose Leaf Ring, 1" Diameter (Pack of 100) • Amazon Business $8.70 1 $8.70
Expo Block Eraser 81505 Dry Erase Whiteboard Board Eraser, Soft Pile, 5 1/8 W x 1 1/4 H - Pack of 4 • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59

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