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Ms. Jensen from Kansas City MO is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Refugees Need Flexible Seating for Flexible and Creating Thinking!

Help me give my students flexible seating options for our classroom, including colorful stools, folding chairs, and bean bag chairs.

  • $449 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school serves students in grades K-6 and provides rigorous academics to amazing, motivated language learners in a safe learning environment. Our goal is to prepare our students for success in high school, college, and future careers. The students in our school are about 70% ELL and speak about 20 different languages.

The students in my New American classroom are English language learners who have been in the country for less than one year.

Not all students who are non-English speakers are selected for this setting. My students are refugees from several different countries. They have had limited or interrupted schooling in their own countries due to lack of resources and upheaval. This year, I have students from Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, Mexico, and Honduras. There are many different languages in my classroom and several different cultures. For these students, life in our city is very different from their lives before coming here. We strive to be at all times respectful and appreciative of each other's culture and strengths. We believe that we all have gifts to share, and that, with education, we will have the power to do so.

My Project

Students feel empowered by having some degree of choice and control over their environment. Flexible seating allows students to choose where they work and with whom. It also allows them to change their location and positions as needed. Children need to move.

Flexible seating allows them to wobble, rock, bounce, lean or stand, which increases oxygen flow to the brain, blood flow, and core strength.

In turn, this burns more calories and increases metabolism. It also helps keep young minds more alert and focused. It’s no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior.

An uncomfortable student is a distracted and unproductive student. An uncomfortable chair can make it impossible for students to focus. Flexible seating encourages students to find their best spot to stay calm, focused, and productive. Traditional desks can make students territorial or possessive over their space and supplies. Flexible seating encourages students to share both. And, it encourages them to take turns in different locations and with different seating options. Flexible seating allows students to quickly and easily pair up, work in small groups, or discuss as a whole class—without moving mountains of heavy desks to establish eye contact.

We want to allow students to move through the classroom and learn to work with everyone collaboratively. With flexible seating options, we will encourage movement and small group work.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
CAIN Camp Stool, Lightweight Camping Stool, Portable Folding Camp Chair, Foldable Outdoor Chairs for Travel Fishing Beach Backpacking Hiking Picnic Lawn Camp Travel Garden • Amazon Business $16.14 10 $161.40
Norwood Commercial Furniture NOR-1101AC-SO Plastic Stack Stools, 17.75" Height, 11.75" Width, 11.75" Length, Assorted Colors (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $59.74 2 $119.48
IRRIS Waterproof Bean Bag Chair Large Storage Bean Bag Oxford Chair Cover for Kids, Teens and Adults Lounger Sack Material: Cloth. Machine Washable Removable Slip Cover.(Red) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
IRRIS Waterproof Bean Bag Chair Large Storage Bean Bag Oxford Chair Cover for Kids, Teens and Adults Lounger Sack Material: Cloth. Machine Washable Removable Slip Cover.(Sky Blue) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99

Materials cost

$340.86

Vendor shipping charges

$5.18

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.11

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$381.15

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$67.26

Total project goal

$448.41

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$448.41

5 Donors

-$448.41

Donations toward project cost

-$381.15

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$67.26

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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