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Ms. Jensen from Kansas City MO is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Refugees Want Our Classroom to Be Clean!

My students need Life Essentials to keep our classroom (and selves) clean! We need kleenex, brooms, disinfecting wipes, and paper towels.

  • $390 goal

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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 had limited or very interrupted schooling in their own countries due to lack of resources and upheaval. This year, I have students from Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, El Salvador, and Rwanda. 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 others' 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

Imagine coming to school each day and having to see it in the exact condition that you left it the day before. This is great when you leave it clean. My students take wonderful care of our classroom - emptying the trash and picking up carefully before they leave... but we lack cleaning supplies. My students already are "cleaners." This has been wonderful because we have a small classroom filled to the brim with learners. We are always last on the list for custodial help. We make do. If we were not self-sufficient in looking after our space, it would quickly get away from us. We pick up our floor each day, but are unable to vacuum or sweep because we do not have the proper supplies.

Having a clean space to work seems like a little thing but it makes a big difference when so many people are working together - we know it is important to work together to establish a classroom community where everyone takes responsibility for the entire learning environment.

We ask for brooms and dustpans so that we can keep our floor clean. We also ask for Clorox wipes so that we can clean our desks and chairs. We do this once a week. The students are good at keeping their hands clean and covering their mouths when they sneeze or cough, but germs still spread. By cleaning our space, we can minimize the colds and other infections that we share. Finally, we ask for Kleenex and paper towels. Kleenex help with the never-ending runny and stuffy noses. Paper towels help with little (sometimes bigger) spills. The students can learn about good cleaning and hygiene practices as well as take pride in their classroom learning space.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues, Flat Box, 130 Tissues per Flat Box, 8 Packs • Amazon Business $13.55 8 $108.40
Clorox Disinfecting Antibacterial Wipes Value Pack, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes plus Clorox Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers - 220 Count (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $14.49 6 $86.94
Bounty Quick-Size Paper Towels, 12 Family Rolls, White • Amazon Business $28.99 2 $57.98
Libman 206 Precision Angle Broom with Dustpan • Amazon Business $21.55 2 $43.10

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