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Mrs. Kniffen
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
  • $0 still needed

Replenish My Briarwood Creative Classroom After Tornado

My students need a cordless listening center, an iPod, personal whiteboards and learning activities to replace items lost in the tornado on May 20, 2013.

My Students

Can you imagine being 6 years old and experiencing an F5 tornado hitting your classroom while you huddle under a desk screaming and crying as the building collapses? School being a safe, fun place has changed drastically for my children. I am eager to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and fun.

I teach fun, fabulous first grade students who are eager learners and soak up all they can.

They are hard workers and loved learning to read, spell, do math and write amazing things this past year. We live in what is considered "tornado alley" in Oklahoma and many of my students have lost their homes, all personal belongings, pets and in some cases, parents and siblings in the My 20, 2013 tornado that ripped through our school and the surrounding neighborhoods.

My Project

These children are living in an area that has been devastated by this tornado and are surrounded with debris and destruction every day of their lives. Many are no doubt fearful about returning to school considering what happened the last day they were in school and to add to that, we will be attending school in an alternate location that will provide challenges for them since it is not their school. My goal is to create a space that is organized and inviting. A place where they feel safe and are able to focus their attention and minds on fun and learning and just being first grade children again. I want them to have activities that stimulate their creativity and build confidence as they learn, grow and heal from the devastation that surrounds. The listening center and books with cd's will allow students to hear stories read to them. The math games and the phonics games will keep their minds on learning in a fun way rather than focusing on the reality of life after a tornado.

The amazing fact that these children survived what happened that day is evidence to me that they are destined for great things in their lives.

As their teacher, I seek to provide learning opportunities to help them grow and achieve all that they can this year even though it is a transitional year for all of us. The supplies, activities, games, and teaching materials you provide for us will help make that possible for them. You will help create a classroom that is cheerful, fun, educational.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
iPod/CD/SD/USB/Mp3 Boombox Multi-Station Wireless Listening Center Number Positons Option: 6 • Teachers' School Supply $536.07 1 $536.07
RE780X - Kevin Henkes Read-Alongs • Lakeshore Learning Materials $159.00 1 $159.00
Apple® iPod® nano - digital player • Best Buy for Business $144.99 1 $144.99
JJ386X - Double-Sided Learn to Print Write & Wipe Board - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $57.50 2 $115.00
LL459 - Geoboard Design Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 2 $49.98
FF396 - Elementary Science Instant Learning Center - Water Cycle • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
PP355 - Foundational Skills Teaching Center for Common Core Standards • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
HH491 - Spatial Reasoning Instant Learning Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
JJ386 - Double-Sided Learn to Print Write & Wipe Board - Each • Lakeshore Learning Materials $5.99 5 $29.95
RA802 - Dominoes • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
LL239 - Word Building Magnetic Activity Tin • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99

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