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Mrs. McSweeney from Fort Wayne IN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Help me give my students a calm and creative environment to learn and grow in.

  • $521 goal

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My Students

My students range from Kindergarten to 5th Grade all with different individual needs. My students are eager to learn and accomplish their goals but each child has a different obstacle to overcome. My students come from a high poverty and high crime neighborhood. Most come to school each day already facing adversity at home. When they get to school they are then asked to complete assignments and keep up with the fast pace of today’s world. This can be quite frustrating for my students as they are also struggling with many different types of learning disabilities.

My students' qualifying needs include Cognitive Disability, Other Health Impairment, Autism, Speech/Language Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, and Emotional Disability.

While my students face many different challenges each day, they still have a desire to learn that is inherent in young children and they just need the right tools to help them be successful.

My students crave an environment that they can feel safe in and where they can learn and thrive. However, there are materials that my school just cannot provide due to cost and limited school budgets.

My Project

A large number of the students that attend our school come from diverse backgrounds, and have experienced trauma in their short lives. Trauma impacts all areas of the child's life, including their social and emotional regulation, and ability to learn and retain information.

As part of the trauma informed care that our school does, we are aware that children who have experienced trauma need to feel safe and be in a calm environment in order to learn.

With the materials we get from our project, we aim to create this calm and safe environment, equipped with tools our unique learners need to help them be successful.

The items requested such as the fidgets, noise machine, and visual timers will help our students regulate themselves and become ready to learn. With the low level high interest books, our students will be able to fully engage in reading by finding books that are interesting to their age level while still being at an independent reading level for them. With the writing materials and dry erase markers, our students will have creativity and flexibility to explain and draw out their thinking. They often enjoy drawing pictures to go along with math problems they are doing.

Mrs. McSweeney
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 40 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Norwood Commercial Furniture NOR-STOOLBB-SO Plastic Stack Stools, Black & Black • Amazon Business $59.59 1 $59.59
X-ACTO ProX Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener • Amazon Business $35.94 1 $35.94
Expo Fine Point Dry Erase Markers Bundle – 5 Items: 12 Black Markers, 12 Red Markers, 12 Blue Markers, 12 Assorted Color Markers, Bright Colorful Rectangle Sticky Note Pad – Low Odor • Amazon Business $28.98 1 $28.98
IRIS USA, Inc. TB-35 Stackable Clear Storage Box, 10 Pack, 5 Quart • Amazon Business $26.49 1 $26.49
Novelinks Transparent 4" x 6" Photo Cases and Clear Craft Keeper with Handle - 16 Inner Cases Plastic Storage Container Box (Clear) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
THE BLACK SERIES Restful Sleep Sound Machine, Features 12 Nature-Inspired Recordings/Ambient Music, May Help Relieve Anxiety in Children/Adults, Built-In Speaker, Audio-Out Headphone Jack, Includes Po • Amazon Business $23.95 1 $23.95
Time Timer TTMM9GR Mod, Timer, Lime Green • Amazon Business $23.48 1 $23.48
Fidget Toys Set, 16 Pcs. Sensory Tools Bundle for Stress Relief and Anti-Anxiety for Kids and Adults, Marble and Mesh, Pack of Squeeze Balls, Soybean Squeeze, Flippy Chain, Liquid Motion Timer & More • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Sand Timer Mosskic 6 Colors Hourglass Timer 1/3/5/10/15/30 minutes Sandglass Timer for Kids Games Classroom Kitchen Home Office Decoration(Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Educational Insights 1232 Patterned Fluorescent Light Filters—2-Pack • Amazon Business $15.93 1 $15.93
Learning Advantage 8238 Quizmo Math Vocabulary, Grade: 2 to 8 • Amazon Business $15.82 1 $15.82
Junior Learning CVC Word Builders Activity Cards • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
TANGLE Set of 3 Jr. Original Fidget Toy • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Levels E-F: 12 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
funwill Classic 3D Art Sculpture Plastic Pin Art Pinart Impression Board Desktop Toy Kids Children Creative Gift - Red • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Mattel Uno Original Playing Card Game • Amazon Business $10.10 1 $10.10
LEGO Classic Bricks and Ideas 11001 Building Kit , New 2019 (123 Piece) • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
Shopkins Phonics Boxed Set • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Fly Guy Phonics Boxed Set • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
EXPO 16078 Vis-A-Vis Wet-Erase Overhead Transparency Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 8-Count • Amazon Business $7.25 1 $7.25
Crayola; Multicultural Colors; Broad Line Washable Markers; Art Tools; 8 ct. • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49

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