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Ms. Gray from Newark NJ is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Room Renovation: # 1

My students need a rug, book organizers , and bean bag chairs to make a library area in our classroom. I believe all students should have a comfortable library/rug area.

  • $905 goal

This project expired on September 14, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students have been down an extremely rocky road. In October, they had to deal with losing their teacher to another job. So from October to January, they had several substitutes teachers. They had no structure or classroom management for months. On top of that, they were not being taught.

In January, I was placed with 11 vibrant 4th and 5th grade students in a "severe" learning and language disabilities class in Newark, NJ, a high poverty city.

Their classification range from cognitively impaired to autism. Even though they are labeled as "severe", they have been busy bees trying to make up what they have lost. They are making steady progress in this short period of time. I could tell by their smiling faces that they are happy to have a permanent teacher and a structured learning. environment.

My Project

I asked my students "What would make our classroom a better place?" The students had several suggestions, but came to the agreement that our class was missing a library and rug area. Even though we have plenty books, they are not organized or inviting to the students. I believe all students, no matter what grade, should have rug area in the class. It can be a place to have morning message, group instruction, group discussion, small groups, peer to peer tutoring, independent reading, and much more. The selected items would be used to enhance what we already have. This contribution would improve our learning environment tremendously.

Even though there are other stations in our class that need renovations, my students thought that having an inviting library/rug area should be our first priority.

The students have started to sort our library books according to genre. One students has brought in a hanging plant and another, stuff animals. I could already imagine their faces when this area is complete...:D!

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

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This project will reach 11 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
AA853 - Literacy Centers Management Chart • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95
GG668 - Writing Process Management Chart • Lakeshore Learning $24.95 1 $24.95
JJ303 - Books on Wheels Mobile Library - 12 Bins • Lakeshore Learning $199.00 1 $199.00
AA757 - Sort & Store Book Organizer • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 2 $79.90
LA997 - Student Work Organizer • Lakeshore Learning $59.95 1 $59.95
CK20BU - Little Beanbag Seat - Blue • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95
CK20GR - Little Beanbag Seat - Green • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95
CK20RD - Little Beanbag Seat - Red • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95
LC381 - Blue Rectangular Carpet - 6' x 9' • Lakeshore Learning $199.00 1 $199.00

Materials cost

$722.60

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.84

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$768.44

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$135.61

Total project goal

$904.05

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$904.05

3 Donors

-$452.03

Donations toward project cost

-$384.23

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$67.80

match offer

-$452.01

Match offer toward project cost

-$384.21

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$67.80

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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