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Mrs. Kohler-Hall from Chicago IL is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Safer, Louder Return to School

Help me give my students a healthier, more effective return to the classroom.

  • $373 goal

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My Students

The second-grade students at Kozminski Community Academy are curious, caring and ready-to-learn. We have yet to meet in our classroom this year, but students have persevered and made great progress so far! Although we are a neighborhood school within the Chicago Public Schools, many of the students also travel to attend our school. Kozminski is located on the south side of Chicago (5400 South, 900 East) in the racially and economically diverse Hyde Park community. It serves approximately two hundred and fifty students from pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade. The school is an Options for Knowledge school with thirty percent of its students bused. The student population is ninety-nine percent African-American. Eighty percent of our students are low-income with eighty-six percent receiving free or reduced price lunch. The school has an attendance rate of ninety-five percent. Kozminski has a mobility rate of twelve percent, an expulsion rate of zerp, and a dropout rate of zero.

My Project

Soon, K-8 Chicago Public Schools students are scheduled to return to their classrooms, physically distanced and in masks. To help make the transition safer and more effective, the classroom will need a few extra things.

Humidifiers and personal amplification will help everyone in class stay safer and communicate more effectively.

Added humidity will weigh down droplets in the air, making them fall to the ground more quickly and be less likely to infect other people. They will also keep mucus membranes healthier and less likely to produce microfissures, which allow germs into the body. Humidification will be especially important as we need to keep windows open for proper ventilation, allowing in drier air. Our room is very large and with twenty foot ceilings, so having more than one humidifier is a must! While there is debate about whether it is safe enough to return to in-person learning, humidifiers are a simple, low-cost intervention to provide a little extra protection.

Students sometimes have difficultly being heard in class under normal circumstances. Communicating through heavy cloth masks while more physically distant than ever, will be even more challenging for students, as well as for me as their teacher (something I have never been concerned with before). The small wireless PA system will help me and students be heard, especially as we try to communicate with students who are simultaneously doing remote learning. Being heard clearly will help the group build community and promote individual self-esteem.

Mrs. Kohler-Hall
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all 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 15 students.

8 donors have given to this project.

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Guardian Technologies H5175W Pure Guardian Humidifier 5175W,Ultrasonic Cool Mist,120 Hr. Run Time, 2 Gal. Tank Capacity, 560 Sq. Ft.Coverage, Large Rooms,Quiet, Filter Free,Treat, White • Amazon Business $78.57 2 $157.14
Winbridge S92 25 Watts Mini Portable Rechargeable Voice Amplifier Pa System Speaker with Two Microphones UHF Compact Handheld and Wireless Headset Mic for Karaoke, Teachers, Tour Guides, Trainers • Amazon Business $125.00 1 $125.00

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