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Ms. Cooley from Bridgeport CT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Science Escape Room Challenge!

My students need escape room challenge materials such as combination locks, magic ink, UV lights, locked boxes, secret spy material, spy games and prizes!

  • $841 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I teach at an inner city high school, ranked one of the lowest performing schools in CT. We no longer have electives or after school activities. The only supplies allotted are two reams of copy paper per month (less than 2 sheets/student/week). Lack of self-worth isn't just something you can see in a young person's eyes. You can feel it in a classroom, and it intensifies as students grow older and begin to believe that the lack of funding in their district - which they see when they compare their own school to the schools they visit during away games - means that society has determined investing in their potential is not worth the dollars. This lack of self-worth further propels a cycle of underperforming and underfunding, thus contributing to a community-wide cycle as students join generations of adults who have already learned the same lesson." My kids may appear tough, but they just need love and someone to believe in them and their potential. Over 30% of Bridgeport's children live below the poverty line, many of my students live in public housing, shelters, or on the streets. 100% of my students are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs.

My Project

Student engagement is a huge issue at my school. Our school graduation rate was 60% last year. In CT one in five students are not engaged in school. This is a huge problem and must be addressed. This summer I researched ways to engage students in their learning and discovered escape room challenges! We need the combination locks, secret spy kits, locked boxes, invisible ink, UV light, time capsules, spy games, and decoder kits to plan escape room challenges for science principles. Students will use science knowledge to answer questions to gain the next clue. "When children are having fun they want to be involved and the learning occurs naturally."

I am so excited to plan challenges and get my students engaged in their learning.

I am planning on using escape rooms instead of unit exams and plan on making learning fun! Mr. Rogers stated, "Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning."

Ms. Cooley
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Emoji Gumballs, 24 Count (5-Pack) 120 Gumballs Bulk • Amazon Business $13.49 5 $67.45
Findway 5 UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors,Pet Urine Detector for Dog Urine,Pet Stains and Bed Bug Detector,Dog Urine Remover • Amazon Business $11.99 4 $47.96
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 2 Pads, Large White Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Super Sticking Power (559) • Amazon Business $42.98 1 $42.98
Thames & Kosmos Exit Games: Polar Station, Forbidden Castle Forgotten Island (Set of 3) • Amazon Business $42.89 1 $42.89
Forge Premium Quality 4 Digit TSA luggage locks, Longer Shackle, Change Your Own Color and Combination, Open Alert Indicator, 4 Pack • Amazon Business $20.95 2 $41.90
4M KidzLabs Combination Lock Kit • Amazon Business $13.95 3 $41.85
Invisable ink pen marker secret spy message writer with uv light fun activity for kids party favors ideas gifts and stock stuffers, (6 Pack) By SyPen • Amazon Business $9.99 4 $39.96
SKITTLES & STARBURST Halloween Candy Full Size Variety Mix 30-Count Box • Amazon Business $18.69 2 $37.38
Kitki ESCAPE EVIL Fun Educational Board Games STEM Toys On SCIENCE For Kids 8-10 9-12 12-14 Years & Up. Chemistry Kit Gifts For Boys Girls & Teens. • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
Spin Master Games - Escape Room The Game • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Dubble Bubble 380 Count Tub - Fruitastic Flavors, 3LBS 12.3 OZ (1.71 KG) • Amazon Business $14.86 2 $29.72
Mini Runes Cipher for Escape Rooms • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Escape Room The Game: Virtual Reality Expansion Pack Edition - Two New Exciting VR Escape Room Adventures • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
How to Create a Low Cost Escape Room: For Camps, Youth Groups and Community Centers • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Mr. Sketch 1905069 Scented Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $5.84 3 $17.52
Breaking Into Breakout Boxes: Escape Rooms in Education • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
4M Spy Science Secret Messages • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Braille Wall Panel Key for Escape Rooms • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Set of 3 Invisible UV Blacklight Ink Marker Blue Red Yellow • Amazon Business $6.00 2 $12.00
Jssmst Small Locking Cash Box with Money Tray, Lock Money Box for Kids Blue, 5.9 x 4.7 x 3.2 inches, CB013-BL • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Jssmst Small Locking Cash Box with Money Tray, Lock Money Box for Kids Blue, 5.9 x 4.7 x 3.2 inches, CB013-L • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Jssmst Small Locking Cash Box with Money Tray, Lock Money Box for Kids Red, 5.9 x 4.7 x 3.2 inches, CB013-R • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Fun Teacher’s Tool kit: Hundreds of Ways to Create a Positive Classroom Environment & Make Learning FUN (Needs-Focused Teaching Resource) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
AmazonBasics Book Safe - Key Lock, Red • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
AmazonBasics Book Safe - Key Lock, Small, Blue • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
TOP SECRET Self Inking Rubber Stamp - Red Ink (ExcelMark A1539) • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29

Materials cost

$674.11

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.11

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$714.22

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$126.04

Total project goal

$840.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$840.26

5 Donors

-$309.03

Donations toward project cost

-$262.68

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$46.35

match offer

-$531.22

Match offer toward project cost

-$451.54

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$79.68

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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