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Ms. Sickmeyer from Asheville NC is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Seeing In Color, Together

My students need a color printer, toner ink, a few more headphones, and some books that show them that they are not alone in their incredible journeys.

  • $681 goal

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My Students

The students at our school are incredibly diverse, and we see that as a growing strength. Currently, my students come from El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Ukraine, Russia, and the Pacific Islands.

We have students from all over the world in classes with students born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina.

60% of our school receives free or reduced rate lunch, well above the state average, with students overcoming all kinds of obstacles to make it to school and focus on working hard and doing their best each day.

My Project

This is a very multi-faceted order. At this time there is one color printer for the majority of our high school serving 1,400 students, and we frequently get emails to STOP PRINTING IN COLOR- we know, the ink is expensive. Printing in color in my classroom, however, is more of a necessity than a luxury.

When ELLs (English Language Learners) are thrust into all English environments and classrooms, their opportunities for success are limited from day one.

Working with and creating images and documents in color that are clear to see and understand regardless of language suddenly levels that playing field. My students are NOT unintelligent, though they spend most of their day thinking and feeling that they are. Color image sorts are one fantastic way they get to show what they know-and I love getting to remind them just how much that is!

I have been trained in Project GLAD strategies, which are whole classroom strategies with incredible scaffolds for language learners of every single level. These strategies include image sorts, picture walks, and "living walls" that are added to and created right in front of/with the students. The printer and ink will ensure that we can scaffold their learning as quickly as we can think of ideas how!

Finally, I added basic supplies and some bilingual/multicultural books to add to our classroom library. Besides the obvious pencils and notebooks, I chose books at several different reading levels that my students from multiple cultures and backgrounds can identify with. I can't explain the magic of sitting with high school students who just want to be read to, to hear a story, to relate to a character that isn't a white American. Many of them grew up without any books in their home, and it is a privilege to share them.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled • Amazon Business $194.99 1 $194.99
Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissues 210 Count (Pack of 18), Disposable Facial Tissues, Gentle and Durable, 2-Ply Thickness, Designs May Vary • Amazon Business $48.21 1 $48.21
Cyber Acoustics Stereo Headset, headphone with microphone, great for K12 School Classroom and Education (AC-204) • Amazon Business $13.68 3 $41.04
1 Pack + 1 Black of Total 5 Inktoneram Replacement toner cartridges for Brother TN221 TN225 BK/C/M/Y TN-221 TN-225 Combo Pack MFC-9340CDW HL-3170CDW HL-3170CW HL-3140CW MFC-9130CW MFC-9330CDW • Amazon Business $30.50 1 $30.50
Ponapean English Dictionary' • Amazon Business $26.00 1 $26.00
Mead Composition Books / Notebooks, Wide Ruled Paper, 100 sheets, 9-3/4" x 7-1/2", Assorted Colors, 12 Pack (73389) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Pacific Island Legends: Tales from Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia and Austrialia • Amazon Business $15.66 1 $15.66
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico's Folkloric Ballet • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Sylvia & Aki • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Eva the Adventurer. Yeva - lyubytel'ka pryhod: Bilingual Book: English + Ukrainian (English and Ukrainian Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Trash • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
The Dreamer • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Babushka's Doll • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
The Keeping Quilt • Amazon Business $5.86 1 $5.86
Matematyka dlya dvomovnykh ditey. Math for Bilingual Kids. Ukrainian - English Book: Dual Language Book for Kids in Ukrainian and English (Bilingual ... Book for Kids) (Ukrainian Edition) • Amazon Business $5.50 1 $5.50
Return to Sender • Amazon Business $5.40 1 $5.40

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