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Mrs. Swanson from Cold Spring MN is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Seeing Themselves in the Makerspace

Help me give my students get these materials to create their own keychain, harmonica, origami, and pipe cleaner creature.

  • $233 goal

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My Students

We are a school district made up of three smaller rural cities. Our district is growing this year which means more need for support of the growing student base. There is a mixture of low income and ELL students which means a need for external support.

Our district has great programs in the secondary buildings including great career-exploration but the district needs to have more exploration for the elementary levels.

The two smaller elementary schools house one section in each grade K-5 and don't have the opportunities for exploration that our large elementary school does due to the size difference. We would like to have more opportunities for the smaller building through makerspaces.

My Project

This is the third phase of our makerspace. The first two focused on items that stay in our space, now we would like to move to projects that students can make and take home. In the process seeing themselves as a maker in the world!

The projects designed with these materials will provide every student with three different opportunities to create and bring home.

First, is a harmonica made from rubber bands, foam, and jumbo popsicle sticks, they make amazing music and are great fun. The next is bead pets that teach them skills to weave and design and can be attached to keys or their backpack. The final project is learning origami. Once they learn this folding technique, they can create so many wonderful things. Other materials will be more creative additions to our space.

Help us continue to grow our space with some more artistic expression while building skills of creativity and critical thinking for the 21st Century. These are skills to help them find themselves as a creator in the world.

Mrs. Swanson
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 350 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Strawbees STEM Creature Creator Kit | Educational Construction Set 400 Pieces, Eyes, Stickers and feet [ Kids +5 ] • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Darice 30003709 Foamies Foam Sheets Value Pack - Assorted Colors - 4.5 x 6 inches - 100 pieces • Amazon Business $9.32 2 $18.64
Efivs Arts 2500pcs Multicolor 4mm Pony Seed Beads for DIY Bracelets,Necklaces, Key Chains and Kid Jewelry Bead Box Kit,J002 • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
AmazonBasics Rubber Bands, Size 33 (3-1/2 x 1/8 Inch), 600 Bands/1 lb. Pack, 3-Pack • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Made By Me Create Your Own Bead Pets by Horizon Group USA, Includes Over 600 Pony Beads, 6 Key Rings, Storage Box & Much More • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Joy of Origami • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
Acerich 600 Pcs Assorted Colors Pipe Cleaners DIY Art Craft Decorations Chenille Stems (6 mm x 12 Inch) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
AmazonBasics Assorted Size and Color Rubber Bands, 0.5 lb. • Amazon Business $5.49 2 $10.98
1" (25mm) Nickel Plated Silver Steel Round Edged Split Circular Keychain Ring Clips for Car Home Keys Organization, Arts & Crafts, Lanyards (200) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Chenille Kraft Natural Wood Craft Sticks, Jumbo Size, 6 x 3/4, Wood, Natural Wood, 500/Box (3776-01) • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48

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