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Ms. Allarie from Worcester MA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Self-Regulation Kits to Support Active Bodies and Minds

My students need stability ball chairs, wiggle seats, chair bands, and standing desks to calm active bodies, soothing sound machines to refocus energy, quiet canopied areas, and other tools to get ready to learn.

  • $1,134 goal

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My Students

Our school is a low-income, high-poverty elementary school of over 800 students. My students are faced with a wide range of challenges from fluctuating caretakers, to homelessness, to learning and developmental disabilities, to not having adequate food or clothing. With these adversities come along behaviors and needs that interfere with learning. Students as young as 4 walk into our building every day carrying enormous weight on their shoulders that many of us have never had to worry about.

How can we expect children to be attentive and ready to learn without taking care of social emotional needs?

My Project

This project will support two fifth grade classrooms of over 50 students. Students will be able to redirect their energy at their desks with stability balls, wiggle seats, chair bands, floor cushions, standing desks, stress balls, and fidget toys. A sound machine, headphones, and canopied area will provide a safe place in the classroom to calm down. Mindfulness coloring books, therapeutic putty, and fluorescent light filters will help students meet their sensory needs.

All students learn in different ways.

These self-regulation kits allow students the opportunity to reflect and begin to learn what works best for them. Self-regulation is a "muscle" that takes time to build and we want our students to begin strengthening that muscle early!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair - Classic Children's Stability Ball Chair, Child Classroom Desk Seating, Purple • Amazon Business $45.29 8 $362.32
Large Bed Tray NNEWVANTE Multifunction Laptop Desk Lap Desk Foldable Portable Standing Outdoor Camping Table, Breakfast Reading Tray Holder for Couch Floor for Adults/Students/Kids (Gentleman Black) • Amazon Business $14.40 6 $86.40
Floor Bloom Soft and Cozy Green Leaf Floor Pillow for Kids (Medium - Magic Garden Collection) (2) • Amazon Business $37.00 2 $74.00
A LOVE BRAND Mosquito Net Bed Canopy Round Lace Dome Netting Hanging Curtains Princess Play Tent Bedding for Kids Indoor Playing Reading Games House Grey • Amazon Business $25.99 2 $51.98
Time Timer Original 8 inch; 60 Minute Visual Analog Timer; Optional (On/Off) Alert; No Loud Ticking; Time Management Tool • Amazon Business $24.99 2 $49.98
Pictek White Noise Machine with Adapter, 24 Soothing Sleep Therapy Sound Options with Playing All Night or Other Timer Option, Sound Spa Relaxation Machine for Baby, Adult and Traveler • Amazon Business $22.88 2 $45.76
AmazonBasics Lightweight On-Ear Headphones - White • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Therapy Putty by Vive (3-oz each) - For Finger, Hand & Grip Strength Exercises - Extra Soft, Soft, Medium & Firm Resistance Kit - Theraputty for Occupational & Physical Therapy, Thinking & Stress • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Mydio Set of 24 Emoji Stress Balls,Stress Reliver Party Favor,Soft PU Emoji Ball, Assorted Colors,Random Pattern,Party Toys,24 Pack • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Educational Insights Fluorescent Light Filters (Tranquil Blue), Set of 4 • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Yes4All Exercise Balance Disc / Stability Disc with Hand Pump – Air Stability Wobble Cushion (Black, 14 inch) • Amazon Business $7.19 3 $21.57
Yes4All Exercise Balance Disc / Stability Disc with Hand Pump – Air Stability Wobble Cushion (Blue, 14 inch) • Amazon Business $7.19 3 $21.57
Wooden Puzzle Fidget (4-Pack) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
(Set of 10) Natural Latex Stretch Foot Bands Bouncy Chair Fidget Bands ,Workout ADHD ADD SPD Autism Sensory Needs & Stretch Foot Band for Chairs by ,Rehab or Physical Therapy • Amazon Business $19.88 1 $19.88
Angry Octopus Color Me Happy, Color Me Calm: A Self-help Kid's Coloring Book for Overcoming Anxiety, Anger, Worry, and Stress • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (48 Count) - Packaging May Vary • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Be Happy & Color!: Mindful activities & coloring pages for kids • Amazon Business $7.36 1 $7.36
The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People (The Mindfulness Coloring Series) • Amazon Business $4.44 1 $4.44

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