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Mrs. Gabriel from Durham NC is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory Success for Sensational Students

My students need better sensory resources to be able to focus and learn!

  • $645 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Unique. Funny. Inspiring. Sweet. Caring. Loud. Impressive. Wonderful. Stubborn. Inventive. Smart. Hard-working. Loving.

The students in my class are all of these things and more!

I feel so privileged to know and teach each and every one of my students each day. All of my students have been diagnosed with Autism, which is a neurobehavioral disorder that is characterized by impairments in communication and social interactions. More often than not, children diagnosed with Autism also have sensory processing issues. Most of my students enjoy bouncing on a trampoline and yoga balls, being squeezed tightly, shaking and rattling things, and different textured items. They dislike loud noises and bright lighting. If they have access to these types sensory outputs, they can focus more on learning when it's time to concentrate!

My Project

I would love to be able to fill my classroom with these types of resources so that my students are able to reach their full potential.

Our sensory room is a shared space with only a trampoline and a few yoga balls.

This area could be a wonderful resource and safe space for my students to calm down, regroup, and prepare to reenter our classroom. We would be so lucky to have any of these resources, and I am so excited for the potential help that they would bring! It would be wonderful to have a soft and cushy floor for the sensory room. The “Sivan Health and Fitness Puzzle Exercise Mats” would help our room (with very hard floors) be way safer for my students. The “HearTek Kids Earmuff” noise cancelling headphones will help out my students who are sensitive to loud noises. We have a few yoga balls in our room already, but the handles on the “Space Hopper Balls” will allow for safer bouncing to relieve some sensory struggles. Items like the “Art 3D Liquid Dance Floor” tiles, “LED Calming Autism Sensory Light Projector,” “Sensory Slap Fidget Bracelet,” “KeNeer 7 pack Stretchy String Fidget,” and “Spiky Sensory Ring Fidget Toy” will be key to our calm down area. Out of everything, though, I am the most excited for the “Driftsun Hammock Pod,” the “ECR4Kids Gaming Rocker,” and the “Abilitations Inflatable Pea Pod!” These will create a perfect vestibular input for my students who desperately crave that type of sensation and help them relax and feel safe.

All of the products in my list were carefully chosen with my specific students in mind and will hopefully benefit this classroom for years to come.

Mrs. Gabriel
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Abilitations 1512739 Inflatable Pea Pod, Kindergarten to 1, 4 to 7 Years, 20" Height, 29" Wide, 48" Length, Vinyl, Junior, Green • Amazon Business $74.99 1 $74.99
Sivan Health and Fitness Puzzle Exercise Mat Colorful 6 EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles Each Tile Measures 24”x24” Total of 24sq ft • Amazon Business $22.09 3 $66.27
ECR4Kids SoftZone Kids Gaming Rocker - Soft Foam Chair for Movies, Reading or TV - Black • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Driftsun Hammock Pod Kids Swing/Outdoor and Indoor Children's Hammock Chair Nook Sensory Seat - Hardware Included (Blue) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Bouncy Chair Fidget Bands (12-Pack) - Improves Focus in the Classroom for School Kids and Students – Works for ADD ADHD Autism Sensory Needs - Bounce & Stretch Foot Band – Silent and Non-Disruptive • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Art3d Non-Toxic Children Play & Exercise Mat - Puzzle Play Mat for Kids, Toddlers or Baby, 12" X 12" Green-Yellow • Amazon Business $19.49 1 $19.49
Art3d Liquid Dance Floor Colorful Home Decor Tile, 12" x 12" Pink • Amazon Business $18.50 1 $18.50
Art3d Liquid Fusion Floor Children Develop Mat Shapes, 12" X 12" Yellow-Red • Amazon Business $18.30 1 $18.30
Art3d Fancy Floor Tile For Kids Room Liquid Encased Floor Tile, 12" X 12" Blue • Amazon Business $18.30 1 $18.30
HearTek Kids Earmuffs Hearing Protection with Travel Bag- Junior Defenders Ear Muff - Noise Reduction, Cancelling, Blocking Protectors For Children, Small Adult, Baby, Boys, Girls, Women - Adjustable • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
HearTek Kids Earmuffs Hearing Protection with Travel Bag- Junior Ear Defenders For Children, Padded Ear Protection, Small Adults, Women - Adjustable Protector Noise Reduction Ear Muffs - Dark Green • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
HearTek Kids Earmuffs Hearing Protection with Travel Bag- Junior Defenders Ear Muff - Noise Reduction, Cancelling, Blocking Protectors For Children, Small Adult, Baby, Boys, Girls, Women - Adjustable • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
LED Calming Autism Sensory Light Projector Toy Relax Blue Night Music Projection • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Sensory Slap Fidget Bracelet Bands - 2-Pack - Quiet Tactile Stimulation For ADHD, Autism, Special Needs Kids - Helps Girls & Boys with Stimming Fidgeting and Focus - by Solace (Red & Blue) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Space Hopper Ball with Air Pump: 20in/50cm Diameter for Ages 7-9, Hop Ball, Kangaroo Bouncer, Hoppity Hop, Jumping Ball, Sit & Bounce • Amazon Business $12.44 1 $12.44
Space Hopper Ball with Air Pump: 20in/50cm Diameter for Ages 7-9, Hop Ball, Kangaroo Bouncer, Hoppity Hop, Jumping Ball, Sit & Bounce • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
KeNeer 7Pack Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys - Relieve Stress, and Increase Patience - Build Resistance Squeeze, Pull - Good for kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Spiky Sensory Ring / Bracelet Fidget Toy (Pack of 3) - BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free - Fidget Toys / Sensory Toys • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Space Hopper Ball with Air Pump: 20in/50cm Diameter for Ages 7-9, Hop Ball, Kangaroo Bouncer, Hoppity Hop, Jumping Ball, Sit & Bounce • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90

Materials cost

$473.45

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$36.93

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.10

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$547.48

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$96.61

Total project goal

$644.09

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$644.09

5 Donors

-$495.00

Donations toward project cost

-$420.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$74.25

match offer

-$149.09

Match offer toward project cost

-$126.73

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.36

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$0.00

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