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Mrs. Hotz from Omaha NE is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory Zen Den

Help me give my students a zen room in our school to regulate emotions and practice mindfulness with comfortable seating, calming activities, and multiple sensory tools.

  • $849 goal

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My Students

My students are PK-6th grade students in urban Omaha, Nebraska and our school serves a wide range of racially, ethnically, socioeconomically diverse students. With that comes multiple forms of trauma causing much stress/anxiety, aggression/anger, and impaired concentration and attention in class.

With over 95% percent of our population receiving free and reduced lunch and 17 different languages represented within our school, we are unique even compared to other schools in our neighboring areas.

Trauma can be detrimental to students' academic achievement, social/emotional development, and post-secondary success. For many students, school is their safe place providing the most structure. This space would best support individual students living with and experiencing trauma and will create and maintain a safe, supportive, trauma-sensitive school.

My Project

For many students with trauma and sensory issues, having access to a sensory room would mean having a safe space of their own to feel regulated and calm. This will greatly improve academic engagement and benefit not only students, but also staff members in being proactive.

This space would provide students with different sensory options and to help them gain a sense of control.

The requested materials will assist in decreasing anxiety and aggression while increasing attention spans and supporting emotional regulation. These interventions will help students cope with the various challenges they face each day while learning appropriate coping skills. We look forward to providing this calm and inviting space at our school! Thank you for your consideration in providing this calm and inviting space.

Mrs. Hotz
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Art3d Liquid Fusion Activity Play Centers for Children, Toddler, Teens, 12" X 12" Pack of 9 Tiles • Amazon Business $129.00 1 $129.00
Build Me Emotions • LEGO Education $78.95 1 $78.95
ANCHEER Kids Trampoline with Safely Handrail,36'' Outdoor Mini Toddler Rebounder Trampoline,Indoor Small Trampoline for Kids,Safe & Portable & Foldable & Durable for Kid Exercise & Play. (Blue) • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
TickiT Silishapes Sensory Circles - Set of 10 - Calming Sensory Toy for Kids - Assists Autistic Toddlers & Children • Amazon Business $54.50 1 $54.50
Cchainway Folding Hanging Pod Swing Seat Child Swing Chair Indoor and Outdoor Hammock Chair for Kids, 100% Cotton Hardware Accessories Included (Blue) • Amazon Business $31.69 1 $31.69
ShadeMAGIC Fluorescent Light Covers for Classroom Office - Light Filter Pack of (4); Eliminate Harsh Glare That Causing Eyestrain and Head Strain. Office & Classroom Decorations. Light Diffusers (4) • Amazon Business $30.99 1 $30.99
Butterfly Craze Kids Floor Pillow Fold Out Lounger Fabric Cover for Bed and Game Rooms, Reading, Beanbag, Ottoman, Recliner, Chair, Couch Alternative. Blue. Queen Pillows Not Included • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Find it Games - Kids Edition - The Original Hidden Object Search Adventure - Age 6+ • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Playlearn Sensory Glitter Calm Down Jar with LED Lights - Sensory Tube Fidget Toy - Gold and Silver - 2 Pack - Focusing and Relaxing Tool for All Ages • Amazon Business $21.00 1 $21.00
LEVOIT Kana Salt Lamp, Himalayan/Hymilain Pink Crystal Large Sea Rock, Night Light, with Real Rubber Wood Base, Dimmable Touch Switch, Holiday Gift, ETL Certified, 2 Extra Bulbs • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
PURA D'OR Perfect 10 Essential Oil Wood Box Set 10mL USDA Organic 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade (Tea Tree-Lemon-Lavender-Sweet Orange-Rosemary-Lemongrass-Frankincense-Peppermint-Eucalyptus-Cedarwood) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Kinetic Sand, Castle Containers 10-Color Pack for Kids Aged 3 and Up, Multicolor • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Rainmaker 12 inch Rain stick for babies Rattle Tube Rain Stick Shaker Music Sensory Auditory Instrument Toy For baby child girl (12 inch) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Playlearn Glitter Wand, Magic Wonder Tube 6 Inch - Sensory Toy Wonder Magic Wands for Kids - 4 Different Multicolored Tubes Medium Size • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Gokul Handloom Indian Large Mandala Floor Pillow Comfortable Home Car Bed Sofa Large Mandala Floor Pillows Round Bohemian Meditation Cushion Cover Ottoman Pouf Cover • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
ToyVelt Kids Carpet Playmat Car Rug City Life Educational Road Traffic Carpet Multi Color Play Mat - Large 60" x 32" Best Kids Rugs for Playroom & Kid Bedroom for Ages 3-12 Years Old • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
JOYIN 25 Piece Pull Back City Cars and Trucks Toy Vehicles Set for Toddlers, Girls and Boys Kids Play Set, Die-Cast Car Set • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
ITFRO in a World You Can Be Anything Be Kind Lumbar Waist Black Burlap Pillow Case Pillow Shams Cushion Cover Office Classroom Bedroom Oblong Long 12x20 Inch • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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