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Ms. Bricker from Chicago IL is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory/Calm Down Corner for Ms. Bolton and Ms. Dec's rooms

Help me give my students a safe, calm place in the room where they can go to regulate their emotions with various sensory tools including a weighted blanket, bean bag chair, stress balls, and soothing music.

  • $908 goal

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My Students

Our school is located in the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Albany Park is considered the most diverse of all Chicago neighborhoods. Our school is 94% low-income and its graduation rate is 81%. The student body is diverse and includes 73% Hispanic, 13% black, 7% Asian, and 5% white.

For the first time, our staff and students will have two full-time social workers and four academic counselors to meet the emotional and social needs of the diverse student body.

Our school offers specialty programs that include ROTC, Culinary Arts, Health Sciences, Gaming, Early Childhood Development, and Cisco Networking. The school aims to engage the student body with a well-rounded curriculum to prepare them for post-secondary education or trade school.

My Project

Schools can be overstimulating places, especially for students who have sensory processing issues. Each week, many hours of academic instruction and social interaction are lost because a student has become dysregulated and does not have the skills or the tools to self-regulate. Because self-regulation is a skill that many children have a difficult time learning and achieving without help, we would like to provide a setting where we can help them build this important life skill.

Ms. Bolton and Ms. Dec's classrooms support 20 high school students who have mild-moderate intellectual disabilities and autism.

Our program is still in a build-out phase; last year, through the generosity of a Donor's Choose program, we were able to provide flexible seating for our students. This year, we would like to create a sensory-informed component to our classrooms to add to our culture of inclusion, acceptance, and differentiation through sensory coping strategies.

This project will be used to buy various items to help students regulate their emotions through different sensory integrations (tactile, auditory, proprioceptive). The weighted blanket will provide students' with deep pressure to help with high energy levels or regulate the nervous system, headsets can be used to block out auditory stressors, or to be used to listen to soothing sounds, and various tactile items like stress balls will be used to help increase concentration and reduce anxiety.

Ms. Bricker
Grades PreK-2

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FDP SoftScape Classic 35" Junior Bean Bag Chair, Furniture for Kids, Perfect for Reading, Playing Video Games or Relaxing, Alternative Seating for Classrooms, Daycares, Libraries or Home - Navy • Amazon Business $84.99 2 $169.98
AA480 Washable Tactile Pillows • Lakeshore Learning Materials $69.99 1 $69.99
Small Weighted Lap Blanket for Sofa Heavy Lap Pad 39in x 23in 8 Lbs - Dark Grey for Adults, Kids • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Small Weighted Lap Blanket for Sofa Heavy Lap Pad 39in x 23in 8 Lbs - Dark Grey for Adults, Kids • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
EE200 Mold Play Sensory Sand Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 2 $59.98
SE581 Rainbow Liquid Sensory Viewers • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 2 $59.98
VR154 Squish Squeeze Sensory Beads • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 2 $39.98
Secura Kitchen Timer 60-Minute Mechanical Visual Timers for Cooking, 7.5-Inch Oversize Countdown Clock for Teaching, Meeting, Facial with Magnetic Backing, Collapsible Legs, Hanging Hole (Red) • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
SE731 Sensory Rings • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
SpeedRipper Cube: Perfect for International Speed Cube Competitions - Buttery Smooth Turning - Solid & Durable, Best 3x3 Magic Puzzle - Turns Quicker Than Original • Amazon Business $12.14 2 $24.28
Cando - 258136 CanDo TheraPutty Plus Antimicrobial, 6 Piece Set, 2 oz • Amazon Business $23.84 1 $23.84
Sensory Stress Ball Set, 12 Pack Stress Relief Fidget Balls for Kids/Adults to Relax, Anxiety Relief, Decompress, Focus, Squishy Toys for Autism/ADD/ADHD, Birthday/Party Favor, Water Beads Inside • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
MYMAHDI Support TF Card USB Port Slim Small Multi-Lingual Selection 1.8 LCD Portable MP3/MP4, MP3 Player, MP4 Player, Video Player, Music Player, Media Player, Audio Player Blue • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Mymahdi MP3/MP4 Portable Player, 1.8 Inch LCD Screen and Card Slot,Max Support 64GB TF Card, Gold • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
ENJSD 3D Pin Art Toy, Unique Plastic Pin Art Board for Kids,Inspire Imagination & Challenge Sense, Innovative Boundless Creativity for Children (Dark Blue) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Peradix Hand Grip Strength Trainer, Stress Relief Ball for Adults and Kids, Wrist Rehab Therapy Hand Grip Equipment Ball Squishy - Set of 3 Finger Resistance Exercise Squeezer • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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