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Mrs. Yates from Valparaiso FL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sharp Pencils = Sharp Minds

My students need sharpened Ticonderoga pencils to keep us on track with our learning and save valuable class time.

  • $187 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am biased, but I teach the best students at the best school in the world. Our students face numerous challenges, but they still work their hardest to achieve their goals daily.

Our school is a K-8 school, considered high poverty by the state, with roughly 800 students, who are largely special needs or have a parent serving in the military.

We have the second highest population of special needs children, ESE children, and children who have a one or both parents in the military in our district.

We are a Title I school with minimal resources. Every teacher at our school works to provide our students with a first-class education while helping them to overcome the many obstacles in their lives.

Our students are in before and after school care, due to one or both parents serving in the military and often deploying. Our students experience a transient life of homelessness, displacement and adjusting to new environments, expectations, and education standards due to life in the military or poverty. I strive to help my students transition fluidly through these challenges and work hard to catch them up on the curriculum they've missed.

My Project

My students lose pencils like it is their job. I honestly don't understand how they disappear so often! By the time testing comes around, every #2 pencil in the school has gone missing! There is definitely something to the theory that they are eating them!

My students need pre-sharpened pencils so they can continue learning without have to stop and sharpen a pencil.

These pencils will help every 3rd-8th grade student at my school during state testing as well. During state testing, teachers and counselors have to spend countless hours sharpening pencils after school so that there are enough for every student who tests the next day to have one. Now that Florida schools are moving back toward paper based testing, these pencils will have to be #2 pencils.

This project will not only benefit my 150 students on a daily basis, but will help our entire staff and school when state testing rolls around. Testing is a stressful enough time of the year, if you can help relieve some stress through donating to this project, we'd greatly appreciate it!

Mrs. Yates
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Graphite Pencils, 2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened, Yellow, 18 Count (13818) • Amazon Business $3.16 40 $126.40

Materials cost

$126.40

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.90

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$158.30

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$27.94

Total project goal

$186.24

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$186.24

16 Donors

-$125.76

Donations toward project cost

-$112.60

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$13.16

match offer

-$53.76

Match offer toward project cost

-$45.70

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$8.06

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$6.71

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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