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Mrs. Manning from Flemingsburg KY is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sharpen Our First Grade Writing Skills!

My students need 2 all-size electric pencil sharpeners.

  • $142 goal

This project expired on July 11, 2010.

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First grade is fighting frustration with our out dated, inefficient, time-consuming, mechanical pencil sharpeners! Our high-need district uses every resource we have to better meet the needs of our students, but this is one area we need your help with!

We are a classroom full of eager and emergent writers with creative ideas and so much to say on paper, but we are lacking the resources to accomplish our many writing goals. These independent first graders are responsible for sharpening their own pencils for the day as part of their bell work, but are struggling with the two mechanical, wall-mounted sharpeners we've had to use for the past few years. Students are using a surplus of time sharpening pencils, only to find that they are dull or broken within a few hours.

My classroom needs two all-size electric pencil sharpeners to speed up our daily pencil sharpening procedure and allow us to spend more time on what really matters -writing, writing and writing! Mechanical pencil sharpeners are not appropriate for first grade students. They are difficult to crank and often leave pencils dull or with loose lead. Electric pencil sharpeners will provide all students access to nice pencils to use as they learn how to spell, write sentences, and share their wonderful thoughts with the world through writing. This new tool will inspire first graders to open up to and further their writing after the frustration of pencil difficulties are gone! I know my whole class will be happier and more productive with new pencil sharpeners. I will be able to spend more time working with small groups of children when I no longer have to take time to help children use the mechanical sharpeners. The children will have more time to devote to their work as well.

Your help will promise my students an easier, more effective way to prepare themselves for a brand new day at school. The first part of our day will go from being stressful and hectic with pencil problems to effective with pencil perfection! I can't wait to share with you the difference this makes in my students' writing and in my use of time with them in the classroom.

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

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This project will reach 25 students.

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HU36 - All-Size Electric Pencil Sharpener • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 2 $99.90

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