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Teacher Yari from Oakland CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Shine On Diamonds

Help me give my students materials that reflect their identities and diverse learning needs, such as a set of Creative Story Tablets, dry erase clipboards, sturdy plastic folders, preschool sized pencils, and learning games.

  • $767 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

In a high trauma community, school is a rare place where young people are able to interact with peers and learn about friendship, communication, conflict resolution, and what it means to be an exemplar student and caring member of a community.

Our diverse kindergarten community is located in California, and represents the highly diverse community.

Our school has one of the highest ethnic diversity index scores of all elementary schools in the district. Multiple countries and languages are represented by our students and families, of which 35 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Our school is committed to creating a space where our students can feel safe enough to open their minds and hearts to learning.

My Project

Every human is as unique as the stars in the sky. From the design of our bodies to the thoughts in our minds and the stories of our heart, no two people are identical. Unfortunately, learning spaces can be limiting in how they standardize language and structures - placing labels of "boys" and "girls", prioritizing thinking out problems over experiencing phenomena, emphasizing solutions and rightness over the journey of exploration.

This project will supplement our room with positive messages for growth mindset, provide materials from stories that challenge gender binaries to understanding number concepts through play, and create a system for celebrating every student's progress.

Our school community openly celebrates diverse families, PRIDE, and non-binary expression. We want more books that present non-binary characters as commonplace heroes. Books like When Aidan Became a Brother, Neither, The Magic Hat Shop, From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea will expand our library to represent our students.

With great diversity, we need to establish a strong foundation of connectedness, support, and community. Positive messaging through visuals about teamwork, values, growth mindset, and books like Find Your Happy! and I Can Do Hard Things will setup our students with skills to find inner strength and self-love.

We want to see our classroom as a cultural museum displaying our learning throughout the year. Folders with brads, labels, and a hole punch enable us to setup student work display areas.

Lastly, we want to promote equity through access to basic classroom materials so all students can participate. Primary journals and pencils, dry erase low profile clipboards allow for flexible mediums of expression and portability. A visual timer, school friendly playing cards, and balance monkey games offer non-traditional and differentiated options for diverse learners.

Teacher Yari
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mead Primary Journal Creative Story Tablet, Grades K-2 (09554) 12 Pack • Amazon Business $31.67 2 $63.34
Clipboard Dry Erase Surface 9'' x 12.5'' Letter Size Low Profile Clip Whiteboard (Pack of 30) • Amazon Business $42.95 1 $42.95
Dixon Ticonderoga Beginners Primary Pencils, #2, Yellow, Box of 12 (13308) 8 Pack • Amazon Business $40.66 1 $40.66
Time Timer PLUS 60 Minute Visual Analog Timer (White) Optional Alert (VolumeControl Dial) No Loud Ticking; Time Management Tool • Amazon Business $28.93 1 $28.93
Student-Driven Differentiation: 8 Steps to Harmonize Learning in the Classroom (Corwin Teaching Essentials) • Amazon Business $24.75 1 $24.75
AmazonBasics Manila File Folders with Fasteners - Letter Size, 100-Pack - AMZ201 • Amazon Business $24.39 1 $24.39
edx Education School Friendly Playing Cards - Set of 8 Decks - Includes 448 Cards - Multicolored Patterned Cards Numbered 0-13 for Gameplay - Teach Number Concepts, Counting, Matching and Probability • Amazon Business $24.29 1 $24.29
Better Office Products Green Plastic 2 Pocket Folders with Prongs, Heavyweight, Letter Size Poly Folders, 24 Pack, with 3 Metal Prongs Fastener Clips, Green • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Better Office Products Yellow Plastic 2 Pocket Folders with Prongs, Heavyweight, Letter Size Poly Folders, 24 Pack, with 3 Metal Prongs Fastener Clips, Yellow • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Better Office Products Blue Plastic 2 Pocket Folders with Prongs, Heavyweight, Letter Size Poly Folders, 24 Pack, with 3 Metal Prongs Fastener Clips, Blue • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
The Magic Hat Shop • Amazon Business $11.86 2 $23.72
CoolToys Monkey Balance Cool Math Game for Girls & Boys | Fun, Educational Children’s Gift & Kids Toy STEM Learning Ages 3+ (65-Piece Set) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
50-Pack Self-Adhesive Card Pockets with Top Open on Long Side for Loading – Half Letter Size Card Holder for Organizing and Protecting Document Paper, Signs, Crystal Clear Plastic, 5.5 x 8.8 Inches • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea • Amazon Business $17.65 1 $17.65
edx Education School Friendly Playing Cards - Jumbo Size - Set of 56 - Multicolored Patterned Cards Numbered 0-13 for Gameplay - Teach Number Concepts, Counting, Matching and Probability • Amazon Business $17.43 1 $17.43
Sproutbrite Classroom Banner Decorations and Poster Bulletin Board Set - Together We are Better • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Baby Bottle Labels for Daycare, Self-Laminating, Waterproof Write-On Name Labels, Assorted Sizes & Colors, Pack of 128 • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
One Day, The End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
When Aidan Became a Brother • Amazon Business $13.48 1 $13.48
Growth Mindset Bulletin Board Set • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Creative Teaching Press Bulletin Board Teaching Material (2959) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Just a Second • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Neither • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
Swingline 2 Hole Punch, Hole Puncher, SmartTouch, 20 Sheet Punch Capacity, Low Force, Black/Gray (74135) • Amazon Business $11.36 1 $11.36
Find Your Happy!: A Kid's Self Love Book (Empower Kids) • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88

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