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Mrs. Herrera from El Paso TX is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Smart Start to Kinder

Help me give my students some essentials to help them start off their kindergarten year such as Play-Doh, pencils, and dry erase markers as well as some wireless headphones and ink cartridges.

  • $459 goal

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My Students

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use the change the world" - Nelson Mandela

A typical day in kindergarten is very active and busy.

Students continue to do much of their learning through active learning and hands-on activities. For many of my students, it is their first experience in a school setting. Many of them did not attend preschool or pre-kindergarten. They are always ready and enthusiastic about learning different things and in different ways.

As a Title I school, most of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. They are also provided with ​free breakfast daily. We have a large population of Limited English Proficient students. The kids do not see this as an obstacle. They are just as ready and eager to learn as anyone else.

Our school building definitely shows its age but as they say, it's what’s on the inside that counts. We have amazing students and wonderful teachers. We have many parents who volunteer their time on a weekly basis. Our school pride is evident as you walk through the hallways.

My Project

The first day of school, let alone kindergarten, is very important and very exciting not only for the students, but also for the parents. Many of the families that attend our school have very limited resources and incomes. I would like for them to enjoy this time in their children's education without having to worry about spending a lot of money on school supplies.

The school supplies that the kindergarten students will be using throughout the school year will help to develop their fine motor skills.

Many of the students learn how to write their name for the first time in kindergarten. But in order to strengthen their little hands and get them ready for writing, they must first work with Play-Doh. Once those muscles have been stimulated, the right type of pencil for their little hands will make a big difference. They will practice on notepads and sentence strips. We will also be using magnetic boards to continue to work on the handwriting motor skills. The dry erase markers will be used for the same purpose. By changing the writing instrument, students remain engaged and excited.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 15 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PP717 - Lakeshore Magic Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 5 $64.95
HP 63 Black & Tri-color Ink Cartridges, 2 Cartridges (F6U61AN, F6U62AN) for HP Deskjet 1112 2130 2132 3630 3632 3633 3634 3636 3637 HP ENVY 4512 4513 4520 4523 4524 HP Officejet 3830 3831 3833 4650 • Amazon Business $45.89 1 $45.89
LL628 - Double-Sided Magnetic Write & Wipe Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 5 $44.95
Elmer’s 1680 CrayonPro Electric Sharpener • Amazon Business $42.99 1 $42.99
PP506 - Classroom Supply Caddies - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
Play-Doh HASB5517BAMZ 4-Pack of Colors Gift Set Bundle (12 Cans-48 Oz) • Amazon Business $19.90 1 $19.90
Carson-Dellosa 5951 School Themed Notepad Set (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
TICONDEROGA My First Pencils, Wood-Cased #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened with Eraser, Yellow, 12-Pack (33312) • Amazon Business $5.62 2 $11.24
Black Dry Erase Markers Low Odor Fine Whiteboard Markers Thin Box of 15 • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Expo SAN81850 Towelette, 5-1/2" Width, 10" Length (Pack of 50) • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Carson Dellosa Traditional Manuscript Nameplates (2071) • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
Carson Dellosa School Bus Notepad (9206) • Amazon Business $8.27 1 $8.27
Hibery 8 Pcs Magnetic Smiley Face Circular Dry Whiteboard Eraser - Magnetic Whiteboard Eraser for Home, Office and School Classroom - Yellow • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
STN370 - Bright Colors Sentence Strips • Lakeshore Learning Materials $7.99 1 $7.99
Carson Dellosa Crayon Box Notepad (151037) • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
Expo 81505 Block Eraser Dry Erase Whiteboard Board Eraser, 5 1/8 W x 1 1/4 H - Pack of 4, Includes 5 Color Flag Set • Amazon Business $7.54 1 $7.54
Carson Dellosa Penguin Notepad (151015) • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79

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