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Mrs. Bowers from Riverdale UT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Smoothing Out Those Rougher Edges

Help me give my students hands-on tools to meet their needs across the board.

  • $992 goal

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My Students

As a result of families’ cautiousness during the 20-21 school year and kindergarten being optional in Utah, this year is the first experience many of my students have had inside a classroom or school. The ones who did go to school only attended half day.

My 22 students work everyday to rise to the challenge of learning how to be a student, learning how to be a community member within our class and school, and persevering through academic and social challenges.

They are amazing. They want to learn more. They want to assert their independence. They want to come to school and become better people. They also get tired and carry their own struggles. They recognize when they don’t know everything, and they try to help each other in anyway they can. My students act like siblings that love and hate each other at the same time, and they are so excited to see each other after the weekend. They make me happy to come to school every day, even when things get hard.

My Project

My students came into my classroom with a wide range of strengths and areas to grow. Some were reading at or above grade level, while even more couldn’t identify all their letters and sounds. One boy could answer almost any math problem, but was unable to write his own name. Some are natural problems solvers when it comes to friends fighting, while others have trouble waiting their turn.

I have selected a variety of items spanning literacy, math, social emotional, and fine motor skills in order to continue addressing my students’ varying needs.

Each one of my students have made wonderful, measurable growth, but there are many things with which we still need help and practice. They need help processing what’s going on at home, while being expected to perform at school. They need the chance to practice social emotional skills in a safe environment. They need the chance to improve their academic skills with a variety of materials.

At the end of the day, my goal is to have students leave my classroom a better person with a bit more knowledge. COVID-19 kept many of my students out of the classroom, out of friends’ homes, and out of what adults remember as “normal.” This is their first opportunity for a more “typical” school year. I want to continue meeting them where they are. I believe the resources requested in this project will help me challenge them and improve their skills across the board.

Mrs. Bowers
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 22 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learning Resources Number Bonds Handheld Boards, Grades K and Above, Set of 5 • School Specialty $23.02 6 $138.12
Yellow Door Emotion Stones, Set of 12 • School Specialty $29.99 4 $119.96
Dowling Magnets Double Sided Line- Ruled/Blank Magnetic Dry Erase Board • School Specialty $7.42 8 $59.36
Didax Ten-Frame Mat, 9 L x 12 W in, Grades K - 2, Pack of 10 • School Specialty $17.24 3 $51.72
School Smart Money Kit, Set of 976 • School Specialty $41.02 1 $41.02
Miniland Emotions Detective Game, 45 Pieces • School Specialty $38.02 1 $38.02
Newmark Learning MySELF I Have Feelings Books, Set of 6 • School Specialty $31.57 1 $31.57
Abilitations Abili-Putty, 4 Ounces, Set of 4 • School Specialty $28.87 1 $28.87
Barker Creek Learning Magnets, Kidwords High Frequency Words, Set of 208 • School Specialty $24.97 1 $24.97
Scholastic Guided Science Readers Set, 16 Books, Level E to F • School Specialty $20.02 1 $20.02
Junior Learning Emotion Dominoes • School Specialty $20.02 1 $20.02
CanDo Via Hand Exerciser, Black, X-Heavy Resistance • School Specialty $19.34 1 $19.34
Junior Learning 50 Emotion Activity Cards • School Specialty $18.97 1 $18.97
Scholastic Learning Puzzles: Vowels Sounds, Grades PreK-1 • School Specialty $18.97 1 $18.97
Learning Resources Pop For Word Families Game, 100 Pieces • School Specialty $17.99 1 $17.99
Junior Learning Versaboard, Large • School Specialty $15.44 1 $15.44
Junior Learning Roll-A-Word Dice • School Specialty $15.44 1 $15.44
Didax Basic Skills Puzzles: Rhyming Words, Grades 1 to 3 • School Specialty $14.24 1 $14.24
50 Sight Word Phrases For Developing & Struggling Readers, Grades PreK-2 • School Specialty $11.02 1 $11.02
CanDo Gel Squeeze Ball, Large Cylindrical, Green, Medium Resistance • School Specialty $8.62 1 $8.62
Junior Learning Rainbow Vowels, Print, 28 Pieces • School Specialty $7.72 1 $7.72
Junior Learning Sentence Flips Chart • School Specialty $7.72 1 $7.72

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