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Mrs. Olsen from Lowell MA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Soaring to Success with School Supplies!

Help me give my students school supplies to succeed and become more responsible!

  • $610 goal

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My Students

My classroom is a mix of students in every sense of the word. I have students who are special education, general education, English learners, and have social-emotional disorders. All of my students are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch. My students do not let these disadvantages get in their way. They are some of the kindest ten and eleven year olds you would ever have the privilege of meeting.

They are enthusiastic learners who work hard and persevere!

They want to learn and succeed​ but need the tools to do so. They brighten my day by saying "I missed you!" after each vacation and by coming back to visit me the following year. And at the end of class saying "That was fun." I want to give them the best education I can by fostering their enthusiasm for learning while having fun!

My Project

As part of my positive behavior reward system in my class, I give out tickets which students can turn in for various prizes: use the teacher's chair for a day, no homework pass, a trip to our classroom store to name a few. By far, the most popular reward is the classroom store. It started off as a way to reinforce accountability by having students turn in a ticket for a pencil, eraser, folders, etc. but quickly turned into so much more.

This year there are fewer pencils left on the floor or glue sticks uncapped because my students are becoming more responsible for their supplies.

My supplies are running low and I recently asked them what they wanted to have in the store. I was waiting for the requests of slime and squishies, but I underestimated these kids! All they wanted were school supplies and water! They asked for mechanical pencils, erasable pens, pencil boxes, and more notebooks.

These supplies will help fill our cabinet AKA classroom store so my students can be successful this year. These supplies will teach my 5th graders how to take care of their belongings. And these supplies will be creating a safer and more positive classroom, because my students want to earn tickets to use at the store.

Mrs. Olsen
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

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 60 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Staples Composition Notebook, 9.75" x 7.5", College Ruled, 100 Sheets, Assorted, 48/Carton (25536CT) • Staples Advantage $99.99 1 $99.99
Pilot FriXion Ball Erasable Gel-Ink Pens, Fine Point (0.7mm), Assorted, 8/Pk (31569) • Staples Advantage $16.09 5 $80.45
Crayola S&S eSSentials Easy Pack • Staples Advantage $61.99 1 $61.99
Inkology Metallic Laser Binder Pencil Cases w/ Mesh Window • Staples Advantage $40.79 1 $40.79
Nestle Pure Life Juniors Purified 8 oz. Bottled Water, 24/CS • Staples Advantage $8.49 4 $33.96
Staples Mini Magnetic Stapler, Assorted Colors • Staples Advantage $4.29 5 $21.45
Staples Invisible Tape, 1" Core, Clear, 3/4" x 1,296", 12/Pack • Staples Advantage $20.99 1 $20.99
Avery Marks-A-Lot Chisel Point Dry-Erase Marker, Assorted, 24/Pack (98188) • Staples Advantage $20.59 1 $20.59
JAM Paper Sliding Plastic Pencil Case, 5 Assorted Colors, 5/pack (21665133002) • Staples Advantage $16.49 1 $16.49
Staples Remarx Dry Erase Markers, Asst, 24pk • Staples Advantage $16.27 1 $16.27
BIC Mechanical Pencils, No. 2.5, .5mm, Assorted, 24/Pack (MPLMFP241-BLK) • Staples Advantage $4.92 3 $14.76
BIC Brite Liner Highlighters, Assorted Colors, Value Pack, 24/Pack • Staples Advantage $6.45 2 $12.90
Staples Invisible Tape Caddy Pack, 1" Core, 3/4" x 400", 4/Pack • Staples Advantage $5.49 2 $10.98
Expo Low Odor Chisel Tip Dry-Erase Markers, Assorted, 12/pk (80699) • Staples Advantage $9.89 1 $9.89
Staples Pre-Sharpened Wood Pencils, No. 2, 48/Pk • Staples Advantage $2.86 3 $8.58
Dixon 3 1/2" Pre-sharpened Golf Pencils, #2 Soft, 144/Box • Staples Advantage $5.78 1 $5.78
Staples HB Lead Refills, 0.5mm, 90/PK (10405) • Staples Advantage $0.49 10 $4.90

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