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Mrs. Haluska from Watervliet NY is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Sorting Out Life: One Dorm Room at a Time

Help me give my students college survival kits that include basic dorm room supplies to assist them in their first year of college transition!

  • $505 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are tenth and twelfth grade English Language Arts students. They attend a school in a high-needs, inner-city district in New York state. The school is located in an urban community with a high rate of poverty. Our district is low on resources and as a result, many supplies need to be purchased by individual teachers. My students are eager and interested in learning new things, yet our district's lack of resources hold the students back from learning to their full potential and becoming as engaged in English education as they could be.

My goal is that the students become a community of independent learners and help push each other to grow.

I do my best to teach my students through many different learning styles. We use hands-on tools, technology, books, videos, and more. We work in partners and small groups regularly, and students really work together to help each other be successful. My students come from a variety of home situations, which helps them learn academic and social skills during my English Language Arts class.

My Project

Many of my students are first generation college students. Navigating the college application and financial aid process can be cumbersome and overwhelming, especially when there is little help or support at home. After tackling college applications and the many items on their college checklist my students then face the many steps in the financial aid process. This can be a difficult time for students who are unsure how they can fund their education. These College Survival Kits will help provide seniors with some dorm room necessities, and alleviate some of the financial burden.

Help me provide my seniors with dorm room basics including power surge protectors, hangers, laundry hampers, bedding, pillows, bath towels, and shower caddies.

This project will help me provide those seniors with a College Survival Kit at. This project will help make the transition to college a little easier and make their dorm room feel a little more like home.

Mrs. Haluska
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 500 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LUCID 4 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Twin XL • Amazon Business $78.14 1 $78.14
Utopia Towels Premium 8 Piece Towel Set (Dark Grey) - 2 Bath Towels, 2 Hand Towels and 4 Washcloths Cotton Hotel Quality Super Soft and Highly Absorbent • Amazon Business $22.94 2 $45.88
AmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag - Twin/Twin Extra Long, Purple Floral • Amazon Business $38.99 1 $38.99
AmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag - Twin/Twin Extra-Long, Navy Simple Plaid • Amazon Business $37.26 1 $37.26
Swift Home All-Season Extra Soft Luxurious Classic Light-Warmth Goose Down-Alternative Comforter, Twin 68" x 90", White • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Bare Home Premium 1800 Ultra-Soft Microfiber Sheet Set Twin Extra Long - Double Brushed - Hypoallergenic - Wrinkle Resistant (Twin XL, Coral) • Amazon Business $24.70 1 $24.70
24 Pockets - SimpleHouseware Crystal Clear Over The Door Hanging Shoe Organizer, Gray (64'' x 19'') • Amazon Business $7.97 3 $23.91
AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 2-Pack, 200 Joule - Black • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
AmazonBasics Fade-Resistant Towel Set, 6-Piece, Teal • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Digital Decor Set of Two (2) Premium Gold Down Alternative Sleeping Pillows Plus 2 Free Pillowcases • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Digital Decor Set of Two 100% Cotton Hotel Down-Alternative Made in USA Pillows - Three Comfort Levels! (Silver, Standard) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Mesh Popup Laundry Hamper - Portable, Durable Handles, Collapsible for Storage and Easy to Open. Folding Pop-Up Clothes Hampers are Great for The Kids Room, College Dorm or Travel. (Black | Set of 2) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy, Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag Oxford Hanging Toiletry and Bath Organizer with 8 Storage Compartments for Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap and Other Bathroom Accessories, Black • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Attmu Portable Caddy with 8 Mesh Storage Pockets, Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag Oxford Hanging Toiletry and Bath Organizer for Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap and Other Bathroom Accessories, Black • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Whitmor Hanging Shoe Shelves - 8 Section - Closet Organizer - Grey • Amazon Business $5.46 1 $5.46

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