You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Menu
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

 
See this teacher's page

Mrs. Okones from W Des Moines IA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sparking Creativity and Problem Solving with STEM Bins

Help me give my students morning STEM activities, like the Design Build Engineering Centers and literacy bins to promote student creativity, challenge their thinking, and accompany our soft start school days.

  • $597 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach a diverse group of 26 kindergarten students. Our classroom is a community where the focus is on the students. They are sponges, with the ability to acquire endless amounts of knowledge. They come to school everyday with smiles, hugs, and the longing to learn everything, and anything. It is my job, to create an environment that fosters a love for learning, creating these little humans into lifelong learners.

Students thrive in an environment that is open to collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.

I want my classroom to be a place that students not only learn what they need to learn in kindergarten, but a place that sets them on a college, career ready path!

My Project

The materials I am requesting with this project, will be used daily during our soft start school day. When students come into the classroom, they are able to choose the bin that they want to work in, which will spark creativity, challenge their thinking, require them to problem solve, or allow them to practice important skills.

Children have a natural drive to play, explore, and engineer.

Providing meaningful STEM Bins, allows students to start their day with meaningful activities. All of the materials requested will have students engaged in creative, complex tasks, and encourages them to think like inventors.

The Young Architects Design Blocks, Manga-Tiles, Blocks & Blueprints Learning Center, and more, will be keep students engaged in meaningful learning opportunities that will spark their creativity, and help our young learners grow and be prepared for the future.

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

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

14 donors14 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 26 students.

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Okones is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
DG547 - Magna-Tiles® - Master Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $129.99 1 $129.99
PP750X - Design & Build Engineering Centers • Lakeshore Learning Materials $125.00 1 $125.00
FF579 - Blocks & Blueprints Learning Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
LC743 - Build the Letter Activity Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 2 $39.98
FF209 - Young Architects Design Blocks - Starter Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LA299 - Learn the Alphabet! Dough Mats • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
VR223 - Mini Stampers Marker Tub • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
SVT6022 - Magna-Tiles® Cars Expansion Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99

Materials cost

$439.91

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$30.13

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.60

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$506.64

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$89.41

Total project goal

$596.05

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$596.05

13 Donors

-$596.05

Donations toward project cost

-$506.64

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$89.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"W Des Moines","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[5400499],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"IA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":1,"name":"Early Education"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3640726,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/sparking-creativity-and-problem-solving/3640726/","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":26,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Okones","authorIds":{"5400499":{"owner":"Mrs. Okones","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3640726],"proposalHash":"-283806658","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://storage.donorschoose.net/dc_prod/images/teacher/profile/272x272/tp5400499_272x272.jpg?width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1526257346627","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":21185379,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NDc3NjI0Mw==","NjE3NDY1NQ==","NjE5MjgxMQ==","MjMyNDA2MA==","NTQwMDQ5OQ==","NTkyMjM1Mg==","NTQwNTk0Ng==","NTkwOTIwOA==","NTkxMDAzOA==","NTkwNjYwNA==","NjE5MTI2Ng==","NjA0OTM3MQ==","NjE5MjcxMg=="],"teacherId":5400499,"schoolCounty":"Polk","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"IA","name":"Iowa"}}