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Mr. Cummings from Central Islip NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Special Project for Special Learners!

Help me give my students Gears, wobble chairs, wiggle cushions, board games, headphones, and other items for the ability to de-stress, handle/prevent emotional breakdowns, learn about themselves and their fellow classmates.

  • $749 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Cummings' Champions are a multi-grade 12:1:1 class. That means they are students with special needs. Many of my students are very close to their mainstream peers academically, but they struggle with impulse control, self-managing emotions, and other various social and emotional norms that others do not struggle with.

They are STUDENTS with special needs, emphasis on the STUDENT first!

I love my students because every day is a day of growth... for me! When they grow, I beam with joy; when they hurt so do I. These students help me wake up every day with a smile on my face and they remind me why I wanted to become a special education teacher!

My Project

The students in my class will benefit from the educational, sensory, and kinesthetic materials in this project. Many of the materials (such as the seat cushion, chair fidget bands, and headphones) will allow the students to operate throughout the day without missing educational time due to stimming, breakdowns, or any other such activities.

With these materials, the students will be able to grow educationally, but more importantly socially and emotionally.

These resources will allow students to learn that it is okay to be who they are and they should have no shame or embarrassment in their stimming, heightened sensitivity to light and sound, or anything else that may make them feel "different." With your help, these students and all of my students to follow will have the same opportunities to learn as their mainstream peers, all while never changing what/who they truly are... which is perfect!

Noise Reduction Headphones, wiggle chairs, boundary chairs, and chair fidget feet will allow students to stim appropriately in class while still maintaining focus on the academics. Emotion Balls, Social Skills board games, and other social and emotional supports will let the students understand that it is OK to feel differently and have emotions. They will learn how to handle their emotions and tough social situations. The Gears will help the students with their fine motor skills. The books are a very important part of this project. They will be used as curriculum builders to help the students academically, but they will be also used to help students learn about the students in their class and themselves allowing them to understand what makes them truly special individuals!

Mr. Cummings
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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13 donors13 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 12 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wiggle Cushion • AKJ Education $30.99 3 $92.97
Noise Reduction Headphones • AKJ Education $25.99 3 $77.97
Boundary Chair • AKJ Education $32.99 2 $65.98
Emotion Balls • AKJ Education $49.99 1 $49.99
Visual Support for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Materials for Visual Learners • AKJ Education $36.86 1 $36.86
Chair Fidget for Feet-Set of 2 • AKJ Education $14.99 2 $29.98
Gears! Gears! Gears!® Space Explorers Building Set • AKJ Education $29.19 1 $29.19
Social Skills Board Games, 6 • AKJ Education $26.97 1 $26.97
Gears! Gears! Gears!® 100-Piece Deluxe Building Set • AKJ Education $24.08 1 $24.08
Photo Conversation Cards for Children with Autism and Asperger's • AKJ Education $24.08 1 $24.08
Social Skills Activities for Special Children Grades K-5 • AKJ Education $24.05 1 $24.05
My Friend Has Autism • AKJ Education $18.97 1 $18.97
Bright Not Broken Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism • AKJ Education $18.21 1 $18.21
101 Games and Activities for Children With Autism Spectrum and Sensory Disorders • AKJ Education $17.10 1 $17.10
The Laws That Protect Youth with Special Needs • AKJ Education $15.99 1 $15.99
Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
ADHD in HD Brains Gone Wild • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Teaching Adolescents With Autism • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Anything but Typical • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Ian's Walk A Story About Autism • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

Materials cost

$597.54

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.96

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$636.50

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$112.32

Total project goal

$748.82

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$748.82

4 Donors

-$718.82

Donations toward project cost

-$611.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$107.82

match offer

-$30.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$25.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$4.50

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$0.00

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