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Mrs. McGurk from Philadelphia PA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Start Off With Success

My students need school supplies like notebooks, glue, markers, whiteboards, and scissors to start the year off successfully. These are materials my students use on a daily basis and often start the year off scrambling to obtain.

  • $615 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My 9th, 10th and 11th grade students mostly come from low-income households in the Philadelphia area. The students I work with are in inclusion classes, some for just math, others for just English and some in all inclusion classes. As a team, the special education departments works with them using progress monitoring tools to help them meet the goals in their IEPs. More often than not, school supplies and materials needed for them to be successful in their daily classroom activities are unable to be afforded by them or their parents

Helping these students maintain their basic ability to complete every day classroom tasks is something I hope to start the next year off with.

I want to ensure that they are starting the school year with the tools they need to be successful.

My Project

As I am about to end my first year at MBA, I am reflecting on how the year went and what I can do in the next school year to enable my students to be as successful as possible. One thing that struck my mind was school supplies. I thought about materials they could be using and those required that may have been a struggle for some of my students to pay for. In the math classes I work in, we use interactive notebooks to facilitate different learning styles. Essential materials such as notebooks, glue and scissors set my students up to be successful in learning strategies such as organization along with content knowledge. In addition, a great way for me as a teacher to facilitate understanding of content is through the use of mini whiteboards for individualized practice or as a group in games to review material. Also, as I prepare my students for state testing, we use highlighters to identify key words and phrases for better understanding of what the questions are asking. These are just a few of the materials I have requested for my students, but all will be used in meaningful ways to foster a love for learning and academic achievement. I recognized that some students started off behind their peers due to lack of materials and am hoping through donors choose, together we can assist in their success.

Mrs. McGurk
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Expo Low Odor Dry-Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Black, 12/pk (80001) • Staples Advantage $9.96 5 $49.80
BIC Xtra-Life Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 48/Pack (MP48BLK) • Staples Advantage $15.89 3 $47.67
Staples Wire Mesh Drawer Storage, Black, 2 7/10"H x 16"W x 6"D • Staples Advantage $11.99 3 $35.97
Ashley Chalk Design Mini Whiteboard Erasers, Lightweight, Comfortable Grip, Multicolor, 10/Pack • Staples Advantage $10.39 3 $31.17
Bankers Box Magazine File Holders, 13"H x 4 1/4"W x 12 1/4", Assorted Colors, 6/Pk • Staples Advantage $10.30 3 $30.90
Staples Accel Strong Wirebound 3-Subject Notebooks, 8 1/2" x 11", College Ruled, 150 Sheets (20037) • Staples Advantage $3.09 10 $30.90
Staples Tape with Dispenser, 1" Core, Clear, 3/4"W x 1296", 16 Rolls/Bx • Staples Advantage $29.99 1 $29.99
Post-it Notes, 3" x 3", Jaipur Collection, 14 Pads/Pack (654-14AU) • Staples Advantage $19.99 1 $19.99
Staples Hanging File Folders, 5-Tab, Letter, Standard Green, Box/50 • Staples Advantage $19.19 1 $19.19
Staples Wire Mesh Extra Large Drawer Organizer, Black, 15" x 12" x 2.3" • Staples Advantage $18.99 1 $18.99
Staples Colored Top-Tab File Folders, 3 Tab, 9 Color Assortment, Letter Size, 100/Pack • Staples Advantage $18.59 1 $18.59
2018-2019 Staples 14 7/8" x 11 7/8" Medium Academic Monthly Wall Calendar, 12 Months, Assorted Kaleidoscope (27110-18) • Staples Advantage $18.29 1 $18.29
Staples Multipack Binder Clips, Medium, 1 1/4" Width, 5/8" Capacity, 144/Pk • Staples Advantage $16.69 1 $16.69
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers, Assorted Fashion Colors, 24/pk (75846) • Staples Advantage $14.31 1 $14.31
Westcott Value Line Stainless Steel 8" Scissors, 3/Pack • Staples Advantage $11.99 1 $11.99
Paper Mate Pink Pearl Eraser, Medium, 24/pk (70520) (70520) • Staples Advantage $9.99 1 $9.99
Staples Paper Clips, Jumbo, Smooth, 1000/Pk • Staples Advantage $9.49 1 $9.49
Swingline Commercial Desktop Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black (44401) • Staples Advantage $8.99 1 $8.99
Elmer's Glue Sticks, All-Purpose, 30/Pack • Staples Advantage $8.97 1 $8.97
Staples Standard Staples; 1/4", 5 Boxes of 5,000 Staples, Total 25,000 Staples • Staples Advantage $7.99 1 $7.99
BIC Round Stic Xtra-Life Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black Ink, 60/Pack (GSM609-BLK) • Staples Advantage $6.49 1 $6.49
Expo Dry-Erase Starter Set, Low Odor (80653) • Staples Advantage $5.54 1 $5.54
Staples Twin-Pocket Portfolios, Dark Blue, 10/Pk • Staples Advantage $5.49 1 $5.49
Staples Twin-Pocket Portfolios, Red, 10/Pk • Staples Advantage $5.49 1 $5.49
Staples Twin-Pocket Portfolios, Green, 10/Pk • Staples Advantage $5.49 1 $5.49
Bella Storage Solutions Snap Lid Shoe Box; 6qt., Clear with Blue Tint Lid • Staples Advantage $1.29 4 $5.16
Staples Pre-Sharpened Wood Pencils, No. 2, 48/Pk • Staples Advantage $2.86 1 $2.86
BIC Brite Liner Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Green, Dozen (65556/BL11GR) • Staples Advantage $2.67 1 $2.67
BIC Brite Liner Pen Style Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Pink, Dozen (BL11Pk) • Staples Advantage $2.67 1 $2.67
Expo Dry-Erase Cleaner, 8 oz. (81803) • Staples Advantage $2.24 1 $2.24
Staples Dry-Erase Board Eraser 4.7"L x 1.8"W, Black (13612) • Staples Advantage $0.70 2 $1.40

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