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Mr. McCarthy from Philadelphia PA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Starting on the Right Foot! Materials for Students

My students need lots of materials to start the year. Many of my students simply cannot afford materials. Binders, dividers, pencils, and composition books are a must!

  • $393 goal

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My Students

Think about your first day in middle school. You were scared, unsure, and generally intimidated. On top of that, you are asked to be "prepared" for class. Now imagine that you couldn't afford your school supplies. I aim to eliminate the worry, fear, and shame associated with not having materials.

My students are amazing!

I work at a charter school entirely for boys in West Philadelphia. My students come from all over the city, but have one thing in common: they all want an extraordinary education. My students are smart, powerful, and motivated. All of my students just want to be loved, validated, and respected. They also want to be empowered and given the tools they need to succeed. Last year, my students grew 1.25 years on average, surpassing their goals and what people "expected" of them. As I get better as a teacher, my students become better learners.

My Project

These materials cover the "basics" in my class. The biggest part of 6th grade is learning how to be organized, how to keep track of your materials, and how to set yourself up for success. I have a fairly intense binder-organization system, but it will all mean nothing if a student cannot afford or cannot find the materials he needs. By acquiring enough binders for about 25% of the kids, it should take care of the kids who don't have materials, and wash away the stigma of not having them. In addition, I go through pencils and dry erase markers like it is my job, as kids always need something to write with, either on paper or on my mini-white boards. All of these materials will allow my kids to start the year off on equal footing.

Without these materials, many of my students will not be equipped to succeed in my class.

The binders and composition books will be used every day, but will stay in the room. This eliminates the possibility of them getting lost, stolen, or broken. The kids will learn organization, be able to store important materials, and take pride in their learning space. If they are proud of their materials, they are more likely to be motivated to succeed.

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Mr. McCarthy
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 130 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pencils Pre-sharpened No. 2 144/box 12 Boxes of 12 • Amazon Business $13.29 7 $93.03
Mead Composition Notebook, Wide Ruled, 100 Sheets, 12 Pack (72936) • Amazon Business $19.99 3 $59.97
Cardinal Round Ring Reference Binder, 1-Inch, Black, Pack of 8 (00317-C) • Amazon Business $19.49 3 $58.47
School Smart Electric Vertical Pencil Sharpener, 6 X 4 Inches (84437) • Amazon Business $31.04 1 $31.04
Avery Write-On Tab Reference Dividers, 5-Tab, 11 x 8 1/2, White, 36 sets (11506) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Expo 2 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Oxford Ruled Index Cards, 3 x 5 Inches, White, 10 Packs of 100 (31) • Amazon Business $10.66 1 $10.66
Expo Original Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 12-Pack, Black • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Snap-N-Store 3x5 Index Card Box, Black (SNS01573) • Amazon Business $3.69 1 $3.69

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