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Mrs. Coulter from Orange TX is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Starting Over After Hurricane Harvey

My students need paper lanterns, balance ball chairs, and a storage cart for a bright, engaging stress-free learning environment after our community suffered so much loss from Hurricane Harvey.

  • $553 goal

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My Students

I work at a school located in a very small community that sits on the southern state line of Texas and Louisiana. I’ve been here for 20 years and I’ve always known we were more of a family; but, that belief was tested and confirmed when two days before the first day of the school year Hurricane Harvey devastated our town. Of the 900 students we service, 600 were directly affected by the storm. Many lost everything. Not only possessions, but their very homes. Our entire Junior High campus was relocated to the high school. This one building is now functioning as two whole schools with two entire sets of staff, and two entire student populations. We created classrooms in any and every available space, including gyms, closets, foyers, and dressing rooms. We’ve each had to create our “classrooms” from extremely limited furnishings and, for the most part, without technology.

My Project

After so many of my students suffered such great personal loss, due to Hurricane Harvey, I want to create a bright, engaging and safe place for them to learn. My students are dealing with harsh realities and extreme chaos, in their daily lives, trying to recover and rebuild from the storm. School should be a safe refuge. I want to create a space where they can escape from stress and anxiety, that is also a functioning learning environment.

We were out of our building and in several "temporary" classrooms, last year.

This year we will return to our campus, but most of us are starting over from scratch. Flexible seating options, stress relievers, and a soothing environment will benefit our students tremendously. We will use the balance ball yoga chair and welcome saddle for flexible seating options. The bouncy kick fit chair bands will help students focus by allowing them to move without distracting others. The Lochas indoor rug will a chat the room and make it feel homey. The educational light filters will help students with focus and visual challenges, such as dyslexia. The Modway Ripple Back Office Chair will be used for individual writing conferences with students. The mobile 3 tier utility cart will be used for art supplies to incorporate art into our daily journals and writing projects. The artificial tropical fish will promote relaxation and a calming environment for students.

Mrs. Coulter
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Modway Ripple Mid Back Office Chair, Orange • Amazon Business $75.59 1 $75.59
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair – Exercise Stability Yoga Ball Premium Ergonomic Chair for Home and Office Desk with Air Pump, Exercise Guide and Satisfaction Guarantee, Green • Amazon Business $59.98 1 $59.98
Chair Bands for ADHD Kids - (12-Pack) Bouncy Kick Fidgets for Elementary, Middle, High School Students and Adults - Best for Classroom Chairs and Desk - (Light Blue) Fidget Feet Band by Feety • Amazon Business $27.99 2 $55.98
3-Tier Metal Mesh Storage Utility Cart with Brake Caster wheels, Rolling Cart with Removable Handle, Turquoise • Amazon Business $54.99 1 $54.99
LOCHAS Soft Indoor Modern Area Rugs Fluffy Living Room Carpets Suitable for Children Bedroom Decor Nursery Rugs 4 Feet by 5.3 Feet (Blue) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Lightahead Artificial Tropical Fish Aquarium Decorative Lamp Virtual Ocean in Motion • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Winsome Saddle Seat 24-Inch Counter Stool, Walnut • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
Educational Insights Fluorescent Light Filters (Tranquil Blue), Set of 4 • Amazon Business $23.56 1 $23.56
Ikea 301.451.29 Floor Uplight/Reading Lamp, White • Amazon Business $22.93 1 $22.93
Silver Springs Relaxation Fountain | Illuminated Waterfall, Natural Stones, Soothing Sounds, Tabletop Zen Fountain | Indoor or Outdoor, On/Off Switch, Automatic Pump | EnviraScape HoMedics • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
B-right 14.8ft Globe String Lights, Battery Powered 8 Modes Outdoor Waterproof Decorative String Lights for Bedroom Patio Garden Parties Wedding, 40 LED Warm White • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Motivational and Inspirational Posters and Classroom Decorations Wall Art Quotes. Multicolor, Perfect for Office or Kids Room. Chalkboard Positive Quotes, Great Back to School Gifts. Set of 4 11x17” • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Just Artifacts 8" Turquoise Chinese Japanese Paper Lanterns (Set of 5) – More colors & Sizes! • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48

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