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Ms. K. Cox from Baltimore MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Starting School With Welcome Bags! (2019- Part 2)

Help me give my students books, Play-Doh, welcome post-cards, and math flashcards for welcome bags to start the new school year strong!

  • $412 goal

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My Students

My Pre-Kindergarten students are enthusiastic "college bound" learners! They are intelligent, young students, but the reality is that their socioeconomic status and zip codes put them at an academic disadvantage, as compared to their more affluent peers. They are in dire need of having access to quality materials, both inside and outside of the classroom. However, providing them with the supplies necessary to learn in this context is a struggle due to severe budget cuts.

For most of my students, this is their first experience in a structured learning environment.

I want to be able to make their first learning experience hands-on and fun!

My Project

The past four school years, my assistant and I made welcome bags, and gave them to our students during “Teacher Meet and Greet Night”, and on the first day of school. The book bags each included a book, Play-Doh, flash-cards, bed-time routine checkoff list, a welcome note, and classroom handbook and pamphlet. This welcome gift has been greatly appreciated by both students and parents. The gift fosters excitement towards school and learning in the students and provides parents with some academic resources to use at home. In addition, the gesture provides a way to build immediate positive and caring relationships with families at the very start of the school year. Many parents are apprehensive and anxious at the start of the school year due to previous negative school experiences and/or this being the child’s first time away from home. We would love to be able to provide our students, next year, with welcome bags, again, to help make this transition positive and supportive for everyone.

The book, play-doh, and math flash cards that we are requesting will be given directly to the students and parents at the start of the year, as part of their welcome gift to our classroom and school.

The Velcro and markers will be used to create the bed-time routine checkoff list that they can hang on their refrigerator at home. The postcards will be sent off over the summer to welcome students Pre-K! We are requesting Transition backpacks to also hand out to our students.

My students are always positive and enthusiastic "college bound" learners. We want to be able to provide them with the materials needed to positively support them in their first school experience, and academic journey. Please help provide my students, and parents, with the tools needed to be successful, motivated learners.

Ms. K. Cox
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HH970 - Ready for Preschool Backpack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 3 $74.97
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom • AKJ Education $5.83 10 $58.30
School Zone - Numbers 0-25 Flash Cards - Ages 4 to 6, Preschool and Up, Math Equations, Problem Solving, and More • Amazon Business $2.99 15 $44.85
BOISE FIREWORX Premium Multi-Use Colored Paper Popper Mix, 8.5 x 11, 5 Assorted Colors, 20 lb, 5 ream carton (2,500 Sheets) • Amazon Business $38.48 1 $38.48
ARTEZA Magnetic Dry Erase Markers with Eraser, Pack of 36 (with Fine Tip), Black Color with Low-Odor Ink, Whiteboard Pens is perfect for School, Office, or Home • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $24.25 1 $24.25
1000pcs 4/5" (20mm)Diameter Sticky Back Coins Hook and Loop Self Adhesive Dots Tapes,White • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
Teacher Created Resources Marquee Welcome Postcards • Amazon Business $3.92 2 $7.84

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