You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

See this teacher's page

Ms. Spillane from Staten Island NY is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Starting Smart in September

Help me give my students an excellent start to the school year with many of the supplies they will need from day one!

  • $245 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Students who attend our school are a mixture of different economic and cultural backgrounds. We are a Title I school with over 75% qualifying for free lunch. We have an Honors Program which is designed to challenge our students to achieve beyond the expectations of their socio-economic backgrounds, of which I taught four classes (3 9th grade Honors and 1 12th grade AP Literature) last year and expect to do the same for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Our school also has a large population of students whose families are either undocumented or are new to this country through the Lottery Visa program.

As I believe that my students should not be defined by their scores, backgrounds, or finances, please know that these students are eager to learn and are living proof the American Dream is alive and well.

These students work hard and have proven to take pride in ownership of their work.

My Project

As a veteran teacher, there is only one thing I know for sure -- I will never know all the obstacles and challenges my students face when they arrive to me in September. While in an ideal world, I want them to come to school with all the supplies they need, oftentimes, that is not the case.

Rather than my classroom being another location where they may be misunderstood for not having classroom supplies, I want my classroom to be a place where my students know they can come to if they need classroom supplies.

By being able to provide pens, and pencils student will not need to feel ashamed when they need one. Having a pencil sharpener in class is important because it will prevent students from being distracted looking for a sharpened pencil. The clipboards will allow students to walk and write their observations of their peers’ work for assessment and discussion. By providing these supplies I am able to foster trust in my classroom. Fostering this trust amongst student is paramount to creating a comfortable classroom community, which is one of the most important steps to ensuring student achievement.

Ms. Spillane
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. Spillane is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pentel EnerGel Deluxe RTX Retractable Liquid Gel Pen, 0.5mm, Fine Line, Needle Tip, Blue Ink /Blue Body/ Value Set of 5 • Amazon Business $8.80 4 $35.20
BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Blue, 60-Count • Amazon Business $5.49 6 $32.94
X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue, 1 Count • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Clipboards (Set of 30) by Office Solutions Direct! ECO Friendly Hardboard Clipboard Pack, Low Profile Clip Standard A4 Letter Size, Classroom Supplies • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Pentel EnerGel RTX Retractable Metal Tip Pen, 0.7mm, 12 Assorted Colors with 2 Refills (BL77F14C) • Amazon Business $21.09 1 $21.09
Ticonderoga Pencils, Wood-Cased, Graphite #2 HB Soft, Yellow, 96-Pack (13872) • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Assorted Colors, 16 Count • Amazon Business $16.43 1 $16.43

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


7 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


match offer


Match offer toward project cost


Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"New York City","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[2926882],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"NY","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":4,"name":"High School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":4224399,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":true,"numStudents":150,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Spillane","authorIds":{"2926882":{"owner":"Ms. Spillane","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[4224399],"proposalHash":"-336607120","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20583627,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NTUwMzYyNw==","NjgxNDQ5","NjU4MzQ4NQ==","NTEzODk5Mg==","MTQ5NzgwNw==","NjczNjY4OQ==","Njc3NTg2Ng==","MjkyNjg4Mg=="],"teacherId":2926882,"schoolCounty":"Richmond (Staten Island)","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"NY","name":"New York"}}