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Mrs. O'Brien from Worcester MA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Strong and Long-lasting Communication Skills!

My students need essential office supplies such as laminating pouches, envelopes, and sheet protectors to create and protect speech and language materials.

  • $322 goal

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My Students

I work as a Speech-language pathologist in a high needs, low-income public school. Over 75% of students are from low-income homes. My school has the highest homeless population in the city at the elementary level and 100% of my students qualify for free lunch. In addition, over 70% of my students are considered English language learners.

My students, in particular, are special education students with speech and/or language disorders.

However, I often work inclusively with all students in various classrooms (grades pre-K-6). I have been popping in and out of their classrooms since preschool or kindergarten as I collaborate, support, and co-teach with other teachers in the building to build literacy and language skills.

Despite the everyday challenges these students face, my students come to school every day, eager to learn and show off their skills. Whether it be a preschooler who finally is able to ask for help, a kindergartener who can proudly answer a question about a story, or a second grader who is able to remember and retell a story for the first time, I love to see my students’ faces light up with pride for their accomplishments!

My Project

As a public school SLP in a high-needs district I often need to get very crafty with my speech and language materials. To provide my students with high quality and engaging therapy, I often create my own speech therapy materials. I do this by scouring library book sales, perusing thrift stores for used games I can repurpose, and frequent trips to the dollar store or target throughout the school year for essential office supplies. These essential materials will make it a lot easier for me to save, organize, and protect my created materials. The laminating sheets and cardstock will help me to protect printed speech sound cards, language games, social stories, and story visuals, etc by making them strong and durable. The binders, binder clips, binder rings, poly zip envelopes, and sheet protector pages will help me to store and organize the materials to make them safe and easily accessible. The Velcro helps me to create materials that are engaging and hands-on. Students can interact with the materials by adding and removing Velcro-applied visuals to a story or communication book. This is very effective at helping early communicators communicate their wants and needs.

With the use of these materials I can individualize and customize my speech and language treatment and make sure each student is getting what he or she needs to succeed in school.

Mrs. O'Brien
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LAMINATING POUCH 3ML FEL5244101 PACK OF 200 • School Specialty $42.95 1 $42.95
ENVELOPE POLY ZIP LETTER SIZE ASST PACK OF 5 • School Specialty $10.00 4 $40.00
HOOK AND LOOP COINS 3/4 INCH WHITE PACK OF 200 • School Specialty $17.88 2 $35.76
SHEET PRTCTR HVYWGHT 8.5X11 CLEAR AVE74400 PACK OF 200 • School Specialty $35.49 1 $35.49
CARDSTOCK ASTROBRIGHTS 65 LB 8 1/2X11 ASST PACK OF 250 • School Specialty $16.11 1 $16.11
PAPER INDEX CARDSTOCK 8.5X11 ASSORTED PASTEL 110# PK OF 250 • School Specialty $14.12 1 $14.12
BINDER POLYPROPYLENE 2 IN WHITE SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $5.03 2 $10.06
RING BOOK NCKL 1'' PACK OF 100 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $6.08 1 $6.08
CLIP BINDER MED 1 1/4'' BLACK PACK OF 12 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $0.83 5 $4.15
CLIP BINDER 2'' BLACK BOX OF 12 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $3.61 1 $3.61
CLIP BINDER ASSORTED PACK OF 30 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $2.83 1 $2.83

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