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Ms. Buchanan from Lawrence MA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Student Pencil Cases and Supplies

My students need glue sticks, sticky notes, and pencil cases to organize their supplies and help improve their note-taking skills.

  • $263 goal

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My Students

Picture this: dried up glue sticks on the floor, broken pens on all the desks, zip-lock bags with student names on them that have long been abandoned on our class supplies table.... this is what my classroom looks like everyday. We need a new organizational routine!

My students come from low-income households, and are primarily recent immigrants to the U.S.

from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Most of them, though a few years into high school, are still learning basic academic skills such as organization and note-taking. Though we have some supplies purchased through our school, we are in need of some basic tools to help us learn, and most of my students cannot afford these on their own.

My Project

Everyday in my classroom, my students explore math, and learn how to problem-solve. We do this primarily through the co-construction of content notes. I model for them some note-taking skills, but they are learning to create their own useful notes, by trying problems, and then revising them in other colors in collaboration with classmates. Often, they have diagrams or graphs to glue in to their notes so that we do not waste time copying down pictures, and that is where the gluesticks come in. One of the strategies we are learning for note-taking is using sticky notes as reminders of things to get extra help with, or things to study for upcoming tests. We already have highlighters and other color pens, but we need some pencil cases to keep it all organized!

At the beginning of the year, I gave each of my students a plastic baggie with their name on it in which to keep their supplies.

The vast majority of these bags are now lost, or ripped. Having pencil cases that can go into their binders will aid my students' organization, and give them a sense of accountability and ownership for their own supplies.

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Ms. Buchanan
Grades 9-12
  • Health & Human Services High School
  • Lawrence, MA
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Advantus Binder Pencil Pouch, 10" x 7 3/8", Black/Clear • Staples Advantage $2.89 50 $144.50
Redi-Tag Self-Stick Notes, Blank, Assorted Neon Colors, 1 1/2" x 2", 12/Pk • Staples Advantage $7.89 4 $31.56
Elmer's Clear Glue Stick Class Pack, .24oz, 30/Pk • Staples Advantage $7.17 2 $14.34

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