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Mrs. Maureen DiPace from Meriden CT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Student Support Center -Mindfulness Supplies

Help me give my students the supplies needed to make our new student support center a more mindful area where disengaged students can calm down, meditate and process their thoughts.

  • $488 goal

This project expired on May 3, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My school is an inner-city school in which most of the population will be the first in their family to attend college. Many of my students are minority, immigrants or first-generation Americans like myself. Their parents work hard to provide a safe home environment for them with few resources. Our school is a compassionate place to work where the staff gives unconditionally to our students and families. We are currently changing our in school suspension room into a student support center which forests self-reflection and ownership through restorative practice and mindfulness.

My Project

This school year we have changed our current In School Suspension Room into the new "Student Support Center" where we are using Restorative Practices for students to take ownership of their actions and begin the healing process. As an Equity Leadership Project, I am part of a team of teachers who are elevating our mindfulness practices at our school. Currently, when students are assigned to the Student Support Center they participate in healing circles and Mindful Meditation. A Restorative Practice approach is leading the change in how we handle disengaged students who are struggling with behavior problems, class cuts, and truancy.

Through this project, we are continuing our efforts to make the center a mindful environment with various activities centering around self-awareness and worth.

This project will supply the room with a mediation lamp which has relaxing music and essential oils diffuser creating a calming environment for where disengaged students can build connections with other students and teachers. Currently the student support room has white walls and we want to create a calming atmosphere for our students and staff to connect and do the work needed for our students to feel comfortable in school. The artwork represents our students cultural and urban background making the space there own. If the students feel welcomed in the support center then we can assist them with their situations that are facing during the school day getting them back on track and back into the classroom. This work has been beneficial to our students and we are already seeing a decrease in truancy and disengagement.

Through this project we will continue using our mindful and restorative practices to change the culture of how we interact with our disengaged and at-risk student population at our school.

Mrs. Maureen DiPace
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 950 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
iHome Zenergy Meditative Light and Sound Therapy Salt Rock Genuine Himalayan Salt Lamp Speaker, Calming, Soothing, Sleep Easy, Crystal Large Salt Rock Lamp • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Pi Art African American Gold Wall Art, Canvas Print Wall Painting Modern Home Decor, Stretched Ready to Hang (24x24 inch, A) • Amazon Business $49.90 1 $49.90
EB Brands Giant Chess Set • Staples Advantage $39.99 1 $39.99
Aromatherapy Essential oil Diffuser With Wood Grain Ultrasonic Aroma Cool Mist Humidifier 200ML air Humidifier for Office Home Bedroom Living Room Study Yoga Spa Relieve Stress • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Brightown 48Ft Weatherproof Outdoor Patio String Lights with E26 Base Sockets & S14 Bulbs, Hanging Market Cafe Edison Vintage Strand for Deckyard Backyard Bistro Pergola Wedding Gathering Party, Black • Amazon Business $30.99 1 $30.99
FUN FIDGET! SET OF 5 • School Specialty $24.63 1 $24.63
By Being Yourself Inspirational Wall Art Quotes 8x10 Print Blue Green and Teal Inspirational Gifts for Friends Meditation Decor • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
SARA NELL Tapestry African American Women Art Tapestries Wall Art Hippie Bedroom Living Room Dorm Wall Hanging Throw Bedspread 50"×60" (5060inch, African American Women Letter Hair Letter Art) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
SARA NELL Tapestry African American Women Hair Art Tapestries Wall Art Hippie Bedroom Living Room Dorm Wall Hanging Throw Tablecloth Bedspread 50"×60" • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Tanmit 40 Color Dual Tips Art Markers, Permanent Marker Highlighter Pens with Case for Adult Coloring Drawing Sketching Highlighting and Underlining • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Smart Color Art 100 Colors Gel Pens Set for Adult Coloring Books Drawing Painting Writing • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Cards for Calm: A Therapy Tool to Combat Anxiety and Negative Thinking • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
MajesticPure Aromatherapy Essential Oils Set, Includes Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Lemon, Tea Tree & Rosemary Oils - Pack of 6-10 ml each • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Stress Less Cards - 50 Inspirational Mindfulness & Meditation Exercises | Helps Relieve Stress, Anxiety | Natural Relaxation, Insomnia & Sleep Aid • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99

Materials cost

$376.41

Vendor shipping charges

$2.46

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.65

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$414.52

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$73.15

Total project goal

$487.67

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$487.67

1 Donor

-$82.90

Donations toward project cost

-$82.90

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$390.14

Match offer toward project cost

-$331.62

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$58.52

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.63

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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