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Ms. Deana from Saint Paul MN is requesting classroom basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Students With Special Needs Need Visual Supports!

Help me give my students with special needs materials like printer ink, a Bostitch 3-hole punch, and Nuova Premium Thermal Laminating Pouches so that I can make visuals that will support them in their PreK classroom!

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My Students

Our Pre-K students are curious, creative, and energetic four and five-year-olds! Our school is located on the east side of St. Paul, MN, where one hundred percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch. Ninety-five percent of our students are children of color. Most of our students have difficulty getting their basic needs met, much less have money for the extras. We are an inclusive setting where two-thirds of our students are typically developing and one-third have special needs like developmental delays and autism.

My Project

My students with special needs are so much more successful in their inclusive PreK classroom when they have visuals to support them in following the classroom routine, learning to follow classroom rules, and for communication support.

Visual supports are non-verbal ways for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other special education labels to communicate their needs and make sense of the world around them.

Children with autism benefit from using visual supports for a variety of reasons. Visual aids expand a child with autism’s ability to interact with his/her surroundings. They can give children a sense of autonomy and allow them to make choices and express needs. Visual aids also help children comprehend daily rhythms and have input in their activities. Perhaps most importantly, visual aids can open lines of communication between children with special needs and their caretakers.

I hand create all of the visual aids/supports for my students. I make First/Then visuals, communication supports, visual schedules, transition supports, choice boards, visual directions for large tasks broken down into smaller steps, and behavior supports. These materials require paper or cardstock, printer ink, lamination supplies, etc. All of these supplies are purchased by me personally. I would love to have these supplies available to me so I can continue to support my students with special needs and to allow them to participate fully in their inclusive PreK classroom.

Ms. Deana
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
INKNI Compatible Ink Bottle Replacement for Epson 502 T502 Refill Ink for Expression ET-2700 ET-2750 ET-3700 Workforce ET-3750 ET-4750 ST-2000 ST-3000 ST-4000 ET-7750 (Black,Cyan,Magenta,Yellow,-4P) • Amazon Business $25.89 2 $51.78
Nuova Premium Thermal Laminating Pouches, 9" x 11.5"/Letter Size/3 mil, 200 Pack (LP200H) • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
Bostitch EZ Squeeze 40 Sheet 3-Hole Punch (HP40) • Amazon Business $21.22 1 $21.22
Double Sided Picture Frame 5x7 - Acrylic Clear Picture Frames for Photo Holder, Table Menu Stand, Portrait Style Ad Frames, Bottom Load Acrylic Display, Table Numbers for Wedding, Centerpiece (6 Pack) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Neenah Exact Index Card Stock, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 90 lb, White, 250 Sheets (40311) • Amazon Business $9.48 2 $18.96
PILOT Precise V5 Stick Liquid Ink Rolling Ball Stick Pens, Extra Fine Point, Assorted Ink Colors, 10-Pack (12562) • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
Astrobrights Mega Collection Colored Cardstock, 8 xbd x 11, 65 lb/176 GSM, Ultra Blue, 320 CT. (91694)"Amazon Exclusive" - More Sheets! • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Astrobrights Mega Collection Colored Cardstock, 8 xbd x 11, 65 lb/176 gsm, Ultra Red, 320 Ct. (91682)"Amazon Exclusive" - More Sheets! • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Apache Laminating Pouches, 5 mil (5mil, Letter, 100 Pack) • Amazon Business $15.96 1 $15.96
Scotch Brand Double Sided Tape, No Liner, Strong, Engineered for Office and Home Use, 1/2 x 500 Inches, 6 Dispensered Rolls (6137H-2PC-MP), Single • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
Minomag Business Card Magnets | Peel and Stick Adhesive Magnetic Backings (Box of 100, 3.5 inch x 2 inch Magnets) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Ziploc Freezer Bags, Quart, 3 Pack, 38ct • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Half Pencils with Eraser - Golf, Classroom, Pew, Short Mini Non Toxic - Hexagon, Sharpened, 2 Pencil, (Color - Light Turquoise), (Box of 72) half gross Golf Pocket Pencils by Express Pencils • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Ziploc Big Bags, Large, 5 Count • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 8 Pack • Amazon Business $5.97 2 $11.94
Sharpie 15001 Box of 12 Sharpie King Size Chisel Tip Permanent Markers • Amazon Business $10.15 1 $10.15
Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, 6 Rolls with Dispenser, Clear, 1.88 inches x 800 inches, 1.5 inch Core, Great for Packing, Shipping & Moving (142-6) • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Magnetic Whiteboard Eraser, 48 Pack Dry Erasers Cleaner Wiper, 4 Colors, 1.97 x 1.97 Inches • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
PILOT Precise V5 Stick Liquid Ink Rolling Ball Stick Pens, Extra Fine Point, Black Ink, 4-Pack (26002) • Amazon Business $4.80 2 $9.60
Ziploc Sandwich Bags, XL, 3 Pack, 30 Ct • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Sharpie 37003 Ultra-Fine Permanent Marker, Marks on Paper and Plastic, Resist Fading and Water, AP Certified, Blue Color, Pack of 12 • Amazon Business $8.93 1 $8.93
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12 Count • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Black, 12 Count • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Mr. Sketch 1924061 Washable Scented Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 14-Count • Amazon Business $8.19 1 $8.19
Sharpie 37002 Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Red, 12 Count • Amazon Business $7.08 1 $7.08

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