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Ms. Gutierrez from Oakland CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Supplies for Success

Help me give my students markers, pencils, a calendar, Sharpies, erasers, glue sticks and other classroom supplies.

  • $483 goal

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My Students

My students are mostly comprised of English language learners who have recently arrived in the United States, often fleeing violence in their home countries. They come from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Yemen. More than 80% of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch, and the district is facing severe budget cuts.

My students are incredibly eager to learn but it has been a challenge meeting their eagerness due to a lack of resources for my classroom.

They are very aware that the chance to study in the United States is a great opportunity that they don't want to waste. Many have had difficult journeys and experienced traumas. Some live with aunts and uncles or have brothers and sisters as guardians because their parents are back in their home countries. Yet they maintain a positive attitude toward school, good relationships with their teachers, and a love for their new country.

My Project

Being a history teacher, I make it a goal to find a comfortable medium of both writing and creative thinking in my class. Often, my assignments aim at letting my students demonstrate their ideas visually, which truly makes a difference for English Language Learners. Therefore, a bulk of the materials I am asking for will be used for assignments that get my kids creating, such as markers, construction paper, scissors, and glue. My students need basic materials for writing, having extra pencils, erasers, and highlighters (used to identify different parts of their writing, Pink is for Topic Sentences, Green is for Evidence, and Yellow for Detailed Analysis) are essential for my students to be able to further advance their writing and literacy skills. Lastly, through this project, I hope to be able to add some comforting factors into my classroom. Although I am grateful for the large size of my class, the age of my building comes with a price. Having soft lights and calming scents will help warm my classroom and build a comforting feeling to welcome my students.

10th grade is a critical year for keeping my students enrolled in school, having an opportunity to give them a History class that welcomes them and feeds their thirst for knowledge can make all the difference.

I am very fortunate of the supplies that my colleges have given me, but unfortunately, many of the supplies that my class needs are running low. I hope to be able to continue to give my students the supplies they deserve.

School is still a new adventure for many of my students, and it is my aspiration to help them find joy and excitement in education.

Ms. Gutierrez
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crayola 200 Ct Fine Line Markers, 10 Assorted Colors (58-8210) • Amazon Business $39.94 1 $39.94
Dixon Ticonderoga Woodcase Pencils with Erasers, 2HB, SIX Presharpened Boxes of 30, 180 Pencils Total (13830SP) • Amazon Business $35.82 1 $35.82
Jumbo Dry Erase Laminated Wall Calendar, Huge 24-Inch by 36-Inch Size, Monthly Planner for Home Office Classroom, Large Date Boxes, Reusable PET Film, Never Folded, Bonus 5 Markers, 8 Tacks, 1 Eraser • Amazon Business $33.95 1 $33.95
White Kraft Butcher Paper - 24" x 400' - Wrapping Paper - Made in USA - FDA Approved • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
AmazonBasics Hardboard Clipboard - 6-Pack • Amazon Business $9.96 2 $19.92
URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home Office Baby • Amazon Business $19.78 1 $19.78
Sharpie 25026 Accent Tank-Style Highlighter, Fluorescent Green, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $6.49 3 $19.47
Sharpie 25009 Sanford Brands Tank Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Fluorescent Pink, 12-Count • Amazon Business $6.48 3 $19.44
Pentel Hi-Polymer Block Eraser, Large White 36 pack (ZEH-10) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
JMEXSUSS 30V 8 Mode 200LED 82.1ft Indoor String Light Christmas Lights Fairy String Lights for Homes, Christmas Tree, Wedding Party, Room, Indoor Wall Decoration, UL588 Approved(200LED, Warm White) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Scissors, VERONES 8 Inch Soft Comfort-Grip Handles & Stainless Steel Sharp Blades Perfect for Cutting Paper, Fabric Photos, More, 15-Pack • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Sharpie Tank Style Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Fluorescent Yellow, Box of 36 (1920938) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
SunWorks Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 300 Sheets • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
Bangcool 10ft 20 LED Clip String Lights Battery Operated Photo Clip Fairy String Lights for Bedroom Christmas Memorial Valentine's Day • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens Fine Point (.7) Assorted Color Inks 7-pk; Make Mistakes Disappear, No Need For White Out with America’s #1 Selling Pen Brand • Amazon Business $10.85 1 $10.85
Lagunamoon Essential Oils Top 6 Gift Set Pure Essential Oils for Diffuser, Humidifier, Massage, Aromatherapy, Skin & Hair Care • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 7 Gram, 30 Count • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Scotch Sure Start Shipping Packaging Tape, 1.88 x 38.2 Yards, 2 Rolls and 1 Dispenser (3450S-2-1RD) • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97

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