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Mr. Williams from Memphis TN is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Support Young African American STEM Scientists in North Memphis!

My students need pencils, pens, erasers, markers, coloring pencils, STEM science motivation materials, whiteboard markers, notebook paper and other materials.

  • $619 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My scholars are very creative, thoughtful and extremely inquisitive! They learn very well from hands-on, active, engaging projects and challenges that allow them to think outside the box to find solutions! They come to school each day asking me new questions, ready to try new experiments, and try their absolute best to grow - both academically and personally. Truly, they are my daily inspiration!

Many scholars in my classroom contact me at night or come in the next day saying they had difficulty completing their practice and homework assignments at home because of the lack of supplies and resources.

As a result, I often use my planning periods, lunch, recess, after school time, and even some Saturdays to meet with students with supplies so that their work can be completed. Each child in my classroom absolutely loves learning and the data proves that! We incorporate a variety of learning strategies, scientific research opportunities, group work, experiments, character growth, and differentiated learning options to ensure that each student's needs are met, right where they are! They are truly an incredible group, and I am so blessed and thankful to have a new group of scientific learners this upcoming year!

My Project

I love colorful, bright, and interactive classrooms. This make the environment more conducive for learning. The bean bags will be used to add a little touch to their learning environment. I want them to be as comfortable as possible! I often use whiteboards in my daily lessons as a method to gather real time data, so the classroom set of dry erase markers will be helpful in making sure all students will have the materials they need to answer questions. The whiteboards allow me to see exactly what they are doing, as well as provide an easy place for them to show and share their work with others. What becomes a problem is the fact that the markers never seem to last due to consistent usage. The pencils, pens, markers, construction paper, and coloring pencils will be used so that my scholars can keep a sufficient Science interactive notebook all year. This notebook will avoid students from having to carry multiple binders and folders and allow them to show their creativity, scientific writing skills, research ideas, prototype designs, daily notes, and more.

By donating to our project, you will not only help to increase student engagement, you will ultimately help to increase their scientific academic achievement that will help propel them into the future.

Students will be able to concentrate on the academic material at hand, and not whether if we have the materials or if they are going to work or not. They will be able to succeed in more STEM related activities, increase their scientific writing and research skills, boost their critical thinking, and spark their creativity. All this will help close the STEM achievement gap in minorities and at the same time, make learning the sciences more interesting and fun!

Mr. Williams
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 180 students.

9 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Joe Bean Bag, 98-Inch, Sapphire • Amazon Business $35.00 2 $70.00
SKKSTATIONERY Pre-sharpened pencils, Pencils Sharpened with eraser top, #2 HB pencil, 144/box. • Amazon Business $12.25 5 $61.25
Crayola Bulk Markers, Ultra Clean, Broad Line, 200 Count Classpack, Washable • Amazon Business $54.89 1 $54.89
June Gold 39 Assorted Colored Dry Erase Whiteboard Markers, 13 Unique Colors, Chisel Tip, Low Odor, Comfortable Grip & Vivid Lines • Amazon Business $19.97 2 $39.94
Sargent Art 36 Count Premium Pink Eraser Class Pack, Best Buy Assortment, 36-1012 • Amazon Business $11.99 3 $35.97
Oxford Filler Paper, 8-1/2" x 11", College Rule, 3-Hole Punched, Loose-Leaf Paper for 3-Ring Binders, 500 Sheets Per Pack (62349) • Amazon Business $10.85 3 $32.55
Crayola Colored Pencil Bulk, 240 Count Classpack, 12 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $29.48 1 $29.48
Uni-ball 65801 207 Impact Roller Ball Stick Gel Pen, Blue Ink, Bold • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Pacon Lightweight Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 500 Sheets (6555) • Amazon Business $11.42 2 $22.84
Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar - 12 x 16 Inches • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Rio de Janeiro Collection, 24 Pads, 70 Sheets/Pad, Cabinet Pack (654-24SSAU-CP) • Amazon Business $19.50 1 $19.50
DG Collection (5lb Box Approx. 200-250 pens) Assorted Misprint Retractable Ballpoint Pens Office Ink Pen Supplies Big Bulk Lot • Amazon Business $19.44 1 $19.44
Sharpie 1949557 Color Burst Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count • Amazon Business $17.88 1 $17.88
AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver - Blue • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Avery 29860 MARK A LOT Pen-Style Dry Erase Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted (Set of 24) • Amazon Business $13.09 1 $13.09
Awesome Assortment: SuperSpots® & SuperShapes Stickers Variety Pack, 5100 Stickers • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98

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