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Mr. Tackett from Salt Lake City UT is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Supporting Mind & Body

My students need a library of resources, including books, magazines, fidget balls and cushions, that support mindfulness, calm, and relaxation.

  • $2,314 goal

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My Students

“Before we can teach a kid how to academically excel in school, we need to teach him how to have stillness, pay attention, stay on task, regulate, make good choices. We tell kids to be quiet, calm down, be still--all these things they need in the classroom, but we’re not teaching them how to do it."

I teach in a behavior unit for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at a Title 1 school in an urban Utah area.

My students have faced enormous challenges in their lives and they have risen above them. They have transitioned from "troubled" kids to some of the most remarkable students in our school. They work hard and they are kind. They offer compassion to those they see struggling and they offer themselves to others as a resource by sharing their experience and that which has helped them along their journeys. They enjoy learning and have made significant gains academically as they have moved from that place in them from surviving school to thriving in school. My students are learning to listen to their bodies and use the information their bodies provide them. They learn this through stillness, presence, and awareness. My students benefit from mindfulness practices that support them in recognizing their feelings as they are experiencing them. This helps them to make good choices that serve them.

My Project

My students would greatly benefit from having a library of mindfulness resources. This includes mindfulness books, mindfulness cushions, and manipulatives that can be used to explore their texture and sounds in a mindful way. Research has proven that mindfulness practices benefit students academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. The products in this project would be not only for my students, but for other students in our school as well. My students are familiar with mindfulness and have benefited greatly from it. So much so, that my students and I share mindful practices with other classes. Having the resources to share as we rotate through classes would increase student interest in engaging in and benefiting from mindfulness practices. Students are better able to regulate their emotions when they have learned mindfulness skills. They are then able to respond to stimuli with a mindful response rather than an unconscious reaction. Students will benefit in all areas.

“When we look at low-performing schools it’s not that these children are unable to learn, it’s that very often they are unavailable to learn,” said Madeline Kronenberg.

“They’re not able to focus; they’re so fixated on other things that are going on in their lives that it’s difficult for them to be able to find space for learning. Our job is to educate these kids and the way you educate them is that they need to be available to learn.” Mindfulness practices will support my students in school.

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Mr. Tackett
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 500 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bean Products Zafu Round Yoga Meditation Cotton Cushions Made In USA Purple • Amazon Business $43.95 3 $131.85
Zafu Yoga Meditation Cushion Organic Buckwheat Fill - 16 COLORS - 10oz. Cotton, Made In USA, by Bean Products Burgundy • Amazon Business $43.95 3 $131.85
Zafu Yoga Meditation Cushion Organic Buckwheat Fill - 16 COLORS - 10oz. Cotton, Made In USA, by Bean Products Hibiscus • Amazon Business $42.95 3 $128.85
Bean Products Zafu Round Yoga Meditation Cotton Cushions Made In USA Aqua • Amazon Business $42.95 3 $128.85
Zafu Yoga Meditation Cushion Organic Buckwheat Fill - 16 COLORS - 10oz. Cotton, Made In USA, by Bean Products Orange • Amazon Business $41.95 3 $125.85
Bean Products Zafu Round Yoga Meditation Cotton Cushions Made In USA Lime • Amazon Business $41.95 3 $125.85
Zafu Yoga Meditation Cushion Organic Buckwheat Fill - 16 COLORS - 10oz. Cotton, Made In USA, by Bean Products Medium Blue • Amazon Business $42.95 2 $85.90
Bean Products Zafu Round Yoga Meditation Cotton Cushions Made In USA Olive • Amazon Business $42.95 2 $85.90
Bean Products Zafu Round - FOREST GREEN - Buckwheat Fill 10oz Cotton Made in USA • Amazon Business $42.95 2 $85.90
Bean Products Zafu Round Yoga Meditation Cotton Cushions Made In USA Red • Amazon Business $41.95 2 $83.90
Zafu Yoga Meditation Cushion Organic Buckwheat Fill - 16 COLORS - 10oz. Cotton, Made In USA, by Bean Products Buttercup • Amazon Business $41.95 2 $83.90
Zafu Yoga Meditation Cushion Organic Buckwheat Fill - 10oz. Cotton, Made In USA, by Bean Products Pink • Amazon Business $41.95 2 $83.90
BALL MUDBALL PACK OF 3 • School Specialty $38.05 2 $76.10
TIME For Kids - 5-6 BASIC Bundle - 24 issues / Minimum of 10 subscriptions • TIME for Kids $4.91 10 $49.10
TIME For Kids - 3-4 BASIC Bundle - 24 issues / Minimum of 10 subscriptions • TIME for Kids $4.91 10 $49.10
A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions • Amazon Business $33.03 1 $33.03
Guided Mindfulness Meditation: A Complete Guided Mindfulness Meditation Program from Jon Kabat-Zinn • Amazon Business $20.52 1 $20.52
Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children • Amazon Business $16.53 1 $16.53
The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
Mindful Moments Cards • Amazon Business $14.07 1 $14.07
Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being • Amazon Business $13.86 1 $13.86
Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Sea Otter Cove: Introducing relaxation breathing to lower anxiety, decrease stress and control anger while promoting peaceful sleep • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Affirmation Weaver: A Believe in Yourself Story, Designed to Help Children Boost Self-esteem While Decreasing Stress and Anxiety • Amazon Business $12.93 1 $12.93
Moody Cow Meditates • Amazon Business $12.93 1 $12.93
Breathe, Chill: A Handy Book of Games and Techniques Introducing Breathing, Meditation and Relaxation to Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
On My Way To A Happy Life • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Visiting Feelings • Amazon Business $11.83 1 $11.83
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain • Amazon Business $11.73 1 $11.73
Moody Cow Learns Compassion • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Steps and Stones: An Anh's Anger Story • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) • Amazon Business $11.34 1 $11.34
I Think, I Am!: Teaching Kids the Power of Affirmations • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
Incredible You! 10 Ways to let your greatness shine through • Amazon Business $11.10 1 $11.10
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles • Amazon Business $10.83 1 $10.83
Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story introducing active progressive muscular relaxation and deep breathing • Amazon Business $10.38 1 $10.38
What Does It Mean To Be Present? • Amazon Business $10.37 1 $10.37
Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath (SmartFun Activity Books) • Amazon Business $10.21 1 $10.21
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Is a Worry Worrying You? • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
What to Do When You're Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Albert Whitman Prairie Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
FIDGET GLITTER BEAD BALL • School Specialty $6.67 1 $6.67
BALL GEL COLOR MORPH • School Specialty $6.67 1 $6.67
BALL TACTILE SMILEY FACE ICKY YICKY • School Specialty $6.67 1 $6.67
FIDGET BALL ICY • School Specialty $5.67 1 $5.67
FIDGET BALL RAINBOW • School Specialty $5.67 1 $5.67
BALL GEL CRYSTAL BEAD • School Specialty $5.67 1 $5.67
FIDGET BALL SAND • School Specialty $5.67 1 $5.67
FIDGET BALL ARCTIC • School Specialty $5.67 1 $5.67
BALL DNA SQUISHY ASSORTED COLORS • School Specialty $5.67 1 $5.67
BALL SPLATZ BALL • School Specialty $4.68 1 $4.68

Materials cost

$1,894.90

Vendor shipping charges

$13.48

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$28.42

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,966.80

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$347.08

Total project goal

$2,313.88

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$2,313.88

1 Donor

-$2,313.88

Donations toward project cost

-$1,966.80

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$347.08

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$0.00

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