You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts
To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

See this teacher's page

Mrs. VanderSchaaf from Hendersonville NC is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Surviving School-Sensory Style!

My students need sensory items in order to practice regulating their emotional state. They need bean bag chairs for our "chill zone" as well as glitter wands and therapy putty for stress relief.

  • $192 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach in a high-functioning, self-contained autism classroom at a Title 1 school. My students come from a variety of backgrounds and are in the third, fourth, and fifth grade. Some of my students are on the Common Core curriculum while others are on the EXTEND 1 curriculum. Since we have such a variety of skills and curriculum, my students learn in small groups with myself and my assistant.

They are all spending some time in the inclusion environment and are learning to navigate a variety of social situations-and they get better at it every day!

They are really a unique, engaging group of students that I consider myself very fortunate to teach!

My Project

My students have autism and often struggle to regulate their emotions- this means that the smallest incident can lead to disregulation and melt down city! Since autism in a neurological disorder, their brains require explicit teaching of how to handle the emotions that flood our brains on a daily basis combined with appropriate sensory input.

Imagine if every time you got upset or frustrated, it had the same devastating feeling as a serious life event-for example a loss, a car accident, or displacement from a job.

We consider these to be near traumatic life experiences and justify the subsequent emotional response. To a child with autism, nearly every emotional event can be translated this way because their brains are not neurologically wired to differentiate between "serious" emotional issues, and the kind that happen every day.

While I have access to wonderful socio-emotional curriculum to teach and aid my students in navigating their way through school, we lack the sensory objects to first help them calm down. Very few people are capable of problem solving when in complete distress, and my students are no different. The sensory items I have requested (bean bag chairs, glitter wands, and therapy putty) are all items that have been observed to help my students calm down so that we can address their feelings and practice how to handle them. These materials will all be a part of my "chill zone," the designated classroom space we have for students to relax when stressed. With these materials we will learn how to survive school- sensory style!

Mrs. VanderSchaaf
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

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 10 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. VanderSchaaf is requesting.

See our finances


You can start a project with the same resources being requested here!

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Joe Bean Bag, 98-Inch, Radiant Orchid • Amazon Business $39.88 2 $79.76
2 Packs of Therapy Putty Special Kit, 2-oz. each, Red, Yellow, Green and Blue • Amazon Business $24.59 1 $24.59
Toysmith Mini Spiral Glitter Wands (6.5 Inches) Complete Gift Set Party Bundle - 6 Pack (Assorted) • Amazon Business $17.05 1 $17.05

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


Sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


4 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Support a teacher
near you!

Explore a map with requests from teachers across the country.

View map of requests

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Hendersonvlle","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[4455831],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"NC","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3053829,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","eligibleToBeCopied":false,"mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":10,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. VanderSchaaf","isEquityFocus":true,"authorIds":{"4455831":{"owner":"Mrs. VanderSchaaf","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3053829],"proposalHash":"-991514523","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20936009,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NDQ1NTgzMQ==","NjAzMTg5","NTE1NTIyNQ==","NDkyOTA1OQ=="],"teacherId":4455831,"schoolCounty":"Henderson","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"NC","name":"North Carolina"}}