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Ms. Anthony from New York NY is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Teamwork in Algebra Class: Graphing Calculators and Project Supplies

Help me give my students project supplies and graphing calculators so they can develop collaboration skills.

  • $4,785 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Most of my students come from families with tight budgets. My school is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and about 80% of my students come from low-income families. Last year we had a celebration after the state test and kids brought in tasty treats to share. A student who had nothing to share hung back when it was time to get in line for treats. "Why didn't you bring in a $1 bag of chips?" asked another student.

"My parents didn't have a dollar," the first student replied quietly.

What I love about my kids is how well they mix up to learn as well as socialize. I'll never forget seeing two kids excitedly playing a game at the end of the school year. They talked and giggled and cheered each other on for the entire class period. One child was living in a homeless shelter and the other lived in an elite neighborhood. I don't think they knew. They certainly didn't care.

That's why I love teaching in my public school. Kids from all walks of life have the same opportunity to learn and interact with each other.

My Project

Collaboration is one of the most important job skills sought by Fortune 500 companies in its 2019 survey. Kids aren't born collaborators. We have to teach them how to work effectively in teams. We are always on the lookout for math problems that lend themselves to collaboration.

Chart paper, pens, whiteboard markers, tape, staplers, graph paper post-its, magnets to post their work, these are the things that make the kids' faces light up.

Project materials may not seem exciting but having the right supplies makes all the difference in how the kids feel about working together.

Comments and responses on a recent project day:

"What happens if we mess up our paper?" - You can have more!

"Can we do work on the whiteboard?" - Here's markers & magnets!

"How can we add a graph to our work?" - We have graph paper post-its!

Help me to keep saying yes by replenishing our supplies and giving us materials for each of our eight table teams. We are also still working on having a graphing calculator for each student in the grade. Another teacher set will get us closer to our goal.

Ms. Anthony
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Texas Instruments TI 84 Plus CE EZ Spot Teacher Pack graphing calculator • CDW-G $1,597.81 1 $1,597.81
Tops Easel Pads, Quadrille Rule, 27" x 34", White, 50 Sheets, 4 Pads/Carton (7900) • Staples Advantage $161.24 6 $967.44
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 4" x 6", White with Blue Grid, 6/Pads (660-SSGRID) • Staples Advantage $18.09 20 $361.80
Staples Filler Paper, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", Graph Ruled, White, 100/Pk • Staples Advantage $4.99 50 $249.50
Pentel EnerGel RTX Retractable Liquid Gel Pen, (0.7mm) Medium Line, Assorted Ink,12-Pk (BL77BP12M) • Amazon Business $18.00 10 $180.00
Pentel EnerGel RTX Retractable Liquid Gel Pen, 0.5mm, Metal Tip, Assorted Ink, Pack of 5 (BLN75BP5M) • Amazon Business $11.77 10 $117.70
Paper Mate InkJoy Retractable Gel Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Ink, 14/Pack (1951636) • Staples Advantage $26.99 4 $107.96
EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 36 Pack • Amazon Business $23.19 3 $69.57
Scotch Desktop Tape Dispenser, Silvertech Two-Tone (C60-ST) • Staples Advantage $6.99 8 $55.92
GREATMAG Push Pin Magnets, Whiteboard Magnets, 56 Pack 7 Assorted Color Magnetic Push Pins, Perfect for Fridge Magnets, Map Magnets, Classroom Magnets, Office Magnets • Amazon Business $10.99 5 $54.95
Swingline Commercial Desktop Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black (44401) • Staples Advantage $6.39 8 $51.12
Scotch Magic Tape, Invisible, Write On, Matte Finish, 3/4" x 27.77 yds., 1" Core, 10 Rolls (810K10) • Staples Advantage $24.49 2 $48.98
Swingline Standard Staples, 1/4" Length, 210 Per Strip, 5,000/Per Box, 5/Box (35101S) • Staples Advantage $10.79 4 $43.16
ARTEZA Dry Erase Markers, Bulk Pack of 52 (with Chisel Tip), 12 Assorted Colors with Low-Odor Ink, Whiteboard Pens are perfect for School, Office, or Home • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Avery Ready Index A-Z Tab Binder Dividers, Customizable Table of Contents, Multicolor Tabs, 3 Sets (44225) • Amazon Business $12.27 2 $24.54
Staples Jumbo Paper Clips, Nonskid, 10/Pack with 100/box (A7026606/72577) • Staples Advantage $11.29 1 $11.29
Staples Smooth Paper Clips, Silver, 100/Box, 10 Boxes/Pack (A7026607/72377) • Staples Advantage $5.29 1 $5.29

Materials cost

$3,977.02

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$59.66

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$4,066.68

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$717.65

Total project goal

$4,784.33

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$4,784.33

3 Donors

-$2,786.95

Donations toward project cost

-$2,760.70

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.25

match offer

-$1,536.45

Match offer toward project cost

-$1,305.98

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$230.47

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$460.93

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$0.00

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