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Mr. Maratea from Meriden CT is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Technology Free Relationships!

Help me give my students pencil sharpener, pencils, storage box, poster board, sketch books, games, and markers, for a technology-free environment where they can build relationships with the teacher and other students through board games and art.

  • $415 goal

This project expired on December 20, 2019.

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My Students

Math is a subject students either love or hate. My goal is to build relationships with my students and then get them to slowly realize that we are all in this together.

The relationships we forge with our students will help determine how successful they can be.

All people have strengths and weaknesses. My kids are from an urban area where a lot of their time away from school is spent at home socializing via social media. Students just need to realize we are all here to learn and improve together, and to understand that there is so much more to this world. Establishing relationships with my students and helping them reach their full potential is what I strive to do every day.

My Project

Students are on devices for hours a day. There are times they are using them for school use and there are times when they are using them for personal reasons. Many times, I ask my students what their plans are for the weekend and they respond with, "I am just staying home and talking to my friends." By talking, they mean texting or other social media outlets which are used for them to communicate. One of my goals this year is to build deeper relationships with my students and to help them build social skills without having to always rely on technology.

Donations to this project will allow my students to express themselves through playing games with others, putting their imaginations to work on paper or by simply sitting and talking.

For this project, I am requesting games, art supplies and storage containers to use with students to help build relationships. This year, I will be opening my room to students who just need a place before school, after school and during lunch. The goal of this project is to encourage students to socialize with others, through playing popular games, without the need for phones or tablets. When students get comfortable with this, I hope to introduce more challenging games that will help students problem solve, persevere and grow together. Students will also be able to express themselves through the use of the art supplies. I will be dedicating one wall of my classroom to students. They will be able to share things they are proud of. It could be work, art they create in my room using materials from this project, work from other classes or whatever they decide. The containers will be used for organization of the materials during the school day.

Mr. Maratea
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
X-ACTO ProX Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener • Amazon Business $64.27 1 $64.27
ZZWOND Drawing Pencils for Artists,72 Piece Kit Sketch Pencils and Colored Pencils Art Set - Ideal Gift for Beginners & Pro Artists Drawing Art, Sketching, Shading & Colouring • Amazon Business $25.99 2 $51.98
IRIS USA, Inc. WSB-SD WeatherShield Storage Box, 44 Quart, Clear, 3 Pack • Amazon Business $48.96 1 $48.96
Riverside Paper 104225 White Poster Board, 22 x 28, 100 Sheets/Carton • Amazon Business $36.51 1 $36.51
Bellofy 100 Sheet Sketch Book 9x12-Inch | 64 IB 95 GSM | Top Spiral-Bound Sketchpad for Artist | Sketching and Drawing Paper | Micro-Perforated & Acid Free • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Mattel Games: The Official Uno Tin [Amazon Exclusive] • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Jenga Game Wooden Blocks Stacking Tumbling Tower Kids Game Ages 6 and Up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Crayola Brush Markers, Dual-Tip with Ultra Fine Marker, 32 Colors, 16Count • Amazon Business $8.25 2 $16.50
Cardinal Wood Checkers & Tic Tac Toe • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Connect 4 Strategy Board Game for Ages 6 and Up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Mastermind Game : The Strategy Game of Codemaker vs. Codebreaker (Packaging May Vary) • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50

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