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Mrs. Perez from Albuquerque NM is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Calming Classroom

Help me give my students a calming environment in order to do our best learning. All the items I've requested will help create many options for calming such as the see through hamster cage, lighting and figits.

  • $361 goal

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My Students

I am a teacher at a low income, minority populated school with a high poverty rate. Many students come from many different backgrounds. Some are in single parent homes, raised by grandparents or in foster care. My students face many challenges outside of school with parents or caregivers struggling themselves.

Although they face so many challenges, they come to school every day eager to learn.

My students come to school energetic and full of curiosity. I strive to make my classroom their home away from home by providing care and support through various engaging activities.

Throughout my many years of teaching, I have experienced that students learn best in a safe, caring and positive environment. My goal is to maximize their potential during the short time I have them in my classroom.

My Project

Student life can be frustrating and difficult for many reasons. Some students struggle with academics, socializing and/or family life. As young students navigate through their school life, I'd like to give my students healthy options for calming down and getting back on track.

My hope is to create an environment that can help my students refocus as a healthy alternative to disrupting learning.

The items I am asking for will help give students engaging tasks as well as a calm comfortable space.

My students will be able to use these materials regularly as they learn to self regulate in order to regroup and focus on their academics. Students will be given direct instruction on ways to calm down when frustrated, upset or having a rough day. Using techniques and strategies along with the items I’m asking for will allow students to learn how to manage their emotions/behaviors.

Mrs. Perez
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Maddak SP Ableware Bed Tray • Amazon Business $20.30 4 $81.20
MidWest Homes for Pets Hamster Cage | Awesome Arcade Hamster Home | 18.11" x 11.61" x 21.26" • Amazon Business $51.12 1 $51.12
FASTPRO 10-Pack, 9-LED Mini Flashlight Set, 30-Pieces AAA Batteries are Included and Pre-Installed, Perfect For Class Teaching, Camping, Wedding Favor • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone,3-in-1 Portable Handheld Karaoke Mic Speaker Machine Christmas Birthday Home Party for Android/iPhone/PC or All Smartphone(Q37 Rose Gold) • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Berry Ave Aroma Therapy Essential Oil Diffuser, Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for Office Home or Baby, Adjustable 7 Color LED, Timer and Auto-Shut Off Safety Feature (300ml, Wood Grain) • Amazon Business $27.97 1 $27.97
14 Pack Sensory Fidget Toys, Sensory Therapy Toys Including Liquid Motion Timer Bubbler Stretchy String Mesh Squeeze Balls Magic Cube for ADHD Autism Stress Relieve Girls Boys Classroom Party Favors • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
KBAYBO Remote Control Ocean Wave Projector 12 LED &7 Colors Night Light Projector with Built-in Mini Music Player for Living Room and Bedroom (Black) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Kaytee Critter Cruiser Small Animal Toy, Colors Vary • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99

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