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Mrs. Benzing from Kansas City MO is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Feeling and Healing Room

Help me give my students access to a calm, relaxing room where they can feel safe to process through emotions and issues that are inhibiting their academic success.

  • $1,055 goal

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My Students

I am a social worker at our alternative school program located on the south side of Kansas City. My students are creative, resourceful, brave, and most of all resilient in the face of life's tough challenges. The things my students are able to overcome and come into school smiling every day amazes me. My students enjoy hands-on and real world examples pertaining to the subjects we cover. I am actively searching for more hands on opportunities for my students in order to create lasting learning!

My Project

A lack of social-emotional and coping skills is the primary reason that students in our district are sent to us at the alternative school site. With being relocated this school year to a different building and having our program enrollment increase 4-fold, our program is strapped for resources to build social-emotional resiliency in our kids. I would love to build a calming and healing room for our students to be able to process through feelings with the counselor, social worker, or family school liaison on site.

To foster success for our students to be able to return to their home school, we must first build the social-emotional capacity in our students that allows them to self-regulate and think using their rational pre-frontal cortex rather than their animalistic brain stem.

The room will have a cool and calming color scheme, relaxing essential oil diffusion, and a variety of manipulatives for students to process through their feelings. To foster success for our students to be able to return to their home school, we must first build the social-emotional capacity in our students that allows them to self-regulate and think using their rational pre-frontal cortex rather than their animalistic brain stem. When we give our students these valuable skills, we satisfy their basic needs and allow them to move up on the hierarchy to achieve greater things in school and eventually in life.

Mrs. Benzing
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rose Home Fashion RHF 5.6 Ft Tall Wood Room Divider, Wood Folding Room Divider Screens, Panel Divider&Room Dividers, Room Dividers and Folding Privacy Screens (White-Washed, 8 Panel) • Amazon Business $189.99 1 $189.99
Sofa Sack - Plush, Ultra Soft Bean Bag Chair - Memory Foam Bean Bag Chair with Microsuede Cover - Stuffed Foam Filled Furniture and Accessories for Dorm Room - Charcoal 3' • Amazon Business $64.99 2 $129.98
AmazonBasics Extra Thick Exercise Yoga Gym Floor Mat with Carrying Strap - 74 x 24 x .5 Inches, Purple • Amazon Business $18.68 5 $93.40
Antep Rugs Kashan King Collection 505 Trellis Polypropylene Indoor Area Rug Blue and Cream 8' X 10' • Amazon Business $89.85 1 $89.85
DS740X - Tutti Frutti®Fruit-Scented Dough - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $64.99 1 $64.99
mDesign Decorative Medallion Print, Easy Care Fabric Shower Curtain with Reinforced Buttonholes, for Bathroom Showers, Stalls and Bathtubs, Machine Washable - 72" x 72", Tan/Shades of Blue • Amazon Business $12.99 4 $51.96
SONEic - Sleep, Relax and Focus Sound Machine. 10 Soothing White Noise and Natural Sound Tracks, with Timer Option. Crystal Clear Quality Sound Speaker & Headphone Jack. USB or Battery Powered -Purple • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Crazy Aaron's Putty - Set of 3 Tins, 3.2 oz. each • Kaplan Early Learning Company $36.86 1 $36.86
Lagunamoon Premium Essential Oils Set,Top 20 Pure Natural Aromatherapy Oils Lavender Frankincense Peppermint Rose Rosemary Sandalwood • Amazon Business $28.04 1 $28.04
Good Vibes Coloring Book (Coloring is Fun) (Design Originals): 30 Beginner-Friendly Relaxing & Creative Art Activities on High-Quality Extra-Thick Perforated Paper that Resists Bleed Through • Amazon Business $6.49 3 $19.47
Arrow Decorative Throw Pillow Covers 18"x 18" Set of 4, Faux Linen Inspirational Quotes Pillow Case Cushion Cover for Bed and Couch(Dream Explore Discover, Ethnic Arrows, Feathers, Adventure Awaits) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home (White) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
CaliTime Pack of 2 Comfy Throw Pillow Covers Cases for Couch Sofa Bed Comfortable Soft Solid Corduroy Pineapple Trellis Both Sides 18 X 18 Inches Lake Blue • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Mandala Coloring Book for Kids: Big Mandalas to Color for Relaxation, Book 1 • Amazon Business $4.99 3 $14.97
Fansteck Stress Balls for Kids, [4 Pack] Stress Relief Ball for Adults, Squeeze Ball/Sensory Ball, Rainbow LED Stress Ball, Ideal for Autism, Anxiety & More (4 Different Balls) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
SQQ0161 - Tutti Frutti® Candy-Scented Dough Assortment Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
SQQ0160 - Tutti Frutti® Tropical Fruit-Scented Dough Assortment Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Theraputtytm • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.26 1 $6.26

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