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Mrs. Merrill from Durham NC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Gift of Learning Through Music, Voice and Visuals

Help me give my students the gift of these materials that will help with their learning and needs while out of school and working from home. I work with students that need high contrast books and materials.

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My Students

My students are multi-handicapped and I love working with these students. I work with them in the hospital/homebound setting, however, I am now virtually teaching my amazing students from home. Our schools closed as of March 16th and since then I have had to be creative and come up with a ways to teach my students from home using what I have. I would love to have resources that I could send these students that are in home and in the hospital. My students are at home or hospital with their parents and caretakers. I am not allowed to visit, however can send deliveries. The students are learning using zoom lessons created by me. The students are really enjoying getting to see me online. I need more resources to send them. My students like books that are high contrast and interactive, music, and lights. I am using what I have, however, my students need more and I want to be able to provide them with resources. My students are missing being able to do hands-on learning, therefore, I would love to be able to deliver materials to them to bring a smile to their faces.

My Project

My name is Anna Merrill and I am a special needs teacher of amazing students. I work with multi-handicapped, medically fragile students. These students are my passion. I am missing my students during this pandemic, however I have been fortunate enough to see them through zoom. The students I get to work with are amazing. I love to see them and the smiles. They are non-verbal, however that doesn't keep them from communicating and learning. We use visuals, communication boards, books, voice output devices and more for learning. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of those materials at my house and that is why I am reaching out to donors choose and the community for help in getting great resources to deliver and use with my students over zoom for learning. My students need visuals and hands-on learning activities with lights, music, and touch for communication and sensory. Several of my students have visual impairments, therefore these materials I am asking for would help those students. These materials would provide even more learning opportunities for my students by giving them the gift of high contrast books, musical and light toys, and books with sound for communication. It is not the same doing online learning with my students, however it is better than nothing and I am super happy that I have the opportunity to continue to work and smile with each of my students. I will continue to find materials and activities that we can do together that will help meet their needs. I am very passionate about my students and I believe in each of them and don't want this situation to have a negative impact on them and their learning, however to have a positive impact through the rest of the year.

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This project will reach 10 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
B. spaces by Battat – Totes Tidy Toy Organizer – Kids Furniture Set Storage Unit with 10 Stackable Bins – Ivory, Sea and Mint • Amazon Business $65.95 1 $65.95
B. toys by Battat Toddler Musical Instrument Set – Jungle Animals Percussion Toys for Kids – 9 Pcs – Drums, Tambourine, Maracas, Whistles & More – 2 Years +, Multicolor • Amazon Business $31.95 1 $31.95
B. Toys – ABC Block Party Baby Blocks – Soft Fabric Building Blocks for Toddlers – Educational Alphabet Blocks with 6 Textured Toy Blocks & 5 Shapes – Grab & Stack Blocks • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Battat – Twinkle Tummies Dog– Soothing Plush Animal for Infants with Glowing Tummy & Six Lullabies • Amazon Business $18.49 1 $18.49
B. Toys – Soothing Plush Cat – Twinkle Tummies – Musical Stuffed Animal Toy – Lights & Sounds – for Babies & Toddlers – Glowing Tummy & 6 Lullabies – 6 Months + • Amazon Business $18.49 1 $18.49
teytoy My First Soft Book, 6 PCS Nontoxic Fabric Baby Cloth Activity Crinkle Soft Black and White Books for Infants Boys and Girls Early Educational Toys Perfect for Baby Shower • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
beiens Pack of 6 Baby Soft Books, NonToxic Fabric Touch and Feel Crinkle Book My First Cloth Book Early Educational Interactive Toys Activity Book for Toddlers, Infants and Kids Baby Shower Birthday • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
B. toys – Happy Yappies – Pipsqueak the Fox – Talking Teddy Toy Repeats What You Say - Stuffed Fox Plush Toy – Sensory Toys for babies 10 months + • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
B. toys – Musical Accordion Zebra Plush – Sensory Toy – Non-Toxic • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted, 16 Count • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
World of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Apple Play Set and Shape Sorter Developmental Toy • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
B. toys – Happy Yappies – Rascal The Racoon – Talking Teddy Toy Repeats What You Say - Stuffed Raccoon Plush Toy – Sensory Toys for Babies 10 Months + • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The World of Eric Carle Touch-and-Feel Stroller Cards • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Noisy Farm (My First) • Amazon Business $10.27 1 $10.27
5 Pieces Monkey Stringy Balls Sensory Fidget Stringy Balls Soft Rainbow Pom Bouncy Stress Balls with Storage Bag, Multicolor (2.75 Inch 5 Pieces) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Don't Push the Button! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Eric Carle's 123 (The World of Eric Carle) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Eric Carle's ABC (The World of Eric Carle) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Noisy Things That Go (My First) • Amazon Business $7.01 1 $7.01
Don't Touch This Book! • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79

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