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Mr. Rayos from Austin TX is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Hard Work Store

Help me give my students more incentives for working hard. A popular item that students purchase with their tickets is Jolly Ranchers. They enjoy working hard to purchase prizes, snacks, and treats.

  • $197 goal

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My Students

My students are the 4th graders at IDEA Montopolis Academy. They are hard workers, caring, determined, and college-bound! The majority of my students come from Spanish-speaking, working-class homes. Many of my students have responsibilities that the average 9 year old does not. I have students who are the eldest sibling and in charge of caring for their younger brothers and sisters while mom and dad are working in the evening. My students are competitive and they welcome challenges with pride.

My Project

These materials will help me provide more incentives for my students to continue working hard and being 100% engaged 100% of the time. All of my students know that they can begin earning tickets from the second they walk into my classroom. They know that I am always keeping my eye out for students giving me their personal best and meeting my expectations. The students get fired up about earning tickets throughout class because they know they can cash in their tickets for prizes, snacks, and treats at the "store". All of my students use their dry erase markers to track the tickets they earn throughout class. I give out tickets to individual students who are tracking the best (sitting up, eyes on speaker, voice off), participating in class discussions, and volunteering to do problems on the board. I give entire rows a ticket if the entire row is the quickest and quietest to complete a task, such as taking out their workbooks and getting ready to learn. I also give the entire class tickets if they have the best transition in the hallway and record the fastest time to enter the class and track the previous day's exit tickets in their tracking chart. The ticket and store system has greatly impacted the environment in my classroom in a positive way. It is a way for me to constantly praise and reward hard work. It has made high levels of participation and engagement a norm and it gets my students excited about coming to my class. This donation will help me keep my store stocked with incentives for the students. They really enjoy saving tickets and redeeming, because they know that they earned it.

Mr. Rayos
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Welch's Fruit Snacks .9 Ounce Pouches Mixed Fruit, 80/Pk • Staples Advantage $26.80 1 $26.80
Quaker Chewy Granola Bar Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Variety Pack 60 Count (220-00434) • Staples Advantage $25.49 1 $25.49
Annie's Organic Bunny Snacks Variety pack, 1 oz., 36 Count (57225) • Staples Advantage $22.49 1 $22.49
Austin Cracker Cookie Variety Pack, 45 count • Staples Advantage $14.99 1 $14.99
Fla-Vor-Ice Freezer Bars, Assorted Flavors, 1.5-oz., 100/Carton • Staples Advantage $14.99 1 $14.99
JOLLY RANCHER Hard Candy Assortment, 3.75 lbs. (HEC15671) • Staples Advantage $13.99 1 $13.99
Starburst Original Candy 2.5lb. Bag Bulk • Staples Advantage $10.49 1 $10.49
BIC Xtra Sparkle Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, Assorted, 24/Pk (MPLP241-BLK) • Staples Advantage $5.37 1 $5.37

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