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Mrs. Shell from Michigan City IN is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Magic of Storytelling!

My students need storytelling supplies such as crayons, journals, markers, a variety of pencils, headphones, and organizational supplies to tell the most magical kindergarten stories you've ever heard.

  • $1,241 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Learning is an active process. We learn by doing." - Dale Carnegie

I teach a fun, energetic group of kindergartners with a love of learning.

My students come from diverse backgrounds and bring a variety of experiences into the classroom. They enjoy learning and are always ready and eager to explore and learn something new! Students take an active role in their learning by exploring and using their critical thinking skills daily. My goal is for all of my students to not only meet, but exceed the Indiana Academic Standards by creating a student-centered classroom.

Eighty-eight percent of my students receive free breakfast and lunch. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center states that poverty is the best predictor of college attendance and completion. Their research has also found a good education is seldom available to children living in poverty, but the long-term solution is a high-quality education. Poverty is increasing, but the spending on education is not. The challenges my kindergartners face on a daily basis do not stop them from coming to school with a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn.

My Project

Do you remember the smell of a new box of crayons? I sure do! Many of my students are unable to provide that box of new crayons or enough to last throughout the year. A new box of crayons or markers or even pencils can bring kinder writing alive!

These supplies will bring my kindergartners', already amazing writing, to new heights!

Their illustrations will be bright and colorful with the new markers, pencils, and crayons. Their stories will be organized and neat inside their new journals! Students will write in these daily and have full ownership of their stories. Their new materials will be organized inside the new caddies.

We are very lucky to have access to a computer lab and also a listening station inside our classroom; however, it is difficult to hear due to headphones that do not work or fit my kinders' smaller heads. These headphones will allow students to listen to a variety of both non-fiction and fiction stories, inspiring their own stories to write and then share with others!

These storytelling materials are going to increase excitement and engagement for writing! I cannot wait for my students to get started and share their stories with you!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Califone 2800-BL Listening First Headphones in Blue (Set of 12) • Amazon Business $117.50 2 $235.00
JJ538 - My First Writing Prompts Journal - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 3 $89.97
FG360X - First Picture-Story Composition Book - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $27.99 3 $83.97
Mead Composition Books / Notebooks, Wide Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets, 9-3/4" x 7-1/2", 12 Pack (72936) • Amazon Business $19.99 4 $79.96
Scentco Graphite Smencils Cylinder of 50 HB #2 Scented Pencils • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
Crayola Broad Line Markers Bulk, 256 Count Classpack • Amazon Business $51.02 1 $51.02
Bulk Buy: Advantus Crafts (6-Pack) Storage Studios Super Stacker Crayon Box 1.6in. x 3.5in. x 4.8in. Assorted Colors 61612 • Amazon Business $16.08 3 $48.24
Crayola Crayons, 8 Count (Pack of 48) • Amazon Business $23.75 2 $47.50
Elmer's Crayon Sharpener • Amazon Business $44.08 1 $44.08
Super Stacker Crayon Box, 3.5 x 4.75 x 1.5 Inches, Color May Vary, 1 Box (61612) • Amazon Business $3.80 10 $38.00
Crayola Bulk Crayons, 24 Packs of 24 ct., Classpack • Amazon Business $32.22 1 $32.22
PP506 - Classroom Supply Caddies - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Mr. Sketch 2003992 Scented Washable Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 36 Count • Amazon Business $29.09 1 $29.09
Crayola Colored Pencil Bulk, 240 Count Classpack, 12 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $27.05 1 $27.05
Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 Pencils, Box of 24, Black (13926) • Amazon Business $6.29 4 $25.16
Esfun Set of 5 Square Pen Pencil Holder Cup For Desk Storage Desktop Organizer Container Basket For Home School Kids Office Brushes Desk Sorter Collection • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
MN6 - Jumbo Pencils • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
16" Rainbow Color Party Pack Inflatable Beach Balls - Beach Pool Party Toys (12 Pack) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
PP268BU - Classroom Supply Caddy - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $5.99 1 $5.99
PP268VT - Classroom Supply Caddy - Purple • Lakeshore Learning Materials $5.99 1 $5.99
PP268RG - Classroom Supply Caddy - Orange • Lakeshore Learning Materials $5.99 1 $5.99
PP268RD - Classroom Supply Caddy - Red • Lakeshore Learning Materials $5.99 1 $5.99
PP268YE - Classroom Supply Caddy - Yellow • Lakeshore Learning Materials $5.99 1 $5.99

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