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Ms. Adams
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

The Printing Press

My students need a new classroom printer that can copy and print in color to print picture symbols in order to communicate with teachers and classmates.

My Students

Can you imagine not being able to speak, but having something very important to say? How frustrating! My students are in need of a color printer and copier to print color picture symbols that will allow them to effectively communicate with those around them.


Our classroom is filled with a unique and diverse group of special education students. These students have intense physical and cognitive needs which can create for a challenging setting. One of the primary challenges staff faces with this population is communication. We communicate with picture symbols which, simply put, are words associated with common pictures of a particular item. We would very much like a color printer to help us better communicate, as black and white symbols are often hard to decipher. With color symbols, we feel the students would be better equipped to communicate their answers, choices, feelings and thoughts in a more effective way. Thank you for all that you do and know that if you choose to help us in any way, you are directly touching the life of each and every child in our classroom.

My Project

With our color printer/scanner/copier, we feel our students will be able to communicate with staff, friends, parents and family with ease and comfort. It will allow our students to finally be able to let us know when they don't feel well, if they are having a no-good, rotten day, or simply if they have to use the restroom. The black and white picture symbols we have currently are hard to use, are hard to understand and are, quite frankly, frustrating. And that frustration is not just built up in the students, but within the classroom staff, as well. Our students will have the freedom to expand their vocabulary and work on tasks that no one ever thought possible. While our students have their own unique limitations, with an expanded vocabulary there is no telling how much our students could potentially grow. We are working to become the best educated, productive citizens we can be, and with a new color printer the sky will be the limit.

This project will not just touch the lives of the students directly in our classroom.

As we are able to more effectively communicate, we can take this knowledge and vocabulary to our communities and work to make our surroundings a better place. I'd like to close by thanking everyone involved with Donors Choose and thanking you, our potential donor for taking the time to read our request. Know that you have the ability to help improve a child's life for the better. Thank you.

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HP Officejet 6500A Plus Wireless All-In-One Printer • Best Buy $199.99 1 $199.99

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This project will reach 50 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by The Leon Levine Foundation and 2 other donors.

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