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Mrs. Darnell from Tucson AZ is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Write Stuff

Help me give my students more writing and drawing tools to help them show their thinking and grade their work.

  • $229 goal

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My Students

Because our school is an open access gifted and talented (GATE) magnet elementary school, our students are from within and outside the neighborhood and represent a diverse group in both ethnicity and ability. The neighborhood is one of the oldest barrios in our city and several generations of families have attended our school.

We are a Title 1 School, with a large percentage of families falling below the poverty line, but we have strong, inter-generational family support and involvement.

As a GATE school, we try to provide many opportunities for students to work independently on projects that appeal to their ability and interest levels, but this often requires materials that are not included in the school budget. We believe our students deserve the best that public education has to offer and are willing to do what it takes to provide it.

My Project

First graders do a LOT of writing and go through writing utensils quickly! In our class, we do much of our thinking by drawing and writing on dry erase boards, We also use colored felt tip pens to grade our own work. And we often have to erase, leaving pencil erasers flat before the pencils wear out, so the pencil top erasers help make them last longer. Fine black felt tip markers and black sharpies are great for writing final drafts and outlining drawings. Because I often buy these materials with my own money, students learn quickly how to take care of them so they last a long time, but unfortunately, they don't last forever and need replacement a few times a year.

Mrs. Darnell
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 25 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
EXPO 86001 Low Odor Dry Erase Marker, Fine Point, Black (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $8.39 8 $67.12
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point 0.7mm, Limited Edition Candy Pop, Blueberry Bubblegum Ink, Pack of 12 • Amazon Business $11.95 2 $23.90
Sharpie 1884739 Permanent Markers Fine Point Black - 36 Pieces • Amazon Business $22.14 1 $22.14
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Black, 12 Count (Packaging may vary) • Amazon Business $9.73 2 $19.46
Westcott School Left Handed Kids Scissors, Pointed Tip, 5-Inch, Color Varies (13178) • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
ANPHSIN Pack of 160 Pencil Eraser Caps- Mixed Color Pencil Top Erasers for School Classroom and Office • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79

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