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Ms. Schneider from Mauston WI is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

This Is Not a Prison

Help me give my students an encouraging productive environment to work in to help them be successful. A classroom should be inviting and encouraging not a prison feel with hard stiff chairs.

  • $312 goal

This project expired on June 20, 2019.

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My Students

My students are a combination of general education and special education. All students are in my room to receive additional support to help them be successful in school. Some just need a little extra help or encouragement. Some are on the other extreme, needing a great deal of repetition, re-teaching, and learning strategies. All have needs to not only be successful in school, but after school in life as well. Some have goals of going on to higher education and need that extra push and/or support to get there.

Many of them, both general and special education, come from economically disadvantaged homes.

Some work almost full time just so the family can have food and a home. Some leave school wondering if there will be food at home or will they have to wait until they get back to school for the next meal. All need to know they have a safe place to come if needed.

My Project

As a new teacher, I came to an empty classroom and was given the routine hard chairs and boring decor. I have tried to make the room more inviting but it is not very encouraging in their learning and productivity. The chairs will help students focus more on what they are learning, rather than on how hard and awful the chairs are. Students will find anything other than the lesson to think about and focus on. Good chairs helps to eliminate one problem. The diffuser and oils are a good natural way to help bring good vibes to the room. Peppermint aids in stimulating the brain and senses allowing for information to reach them. The posters are to help encourage them in life. Many of my students come from tough situations. They may not want to listen to the words of inspiration, but if they can read and absorb them on a regular basis, maybe they will come to believe it. Students often refer to school as prison. I would like to make my room a little less prison and more encouraging.

Ms. Schneider
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Flash Furniture Blue Fabric Ergonomic Swivel Task Chair • Amazon Business $34.31 5 $171.55
Anjou Essential Oils & Diffuser Gift Set, 200mL Aroma Diffuser Tank & Top 12 Oils, Peppermint, Tee Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Sweet Orange, Auto Off Humidifier - 7 Color LED Lights, Therapeutic Grade • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
16 Inspirational Classroom Posters - Chalkboard Motivational Quotes for Students - Teacher Classroom Decorations 13 x 19 (Paper) 002 • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95

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