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Mrs. Thornton-Samih from Brooklyn NY is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Time for a Technology Upgrade!

Help me give my students music in the classroom with an Alexa Dot and also keep our room tidy with a dust buster!

  • $159 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

All of my students come from families that battle the struggles of poverty, trauma, living in the shelter system or projects, in a neighborhood where gunfire is a daily occurrence. In addition to their personal struggles outside of school, each of my students has a learning disability and has had many failures in their short educational carriers before entering my classroom. Having looped with most of my students has been a blessing because I truly get to know their needs and cater learning to meet their individual needs.

In a community plagued by violence and poverty, students should have the comfort knowing that school is a safe place where they can get their needs met.

One way I ensure that my students' needs are met is by creating sensory diets. A sensory diet does not mean food. It means filling your body with more sensory input to feed your 7 senses, the five senses we all know and the two in our bodies know as proprioceptic and vestibular. Ensuring that a child's sensory needs are met is extremely important. Without proper self-regulation, students can't be at their best and focus on learning.

My Project

For my students, school is their second home. A place where they depend n getting their next meal. However, so many of my students arrive late and need to eat in the classroom. I firmly believe if you don't eat, you can't learn. However, keeping our classroom clean can also be a challenge. I aim to teach my students responsibility. If you make a mess, you clean a mess. Our dustpan got thrown away earlier in the year accidentally by the custodians. I think it is time to upgrade to dust buster. This way kids can eat and rodents will stay away!

Also, we are getting tired of our CD player skipping and/or not working when we want it to.

We are in desperate need for a technology upgrade because we like to use music during transitions, project-based learning, arts and crafts, and even just to move around.

Mrs. Thornton-Samih
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, Latinx, 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.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
[Upgraded Version]Handheld Vacuum, HoLife Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with 14.8V Li-ion Battery Powered Rechargeable Quick Charge Tech and Cyclone Suction Lightweight Hand Vac • Amazon Business $57.99 1 $57.99
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - New and improved smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99

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