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Mrs. Mendez from Garfield NJ is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Tinkering, Designing & Inventing Through Makerspace

Help me give my students A variety of tinkering and collage materials for our new Makerspace center! This center will help support and encourage creativity, problem solving and language skills while incorporating STEM.

  • $297 goal

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My Students

My preschoolers are creative, energetic and bright students who would greatly benefit from multi-sensory experiences to help promote their language, creativity, early math skills, sensory needs and overall development. My students are a group of diverse learners with a variety of strengths, needs and interests. They would greatly benefit from materials that promote hands-on learning and support their creativity and early engineering skills.

Our school is located in a low income, urban setting.

The students are creative individuals who do not always have access to the materials they need to help support thier creativity and early engineering skills at home. Each student in my class is unique and wonderful and deserves to have the best learning experience possible in our PreK classroom!

My Project

Our new makerspace center will be designed to help encourage and support student learning experiences through tinkering, inventing and engineering. The students will have the opportunity to visit the makerspace throughout the day and experiment with materials to create and invent new objects.

Preschoolers are natural explorers and inventors who would benefit from building and experimenting with materials like binder clips, pipe cleaners, wooden pieces and feathers to help encourage exploration through tinkering and designing while supporting each child’s creativity and imagination.

The materials requested will greatly enhance each student’s learning experience while supporting problem solving and early engineering skills.

Mrs. Mendez
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 15 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Square Plastic Woven Baskets (Set of 6) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.16 2 $32.32
Square Rattan Divided Tray • Kaplan Early Learning Company $11.66 2 $23.32
LA623 - 3 5/8" x 3 5/8" Labeling Pockets • Lakeshore Learning Materials $21.99 1 $21.99
TOTE CLEAR SCHOOL SMART PACK OF 5 • School Specialty $18.45 1 $18.45
Honey Can Do Wood Clothespins, Beige, 200/Pack (DRYZ01376) • Staples Advantage $16.39 1 $16.39
JAM Paper Wood Clip Clothespins, Small, 7/8, Green, 100 Clothes Pins/Pack • Staples Advantage $14.99 1 $14.99
STORAGE BIN W/DIVIDERS 10-3/4 X 7 X 3-3/4 CLEAR • School Specialty $6.60 2 $13.20
Create It! Wood Bits (5 lbs.) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $11.66 1 $11.66
Elmer's Glue Sticks, All-Purpose, 30/Pack • Staples Advantage $10.77 1 $10.77
Wooden Dowels (Bag of 12) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $3.15 3 $9.45
FEATHERS NATURAL ASST .5 OZ APPROX SET OF 200 • School Specialty $6.81 1 $6.81
CONST PPR 12X18 BLACK SUNWORKS PACK OF 50 • School Specialty $2.69 2 $5.38
DW2990 - Jumbo Craft Sticks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.19 2 $4.38
CHENILLE STEMS 12 MULTICULTURAL SET OF 100 • School Specialty $2.12 2 $4.24
FELT ASST SHAPES/SIZES BAG OF 1LB • School Specialty $3.97 1 $3.97
CLIP BINDER NICKEL ASST PACK OF 30 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $2.83 1 $2.83
FASTENER #4 1'' BX/100 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $1.70 1 $1.70

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