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Mrs. Putnam from Stephenson MI is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Tools to Help Us Focus While Learning

Help me give my students a variety of items including rechargeable batteries for walkie-talkies to ensure student safety, bean bag filler for alternative seating, and food for students with empty stomachs.

  • $450 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."

Mark Van Doren

Students in our district are from a small, rural community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our community has a lower socio-economic population, with state data showing 57% of the students being economically disadvantaged and 77% of the eligible students participating in free and reduced lunch programs. Our attendance averages above 95% daily with only one day this past year below 90%. Our students are dedicated and enthusiastic learners. They react well to research-based instruction. My goal is to purchase supplies allowing us to support academic and social situations, and focus on individual living and life skills. When this project is funded, my students will be able to have additional resources that will allow them to thrive educationally and emotionally in an effort to meet each individual’s personal potential.

My Project

My classroom had a sensory project funded earlier this year and we have seen an amazing impact the items have had with individual students. After consulting with general education teachers, I have heard them say that they would be interested in using multi-sensory items with their general education students. This project is a beginning point for meeting this need.

Our requested items are diverse in order to meet individual student needs.

The body sock will be used for students who are looking for proprioceptive (movements & positioning of the body) input. This will give them feedback from their limbs while stretching and moving inside the sock. The gel maze and chewy necklaces are items students use to help focus during instruction without being distracting to themselves or others in the class. Adults will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other when a student is acting out or in an unsafe manner allowing a team to assemble and assist with the situation safely. They use batteries quickly, so we would like rechargeable items to use. The bean bag filler is for refilling alternative seating that has gone flat. Finally, we added some healthy snacks for students to eat when they are hungry.

Mrs. Putnam
Grades 3-5
  • Stephenson Elementary School
  • Stephenson, MI
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 20 students.

19 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Joe Comfort Research Megahh (UltimaX) Bean Bags Refill Pack of 2, 100 L • Amazon Business $41.17 1 $41.17
AmazonBasics AA Rechargeable Batteries (16-Pack) and Ni-MH AA & AAA Battery Charger With USB Port Set • Amazon Business $39.98 1 $39.98
Snapping Turtles • Nasco $39.95 1 $39.95
Breakfast Variety Snack Box, 41/Bx • $35.10 1 $35.10
Healthy Snacks And Bars Snack Box (700-00001) • $33.99 1 $33.99
Sanho Yopo Dynamic Movement Sensory Sox, Medium,6-9 years old, 47''LX27''W Blue • Amazon Business $31.98 1 $31.98
Skil-Care 912425 Sensory Gel Maze • Amazon Business $30.52 1 $30.52
Learning Resources All About Me 2 in 1 Mirrors • Amazon Business $21.49 1 $21.49
happy choice Sensory Chew Necklaces for Boys, Girls, Adults w Autism/ADHD/Special Needs, Teething Babies for Moms to Wear, 3 Pack • Amazon Business $18.90 1 $18.90
Textured Tangle • Nasco $17.95 1 $17.95
Crispy Green Freeze-Dried Fruits, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, No Sugar Added, Fruit Variety Pack, 0.36 Ounce (16 Count)(Packaging May Vary) • Amazon Business $17.05 1 $17.05
Chew Chew Sensory Lego Teether Necklace 4-Pack – Best for Autism, Biting and Teething Kids – Durable and Strong Silicone Chewy Toys - Chewing Pendant for Boys & Girls - Fidget Chewlery Necklaces • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49

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