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Mrs. F. from Coeur D Alene ID is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Trash to Treasure Student- Run Business for At-Risk Youth

My students need sanders, sanding supplies, clamps, levels, and sawhorses to begin their trash to treasure business, building self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and soft skills.

  • $1,020 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The Therapeutic Learning Classroom (TLC) is a behavior program with an emphasis on social/ emotional supports. My students come to me having learned ineffective default behaviors that, often times, result in attendance issues, legal issues, social issues, authority issues, and self-esteem issues. It is our philosophy to establish a rapport with our students by providing basic needs such as the sense of safety, and a sense of belonging, while building self-advocacy skills such as identifying their needs and learning to voice their needs in an appropriate way. In doing so, we strive to build confident, capable members of society.

My Project

Our high school students are enrolled in a self-contained classroom focused on behavioral, and social-emotional strategies. Our students are at-risk students who have been through trauma or are currently experiencing trauma. Our students face struggles at home, legal issues, dependency issues, and self-esteem issues. Our students struggle to find hope or a sense of belonging.

We have the opportunity to build a trash to treasure business, where we turn second hand items into repurposed craft items, and usable furniture.

In doing so, our students learn basic repairs, how to use tools, how to create, how to work in customer service, how to market their wares, and how to budget money. Half of their earnings will be invested into their business, and half of their money will be spent on group field trips intended to develop a greater sense of community and belonging. Our hope is to build a foundation where hope and belonging takes precedence over violence and self harm.

Please help us foster our youth.

Mrs. F.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 9 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK16617158T Cordless Sander18V5 Size2.2 lb. • Grainger $386.00 1 $386.00
TK16617170T Structural Foam Portable Tool Box 20H x 37W x 21D 12274 cu. in. Black • Grainger $60.59 1 $60.59
TK16617163T 11 Locking C-Clamp 4 Max. Opening 4 Throat Depth • Grainger $25.62 2 $51.24
TK16617171T Folding Sawhorse 27-12 L X 14-1516 W 31-12 Sawhorse Max. Height Plastic • Grainger $35.04 1 $35.04
TK16617165T 18 Locking C-Clamp 8-58 Max. Opening 9-12 Throat Depth • Grainger $16.53 2 $33.06
TK16617159T Vacuum BagPk20 • Grainger $26.49 1 $26.49
TK16617167T 7-14 Heavy Duty Staple Gun Yellow • Grainger $25.71 1 $25.71
TK16617161T Magnetic Aluminum Torpedo Level 6 Length Top Read Yes • Grainger $23.03 1 $23.03
TK16617166T Spring Clamp Max. Jaw Opening In. 3 Length In. 9 • Grainger $4.42 4 $17.68
TK16617160T 12 ft. Steel SAE Tape Measure Yellow • Grainger $3.80 4 $15.20
TK16617169T StapleBrad AsstNarrow2764PK2500 • Grainger $7.24 2 $14.48
TK16617164T 6 Locking C-Clamp 2 Max. Opening 1-18 Throat Depth • Grainger $5.17 2 $10.34
TK16617162T Precision Compass • Grainger $5.14 2 $10.28
TK16617168T Flat Crown Staples38x14PK5000 • Grainger $2.21 1 $2.21

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