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Mrs. Galary from New Bedford MA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Wanted: Our First School Store

Help me give my students a chance to open and run their first school school. This will give them the opportunity to learn how to operate and run a business.

  • $408 goal

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My Students

As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. We currently have around 375 students that attend my school, and I see everyone as the health teacher. We have around 200 English Language Learners, and every day the number grows.

The majority of my students live in the three nearby housing developments and walk to school no matter what the weather is like.

All the students at my school receive free breakfast and lunch, and this is huge because for some of them, this is all they get to eat all day.

We currently have 26 students that are "homeless." They either live in shelters, bounce around the houses of friends or families or live at a local motel. The majority of our students have social-emotional challenges and a lot of trauma that they deal with every day which is really tough when trying to learn.

Despite the many challenges they face, I try every day to make sure my students receive a meaningful learning experience at school and in my class.

My Project

This school store will give our students a chance to open their own business. We will have to create hours, prices and track our sales. This will also give students a chance to spend their tickets that they have earned through PBIS and purchase the items. I have selected several small incentives such as bracelets, slime, pencils, pencil sharpeners, toy cars, and other items that they can buy. My students will be learning how to count their tickets and learn to save for something big they may want or spend it on something little. Students will run the store with supervision. They will be responsible for deciding pricing the items and selling them. Students will learn how to count the tickets or money and make necessary change if they need to.

Students will learn the importance of earning and saving money and tickets.

My students will earn tickets by completing homework assignments, daily work, good behavior or by having good attendance. Students will have a chance once a week to go to the store and shop around. It will be a great life lesson overall for all the students involved.

Mrs. Galary
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
IRIS USA, Inc. TB-42 12 Quart Stack & Pull Box, Clear, 6 Stack and Pull • Amazon Business $24.44 1 $24.44
Fun Express Mini Clear Putty Glitter (8 Dozen) 96 pcs. • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Monster Stationery - 6 Inch / 15cm Transparent Coloured Rulers - Shatter Resistant - Class Pack of 50 - Mixed • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Rhode Island Novelty 2" Mini Stress Balls Assortment | Pack of 50 • Amazon Business $20.24 1 $20.24
June Gold 72 Mechanical Pencils, 0.7 mm HB #2 Lead, 2 Lead Dispensers/w 220 Refills & 16 Refill Erasers, Break Resistant Lead, Convenient Side Click & Soft Non-Slip Grip • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Prextex 100 Pc Die Cast Toy Cars Party Favors Easter Eggs Filler or Cake Toppers Stocking Stuffers Cars Toys for Kids • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97
baotongle 50 PCS Clear Color Zip up PVC A5 Paper Document File Bill Zipper Bag Pencil Pouch • Amazon Business $16.69 1 $16.69
60 Bulk Pack Colorful Building Block Bricks Mini Notepads Spiral Notebooks Kids Carnival Birthday Theme Party Favor Supplies Decoration for Teens Girls Boys Teacher Children Classroom Rewards • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
100 Pieces Assorted Stamps for Kids Self-ink Stamps (50 DIFFERENT Designs, Plastic Stamps, Emoji Stampers, Dinosaur Stampers, Zoo Safari Stampers) for Easter Egg Stuffers, Party Favor, Teacher Stamps • Amazon Business $15.94 1 $15.94
Arteza Gel Pens 60-Individual-Colors Acid-Free & Non-Toxic (0.8-1.0 mm Tips, Set of 60) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Ce De Candy Inc Smarties Pops 120 Piece Jar • Amazon Business $14.30 1 $14.30
Lineon 100 Pack Gel Pens Set, 50 Colors Gel Pens with 50 Refills Gel Pen Set for Adult Coloring Books Drawing Doodling Art Markers • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
JM-Capricorns 36pcs 9 x 4-1/2 inches Waterproof Plastic Double Layer Zipper File Bags Invoice Pouches Bill Bag Pencil Pouch Pen Bag (6 Color) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
36 Pieces Colorful Gaming Bracelets Glow Game Wristband Silicone Game Bracelets for Party Game Supplies • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Emoji Erasers by LiveEco, 120-Pack Fun Cute Pencil Erasers for Kids (Bulk Set), Great for Rewards, Party Favors, Birthdays, School Prizes, Classroom Incentives or Gifts for Teachers • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Pencil Top Eraser Caps Arrowhead Assorted Colors in Bulk Pack of 250 • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
JOYIN Toy 48 Pieces Emoji Emotion Silicone Wristband Bracelets Kids Party Favor, Easter Basket Stuffers • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Super Z Outlet 80s Colorful Retro Rock Pop Star Rainbow Diva Disco Jelly Neon Gel Stretchable Bracelets Bands for Theme Events, Colorful Assortment, Assorted Toy Party Favor Prizes (Assorted 288pk) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Airheads Bars, Chewy Fruit Candy, Variety Pack, Party, Non Melting, 90 Count (Packaging May Vary) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Fun Central AU204 72 Pack Kids Plastic Manual Pencil Sharpener with Cap Bulk Set for School and Home - for Goodie Bag Fillers, Gifts, Donations, Office School Supplies - Multicolor Assortment • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49

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