You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.


Ms. Shariffskul from Berwyn IL is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We See the Light!

My students need a lighting board with a dimmer and DMX cable.

  • $243 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

***Who We Are...*** I teach middle school drama / speech grades 6 - 8. Our title I school district is in a high-risk community where most students are minority and low-income. Though our students struggle at times to succeed, they are passionate, imaginative kids who deserve the chance to experience a creative learning environment. ***The Project...*** I teach 8th grade theatre students public speaking, problem-solving, artistic, and teamwork skills by mounting 10-minute plays at the end of a 9 week class. This project allows students to create designs for their plays. This project allows students of all ability levels and learning types to play a role in the creative process. Special needs students of all types (gifted, slower learners, etc.) contribute in a way that works best for them. ***How the Class Works...*** 1. Students elect directors based on subject knowledge, fairness, kindness, intelligence, and leadership skills 2. The class chooses plays from scripts offered 3. Students audition and are cast based on both student interest in specific roles and ability level (every student has a role) 4. The directors lead rehearsals - planning out blocking (movement) and helping their peers interpret the text 5. Each student contributes element of design to the play: set, lights, sound, makeup, costumes, and prop (based on student interest or skill level in that area) WE NEED LIGHTS! 6. The designs are placed on display by the director 7. Students bring or create costumes, props, set pieces, sound effects, etc. that fit the designs they have created 8. Other classes are invited to see the productions 9. Students perform for between 40 – 60 audience members 10. Students and audience take part in a question/answer session where they evaluate their own work and the process itself ***The Problem...*** Right now our creative students have to resort to using flashlights and power point to create their lighting. The kids ask every quarter for more lighting, but I have been unable to find a system to control the lights until now. The lights and dimming system I have chosen will allow students to hang, focus, and control lights for play productions. More advanced students can also learn light design. ***How You Can Help...*** Your donation will make it possible for theater students to have lighting system they need to create their visions. By providing these materials, you allow the students to light up stage designs that will bring our productions to life.

Ms. Shariffskul
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

5 donors5 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 600 students.

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. Shariffskul is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Basic Stage Pak Lighting Control Package (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $169.99 1 $169.99

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


5 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Berwyn","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[127386],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"IL","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":293097,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":600,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Shariffskul","authorIds":{"127386":{"owner":"Ms. Shariffskul","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[293097],"proposalHash":"-1742721042","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":31947,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MTI3Mzg2","Mzg0MzAz","Mzg3MTU1","MzgyOTY4","Mzg3MTY0"],"teacherId":127386,"schoolCounty":"Cook","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"IL","name":"Illinois"}}