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Ms. Zwierzynski from Trenton NJ is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

What Am I Moving? STEAM in the Dance Classroom 2.0

Help me give my students a class set of yoga blocks, yoga mats, foam rollers, and massage balls to use in our anatomy unit.

  • $1,982 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The dancers of TCHS are a phenomenal group of 10th-12th graders who train daily to hone their skills. These learners are physically expressive, socially conscious, and creative individuals. As a community we view education and art-making as tools for empowerment, self-reflection, and social change.

As adolescent learners, I find many of my students lack knowledge about how their bodies work.

The study of anatomy and kinesiology is key to better understand how the body functions in both everyday applications and the dance class. I instruct an anatomy unit in our Dance I course which includes bone and muscle identification, action of the joints, common dance injuries, and preventative conditioning. Each time I instruct this unit, I am surprised by students' excitement when they are successfully identifying bony and muscular landmarks of their body. There is a shift in ownership when this material is applied and mastered by my students. As an educator, it is a rewarding transformation to see students begin to use this academic language when describing or cueing a movement exercise. I would like to move full STEAM ahead in adapting these units to be more inquiry-based.

My Project

This project is requesting a new set of yoga mats, yoga blocks, and foam rollers for my dance class. Next year we move into a new high school site and as I was packing up the classroom, I discovered that our yoga mats, yoga blocks and foam rollers were nibbled on by the mice in our building. Unfortunately our current building is in such a state of disrepair that we have a large rodent problem. There were bite marks in all of the materials and mouse droppings underneath the items. I feel humbled by asking our donor base to support these materials for a second time, but at this point the materials are unsafe to use or even to attempt to clean. In requesting these materials, I want to showcase to my students that they deserve a new fresh start in the high school. I want them to take pride in their learning and that starts with clean and safe materials. Here is a description of the project.

I wish to empower my students with the resources of a yoga mats, yoga blocks, foam rollers, and massage balls to create personalized conditioning plans for themselves.

During the initial stages of the unit, there will be some direct instruction using the yoga mats to learn about the bones, muscles, and common misalignments. The learning will shift to be student directed when students are creating individualized conditioning programs based on their assessment of needs for strength and/or flexibility. The requested materials will be used as one to one tools so that students can experiment with varying difficulty levels of Yoga and Pilates exercises. With your support, I look forward to the personal discoveries my students will make as they learn how to better understand and care for their bodies.

Ms. Zwierzynski
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
321 STRONG Foam Roller - Medium Density Deep Tissue Massager for Muscle Massage and Myofascial Trigger Point Release, with 4K eBook - Blue • Amazon Business $14.84 15 $222.60
Massage Ball Kit for Myofascial Trigger Point Release & Deep Tissue Massage - Set of 6 - Large Foam/Small Foam/Lacrosse/Peanut/Spiky/Hand Exercise Ball – Carry Bag & Exercise Guide Include • Amazon Business $21.99 5 $109.95
Gaiam Yoga Block - Supportive Latex-Free EVA Foam Soft Non-Slip Surface for Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Skyline • Amazon Business $9.99 10 $99.90
TOPLUS Yoga Mat, Upgraded 1/4 inch Non-Slip Texture Pro Yoga Mat Eco Friendly Exercise & Workout Mat with Carrying Strap - for Yoga, Pilates and Floor Exercises (Pink) • Amazon Business $30.99 3 $92.97
TOPLUS Yoga Mat, Upgraded 1/4 inch Non-Slip Texture Pro Yoga Mat Eco Friendly Exercise & Workout Mat with Carrying Strap - for Yoga, Pilates and Floor Exercises (Orange) • Amazon Business $30.99 3 $92.97
TOPLUS Yoga Mat - Upgraded Yoga Mat Eco Friendly Non-Slip Exercise & Fitness Mat with Carrying Strap, Workout Mat for All Type of Yoga, Pilates and Floor Exercises(1/4 inch-1/8 inch) • Amazon Business $29.99 3 $89.97
TOPLUS Yoga Mat - Upgraded Yoga Mat Eco Friendly Non-Slip Exercise & Fitness Mat with Carrying Strap, Workout Mat for All Type of Yoga, Pilates and Floor Exercises(1/4 inch-1/8 inch) • Amazon Business $29.99 3 $89.97
Gaiam Yoga Block - Supportive Latex-Free EVA Foam Soft Non-Slip Surface for Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Tri-Color • Amazon Business $8.99 10 $89.90
TOPLUS Yoga Mat - Upgraded Yoga Mat Eco Friendly Non-Slip Exercise & Fitness Mat with Carrying Strap, Workout Mat for All Type of Yoga, Pilates and Floor Exercises(1/4 inch-1/8 inch) • Amazon Business $28.99 3 $86.97
IUGA Yoga Mat Non Slip Textured Surface, Reversible Dual Color, Eco Friendly Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap, Thick Exercise & Workout Mat for Yoga, Pilates and Fitness (72"x 24"x 6mm) • Amazon Business $27.95 3 $83.85
IUGA Yoga Mat Non Slip Textured Surface, Reversible Dual Color, Eco Friendly Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap, Thick Exercise & Workout Mat for Yoga, Pilates and Fitness (72"x 24"x 6mm) • Amazon Business $27.95 3 $83.85
IUGA Yoga Mat Non Slip Textured Surface, Reversible Dual Color, Eco Friendly Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap, Thick Exercise & Workout Mat for Yoga, Pilates and Fitness (72"x 24"x 6mm) • Amazon Business $27.95 3 $83.85
IUGA Yoga Mat Non Slip Textured Surface, Reversible Dual Color, Eco Friendly Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap, Thick Exercise & Workout Mat for Yoga, Pilates and Fitness (72"x 24"x 6mm) • Amazon Business $27.90 3 $83.70
Gaiam Yoga Block - Supportive Latex-Free EVA Foam Soft Non-Slip Surface for Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Tri-Color Teal Tonal • Amazon Business $7.99 10 $79.90
IUGA Yoga Mat Non Slip Textured Surface, Reversible Dual Color, Eco Friendly Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap, Thick Exercise & Workout Mat for Yoga, Pilates and Fitness (72"x 24"x 6mm) (Purple/Pink) • Amazon Business $25.00 3 $75.00
ActiveProZone Therapy Massage Ball - Instant Muscle PAIN RELIEF. Proven EFFECTIVE for Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Pressure, Yoga & Trigger Point Treatments. SET - 2 Extra Firm Balls W/Mesh Bag. • Amazon Business $13.97 5 $69.85
ActiveProZone Therapy Massage Ball - Instant Muscle Pain Relief. Proven Effective for Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Pressure, Yoga & Trigger Point Treatments. Set - 2 Lacrosse Balls W/Mesh Bag • Amazon Business $12.97 5 $64.85
Asutra, 100% Natural and Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner, Safe for All Mats, No Slippery Residue, Cleans, Restores, Refreshes, Free Microfiber Cleaning Towel, Peaceful Lavender Aroma, 4 Oz. • Amazon Business $9.90 3 $29.70

Materials cost

$1,629.75

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$24.45

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,684.20

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$297.21

Total project goal

$1,981.41

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,981.41

10 Donors

-$974.50

Donations toward project cost

-$862.60

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$111.90

Matching donations from our partners

-$966.58

Match offers toward project cost

-$821.59

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$144.99

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$40.32

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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