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Ms. Alston from Richmond VA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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Help me give my students materials for stem projects and experiments for units throughout the year.

  • $158 goal

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My Students

Being at our school for several years, I have gotten the chance to really get to know many of the students in the school, including those I have never taught. Many of them have gone through seriously adverse situations and misfortunes that impact their everyday life, especially their education. I am amazed at how resilient they can be, and how they push through to the best of their abilities regardless of hardships that affect them. Being a fifth grade teacher has shown me how fast some students have to mature. I have taught their younger siblings in previous years (coming up from kindergarten and first grade) and see how they take care of their family. Each child that I have gotten to know at this school has my heart.

I want nothing but the best for all of these students, and that includes giving them hands-on experiences that will be memorable to them.

My students need to be able to feel like school isn't another one of their draining duties or work. I want them to enjoy school and look forward to each day in my class.

My Project

These materials will allow me to do some of the fun experiments and activities that correlate with our units in the class. Many times I have to do demos for the class to only observe and record their predictions and findings due to lack of materials. It gets expensive to make science hands-on for all students. The materials I chose such as the clay, cups, glue sticks, and food coloring are general items that will aid in cutting the cost of specific projects.

I believe the students will be much more engaged if they are able to do experiments and try things out on their own.

It will also give us the opportunity to try out stem projects for fun and apply the scientific method to testable questions. Science is meant to be fun, and I really want my students to experience that side of it.

Ms. Alston
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sargent Art Plastilina Modeling Clay, 5-Pound, Cream • Amazon Business $16.56 2 $33.12
AmazonBasics Plastic Cups, Clear - 7-Ounce, 1000-Pack • Amazon Business $26.28 1 $26.28
Joyin Toy 120 Pack Giant Box Non-toxic Jumbo Washable Sidewalk Chalk Set in 10 Colors (120 Pieces) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 60 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $17.70 1 $17.70
Spice Select Neon Food Colors Blue Green Pink Purple 1.2 Oz • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95

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