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Ms. Klotz from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Why Fit in When We Were Born to Stand Out

My students need a variety of materials to meet their social emotional needs. Items such as a sensory table, fidgets, and flexible seating chairs will allow them to focus and succeed on their work.

  • $816 goal

This project expired on November 26, 2018.

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My Students

My students are kind, silly, hard working, and resilient Pre K- 3rd graders. They are Diverse Learners, meaning they need individualized, targeted instruction in order for their needs to be met and for them to achieve academic success. Though my students face countless challenges both in and out of the classroom, each day they come to school with positive attitudes and smiles on their faces.

Though my students have fallen through the cracks and are multiple years behind grade-level in both reading and math, they work as a team day in and day out to help each other reach their individual goals as well as our collective goals.

Perseverance, empathy, kindness, and gratitude are values that are instilled and practiced in our classroom. My students encourage and root for one another as they work tirelessly to become better at reading and at math.

My Project

My students are deserving of a classroom full of resources that can meet all of their needs. The materials listed will allow my students to be successful on tasks that they might not otherwise be able to complete. The sensory table, fidgets and chairs will allow for flexible seating and sensory stimulation, which will enable my students to release their energy in productive ways and ultimately be able to focus on improving their reading and math skills.

Structure and consistency are important components of any Special Education classroom, and the materials such as the spot markers and the laminating pouches will be used to help my students follow their schedules and gradually gain independence in our classroom.

Oftentimes my students experience sensory overload, getting overwhelmed by loud sounds, large groups of people, etc. The tennis balls will be placed on the bottoms of their chairs to reduce the amount of noise and distractions in the classroom.

My students are extremely deserving of a classroom that can meet all of their individual needs. They need these additional supports and resources to meet their goals. These materials will help our classroom be one that is fun and engaging, while also organized and structured.

Ms. Klotz
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 15 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Jonti-Craft 0285JC Sensory Table • Amazon Business $299.99 1 $299.99
Active Kids Chair - Active Chairs for Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers & Children Who Can’t Sit Still - Great 14" Wobble Chair for Kids with ADD/ADHD - Corrects Posture | Blue - Age range 3-7y • Amazon Business $42.99 2 $85.98
Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair - Classic Children's Stability Ball Chair, Alternative School Classroom Flexible Desk Seating for Active Students with Satisfaction Guarantee, Blue/Green • Amazon Business $69.98 1 $69.98
Smartlife15 Practice Tennis Balls, Standard Training Exercise Tennis Balls, Rubber Balls for Children Beginners Pet, Pack of 15 • Amazon Business $18.59 2 $37.18
Stretchy Resistance Fidget Bands Toy For Kids 3 Pack | Bounce, Kick & Stretch Your Feet | For ADHD, ADD, SPD, Autism & Poor Concentration | Improve Classroom Focus, Ameliorate Sensory Input • Amazon Business $12.85 2 $25.70
SpringFly 030 12 Pack Bundle Sensory Fidget Cube/Bike Chain/Liquid Motion Timer/Rainbow Magic Ball/Mesh and Marble Toy/Soybeans Squeeze Grape • Amazon Business $21.60 1 $21.60
U.S. Coach Supply Rainbow Poly Spot Markers | Sit Poly Spots - 12 Pack • Amazon Business $21.00 1 $21.00
STAEDTLER pencil sharpener, premium quality sharpener with screw-on lid, prevents accidental openings, compact size for pencil case and work-station, 511 63BK • Amazon Business $4.00 5 $20.00
SadoTech Model C Wireless Doorbell Operating at over 500-feet Range with Over 50 Chimes, No Batteries Required for Receiver, (White) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
5 Twist N Write Mechanical Pencils with Pkg. of 5 Refills, 2mm Lead • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
EXPO 1927526 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Vibrant Colors, 16-Count • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
AmazonBasics Thermal Laminating Pouches - 8.9" x 11.4", 100-Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Calypso Dry Erase Dot Decal • Amazon Business $10.03 1 $10.03

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