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Ms. K. from Chicago IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Working Hard Pays Off (Literally!)

Help me give my students fidget spinners, squishy toys, wikkistix, and chips as prizes to increase desired behaviors and build financial literacy.

  • $163 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are amazing; my students are silly; my students are smart, and my students want to learn more! My students are all special education students with a variety of learning, behavioral, and emotional disabilities who attend a school in a high-need community on the northwest side of Chicago.

Despite the challenges they face both inside and outside the classroom, my students all want to learn and work hard every single day.

However, my students often do not have the resources they need to be the most successful. These students already have so many factors working against them; lack of resources should not be one of them. Being in the special education classroom for part of the day actually means they have fewer resources than their typically developing peers have, as resources often go to the general education classrooms first. Therefore, students with the highest needs often have the fewest resources, especially materials that are at their level and accessible to them. My students are amazing and have made great strides despite this lack of resources, but I can only imagine the successful young men and women they will become with the resources necessary to help them achieve.

My Project

At the beginning of each school year, I explain to my students that just like I get paid to do my job every day, they will also get "paid" to do their "jobs." Similarly, if I did not perform my job adequately and did not meet expectations, there would be consequences. In my classroom, students are able to earn class money as a reward for positive expected behaviors. Each time students enter my class, they are able to earn up to $1.00 of class money. When they fail to meet expectations, they loose some of their "paycheck." This system holds students accountable for their actions, such as helping others and being on task, so that all students feel safe in the learning environment and that instruction is not interrupted with unwanted behaviors and distractions.

Although we want students to always do the right thing, fourth and fifth graders, who have not yet fully developed intrinsic motivation to always work hard and do what is right, often need some extrinsic motivation to help them stay on track.

As a result, in order to create buy-in, students are able to cash in the class money they have earned for prizes. With this project, we will make sure that we always have the prizes available for students to earn.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fidget Hand Spinners 25 PC Color Bundle Bulk EDC Tri-Spinner Desk School Toy Anxiety Relief ADHD Student Relax Therapy Pack Combo Wholesale Green Red Black White Blue Yellow Glow Pink Glow Sky Blue • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
WikkiStix Assorted Fun Favors • Amazon Business $22.21 1 $22.21
Frito-Lay Flamin' Hot Mix Variety Pack, Cheetos Cheese Snacks, Funyuns and More, 40 Count • Amazon Business $15.28 1 $15.28
Barcel Mini Takis - Crunchy Rolled Tortilla Chips – Fuego Flavor (Hot Chili Pepper & Lime), 25 Individual Snack Packs (1.2 oz) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
POKONBOY 45 Pack Mochi Squishy Toys Mini Squishies, Squishy Party Favors for Kids Unicorn Cat Squishy Kawaii Animal Squishies Stress Relief Toys Birthday Gifts • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Frito-Lay Party Mix Variety Pack, 40 Count • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13

Materials cost

$106.55

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.60

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$138.15

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$24.38

Total project goal

$162.53

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$162.53

1 Donor

-$69.08

Donations toward project cost

-$69.08

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$81.26

Match offer toward project cost

-$69.07

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$12.19

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$12.19

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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