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Mrs. Raymond from Houston TX is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Writing Islands

My students need motivating materials such as colored paper and colored pens to support their ability to communicate effectively in writing.

  • $886 goal

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My Students

The students at W.A. are open-minded young people who deserve every chance at success! They come to school every day willing to soak up all the learning they can; unfortunately, many of them have learning deficits that restrict them from accessing all the higher level skills required for their grade level. It is common to have students in the class that are reading 2+ years below their grade level. Research has shown that reading and writing skills are interdependent.

I want my students to achieve their maximum potential!

Students at W.A. are reluctant to take risks in their writing and tend to write at a basic level. One reason for this is that 80% of our population has limited English proficiency. We currently provide parent literacy classes to help with English language usage, which will have an impact on how they help their children. However, they also lack the ability to communicate in written form.

My Project

Writing is a challenge for students at W.A. They have little enthusiasm for the writing process and struggle to complete the writing process. They only have access to typical materials and supplies. By providing a variety of colorful paper, assorted pens, and fully supplied writing stations, students will be motivated to work at these "Islands of Writing" and be more enthusiastic about completing their writing.

By creating "Writing Islands," my students will begin to see themselves as authors and illustrators.

The goal is to improve students motivation to write and improve written communication. In order to motivate and inspire students, "Writing Islands" will provide students with much-needed materials that will be accessible to them as they move to publishing their work. We will use these materials to aide in the process of becoming life-long writers. Our district supports the Writer's Workshop in the elementary grades. Students in my classes will truly benefit from your donation!

Mrs. Raymond
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 999 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JJ926 - Classic Birch Tabletop Writing Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $79.99 3 $239.97
FF688 - File and Store Mobile Cart • Lakeshore Learning Materials $169.00 1 $169.00
Teacher Created Resources Superhero Smart Start 11 x 8.5" Story Paper Grades 1-2 (TCR77270) • Staples Advantage $11.99 5 $59.95
Staples Filler Paper, 8" x 10 1/2", Wide Ruled, Assorted Brights, 100/Pk • Staples Advantage $4.99 10 $49.90
Dixon Ticonderoga Woodcase Pencils, #2 Soft, Yellow Barrel, 72/Pack • Staples Advantage $17.49 2 $34.98
Pendaflex Glow Twisted File Folders, Letter Size, 3 Tab, Assorted Colors, 12/Pack (40526) • Staples Advantage $5.99 5 $29.95
Dixon Ticonderoga Beginners Primary Woodcase Pencils with Eraser, #2 Soft, Yellow Barrel, 12/Bx • Staples Advantage $5.19 5 $25.95
Staples Filler Paper, 8" x 10 1/2", Wide Ruled, Assorted Pastels, 100/Pk • Staples Advantage $4.99 5 $24.95
LL130 - Heavy-Duty Paper Trays - Set of 3 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
Paper Mate InkJoy 100 RT Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, Assorted Ink Colors, 20/pk (1879331) • Staples Advantage $9.29 2 $18.58
Staples Colored Reinforced Hanging File Folders, 5-Tab, Letter, Assorted Colors, 25/Box (18654-US-CC) • Staples Advantage $17.79 1 $17.79
Staples One-Touch Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, Fastening Capacity 30 Sheet/20 lb., Blue • Staples Advantage $15.99 1 $15.99
Staples Filler Paper, 8" x 10 1/2", Wide Ruled, 3-Hole Punched, 120 Sheets • Staples Advantage $1.00 5 $5.00

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