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Mr. Garcia from New York NY is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Writing Our Futures: Empowering Creative Leaders

Help me give my students positive reinforcement, comfortable seating options, fidgets and stress balls for challenging moments, and basic supplies for writing and group activities. This includes a printer, folding chairs, composition books, and other items.

  • $895 goal

This project expired on February 16, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I recently moved to W. to start as a Writing and Composition teacher. I spend most of my waking hours with vibrant and brilliant ninth graders who are budding into young adulthood. Our close-knit K-12 school community promotes pride in cultural identity, encourages vulnerability from students, and expects excellence from all community members.

We know that the odds are against us and this makes us work even harder.

My experience as a first-generation Latino college graduate from a poor community helps me understand the external challenges that my students face on a daily basis. We speak honestly about these barriers and make action plans to overcome them. As my students say, “we hustle to prove the haters wrong.” Of course, this is no small task. A big part of my job as their teacher is to understand their individual learning needs. It is my responsibility to enable them to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty. This means having one-on-conversations with them, meeting with parents, knowing what bothers them and what makes them feel supported. We celebrate little wins together every day.

My Project

In my class, we build community by writing about shared experiences and helping one another improve both our literacy and life skills. My goal is to create an environment that is safe, intellectually challenging, and responsive to their unique needs. My students practice leadership and college readiness skills in a variety of ways. They practice leadership by taking turns at monitoring classroom management, self-correcting when they get off task, and using their writing to take a stance on topics that impact our community. They practice college-readiness skills by learning to give gentle feedback to peers, learning to disagree respectfully, and connecting each and every lesson to their next steps along their academic journey.

My students and I have worked together to create a list of classroom supplies that would help us stay organized, encouraged, and on task.

This list includes items that give positive reinforcement, comfortable seating options, fidgets and stress balls for challenging moments, and basic supplies for writing and group activities. This list is informed by my own observations about what has and hasn’t worked for each of my students.

Your support, whatever the amount, is tremendously appreciated. We will keep you updated on how we progress towards our learning goals for the year.

Mr. Garcia
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HP Officejet 4650 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer with Ink Bundle • Amazon Business $142.78 1 $142.78
CampLand Bunjo Bungee Dish Chair Folding Camping Relax Fun Chair, Set of 2 • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
Mead Composition Books/Notebooks, College Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets, 12 Pack (72938) • Amazon Business $17.88 4 $71.52
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 1 Pad (559SS), Large White Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Super Sticking Power • Amazon Business $25.54 2 $51.08
Inspirational Quote Cards - Inspiring Motivational Cards - 6 Unique Designs - Bulk Box Set - Includes 48 Cards Envelopes - 4 x 6 inches • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Paper Mate Profile Ballpoint Pens, Bold(1.4mm), 12 Black Capped, 12 Blue Retractable & 12 Red Retractable, Total of 36 Pens • Amazon Business $24.81 1 $24.81
Sharpie Flip Chart Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors, Set of 8 • Amazon Business $7.92 3 $23.76
Impresa Products Stress Relief Balls (3-pack) - Tear-Resistant Stress Ball, Non-toxic, BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free (Colors as Shown) • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Sharpie Accent tank-Style Highlighters, 12 Fluorescent Green, 12 Fluorescent Blue & 12 Fluorescent Pink, Total of 36 Highlighters • Amazon Business $20.79 1 $20.79
Squishable / Mini Comfort Food Taco 7" Plush • Amazon Business $19.49 1 $19.49
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 2x Sticking Power, 3 in x 3 in, Rio de Janeiro Collection, 24 Pads, 70 Sheets/Pad, Cabinet Pack (654-24SSAU-CP) • Amazon Business $18.81 1 $18.81
Kleenex Hand Towels, 60 Disposable Towels per Box, 6 Packs • Amazon Business $17.94 1 $17.94
Flexible Fabric Premium Adhesive Bandages, 3/4 x 3, 100/Box (Pack of 2) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Learning Resources Student Grouping Pencils • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
GUND Pusheen Snackables Pizza Cat Plush Stuffed Animal, Gray, 9.5" • Amazon Business $14.05 1 $14.05
PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel, Refreshing Aloe, Design Series, 8 fl oz Hand Sanitizer Counter Top Pump Bottle (Pack of 4) - 9674-06-ECDECO • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Stress Balls Puffer Stress Relief Toys Value Assortment Bulk 1 Dozen Stress Relax Toy Balls, Squeeze Ball Puffer Ball Assortment Most Popular Selection of Hand Exercise Balls & Therapy Balls • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
Teacher Peach Sensory Stress Balls for Anxiety, and ADHD, Stress Relief Toy for Men, Women, Kids, and Adults, Teal 3 Pack • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Impresa Products Spiky Sensory Balls (Pack of 5) - Squeezy and Bouncy Fidget Toys / Sensory Toys - BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Binder Clips Paper Clamp for Paper-120 Pcs Clips Paper Binder Assorted Sizes (Black) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Educational Insights Playfoam Combo 8-Pack: Never Dries Out! • Amazon Business $11.32 1 $11.32
GloHeaven Motivational Stress Balls (3-Pack) Stress and Anxiety Relief Toys for Kids, Students and Adults • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Woodstock Solo Silver Zenergy Chime- Eastern Energies Collection • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Owl Hall Pass Lanyards and School Passes Set of 6 • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Teacher Stickers For Kids Mega Pack- Purple Ladybug Novelty, 4960 Reward Stickers & Incentive Stickers for Teachers Classroom & School Bulk Use! Includes Smiley Face Stickers & Star Stickers! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
XREXS Large Display Countdown Up Timer Clock Digital Kitchen Timer Magnetic Loud Alarm Cooking Timer with Stand (White-Battery Included • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00

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