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Mrs. Berry from Prescott Valley AZ is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Yesterday's Games for Tomorrow's Leaders

My students need traditional board games to challenge 21st Century skills necessary for tomorrow's educational opportunities.

  • $348 goal

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My Students

Our school is a rural, public elementary school. We are committed to providing all students with a well-rounded curriculum that engages students in hands-on, project-based learning, as well as developing social skills and building character. Many of our students come from single family homes or are raised by guardians. Over 70% of the students are on free or reduced-price lunch. We work hard to ensure that economics does not get in the way of a quality education.

Our school has 300 K-2nd graders who are constantly thirsting for challenges and are eager to have life-learning that will deepen their knowledge in the future.

I believe our primary students should be given every opportunity to achieve. For many of our students, they are no longer exposed to traditional board games with the television and video games occupying their free time now. Board games are important in teaching the social skills many do not have when entering school.

Board games can teach important social skills, such as communication, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and collaborative interactions with one another. Board games can foster the ability to focus and lengthen the students' attention spans by encouraging completion of an enjoyable game.

My Project

I plan to use these traditional board games to promote critical thinking, problem solving, cooperation, and building healthy friendships. I plan to take the joys of my own childhood experiences with board games and bring it to the classroom to help with the development of the whole child. Students in grades K-2 will have an opportunity to come weekly and play a game of their choice before school.

Kids learn how to persevere and keep trying when they don't win.

These are life skills that are necessary to be successful citizens in our world. Board games are a wonderful tool to develop social skills. Today's classrooms are more inclusive of students that struggle socially. Games like Candyland, Hungry, Hungry Hippo, Chutes and Ladders, and Sorry will provide an opportunity to focus on communication skills such as sharing, waiting, and taking turns.

Business leaders regularly complain that our education system fails to teach students the 21st century skills they need for the working world, such as problem solving, communication, and the ability to work well in teams. Students learn to work well with others who may have a different socioeconomic background, different learning style, or a different culture. As a result, students are better prepared to take their place in the business world.

Board games encourage kids to consider the concepts on rules, following rules, and reasoning moral problems. Many board games encourage players to detect patterns, plan ahead, predict the outcomes of alternative moves, and learning from experience. Kids are learning when they attempt to explain their reasoning processes. Board games at our school will help students with the 5C's, our school mission, and hopefully bring a tie back into students' homes, where they ask for games, encouraging more family time in our community.

Mrs. Berry
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 200 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Office Star Prado 2 Shelf Bookcase, White Laminate Finish • Amazon Business $71.28 1 $71.28
Qwirkle Board Game • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
Mouse Trap Game • Amazon Business $18.93 1 $18.93
Perfection Game • Amazon Business $16.39 1 $16.39
Classic Operation Game • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game (31 pcs) • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Chutes and Ladders Game (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Hungry Hungry Hippos • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Candy Land The World of Sweets Game (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Jenga Classic Game • Amazon Business $10.27 1 $10.27
Guess Who? Classic Game • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Hasbro Connect 4 Game • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Sorry! Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
Trouble Game • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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