My students need a professional paper shredder to develop fine motor skills and to learn staying on task--a challenge for them since they have disabilities.
This project expired on June 8, 2018.
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We're a multicultural inner city school teaching young adults with disabilities what they need to be more independent. Their disabilities may be cognitive, emotional, mental, physical or a combination of all four.
My students are a motivated group of young adults with moderate to severe disabilities preparing for the work place.
They learn new skills by working with assistance with staff and their MOST favorite job is shredding paper. They love learning how to feed the paper into the machine and seeing instant results.
More than 3/4 of our school's student population come from low-income households and I've many immigrant students in my classroom.
You can help my students continue their work learning by helping us buy a new paper shredder (before our old one burns out!). Using a paper shredder helps students to learn how to stay on task and it also improves their fine motor skills.
Our present paper shredder--which is is used, cheap and undurable-- overheats 2-3 times a day.
It takes 40 minutes to cool down, which is frustrating to students and wastes work time.
The shredded paper is sold to the Humane Society and the profits are used by our classroom to set up a mock up "store," where students learn to shop, handle money, and handle social situations.
Anther benefit of shredding is it helps our school reduce waste. The paper is provided by the recycling bins in our classrooms.
The shredder will be used by other classrooms as well for the same purpose.
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