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Teacher Yari from Oakland CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

You Will Move Mountains

Help me give my students an inspired explorer themed classroom to ignite their minds and imaginations into the world of education - with motivational images, serene bulletin boards, metaphorical mountains, and the word explorer emblazoned in gold.

  • $919 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

In a high trauma community, school is a rare place where young people are able to interact with peers and learn about friendship, communication, conflict resolution, and what it means to be an exemplar student and caring member of a community.

Our diverse kindergarten community is located in Oakland, California, and represents the highly diverse community.

Our school has one of the highest ethnic diversity index scores of all elementary schools in the district. Multiple countries and languages are represented by our students and families, of which 35 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Our school is committed to creating a space where our students can feel safe enough to open their minds and hearts to learning.

My Project

Before entering our room, our kindergarten students are faced with mountains high as the sky - the mountains of their past and future. Immutable, the mountains may seem insurmountable. But who are we if we do not prepare our young leaders to face the mountains of life with ferocity and zeal and to move them with the power of their heart, mind and soul?

Every young person who enters our classroom will know that they will grow up to move mountains.

This will be possible because the student's faces and stories will be reflected in the morning circle centerpiece, on the walls, and in the pride of their creations on display. Each student's goals, worries, strengths, and needs will be known so that we can work together to prepare them for the long journey ahead.

This will be possible because the message of moving mountains will resonate from from all around and throughout our learning environment. The paper mountains along the highest wall to the mountain covered pillows in the calm corner remind them that while our obstacles may seem beyond our reach they are also within our reach. The framed phrases like "Everyone Has a Story" and "Some See Weeds, Others See Wishes" will remind us of our discussions and lessons about community, diversity, and perspective. The serene bulletin boards themed for exploration will create a focal point for celebrated student work and community roles. Personal material and supply cases will allow students to gather artifacts, pictures, stories, and artwork throughout a project. A lantern will create a safe space for student to share notes with the teacher. The students will know in their core they are explorers with the strength to move mountains.

Teacher Yari
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
IRIS 12" x 12" Slim Portable Project Case, 10 Pack, Clear • Amazon Business $58.12 3 $174.36
IRIS Medium Modular Supply Case, 10 Pack • Amazon Business $18.74 3 $56.22
Americanflat 2 Pack - 8x10 White Rustic Picture Frames with Easels - Wall Display - Tabletop Display • Amazon Business $19.95 2 $39.90
Fadeless Bulletin Board Art Paper, Azure, 48" x 50', 1 Roll • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
IZO All Supply Premium Hypoallergenic Polyester Decorative Pillows High Loft Throw Pillows Set of 4 18x18 Pillow Inserts - Great Couch Pillows, Bed Pillows, Floor Pillows • Amazon Business $25.49 1 $25.49
Primitives by Kathy String Art Box Sign, Dandelion Wishes • Amazon Business $25.18 1 $25.18
Sterilite 16928006 Storage Crate, White, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $24.00 1 $24.00
Creative Teaching Press CTP0182BN Painted Palette Ombre Turquoise Scallops Border, 35' Per Pack, 6 Packs • Amazon Business $23.94 1 $23.94
Smart-Fab 3UBR030897 Pre-Stitched Ruffled Craft Fabric - Bulletin Board Borders, 3 Strips, 8' Long, 2.5" Wide, Better than Paper, Forest Colors (Turquoise, Grass Green, Apple Green)(Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $20.73 1 $20.73
Wooden Letters - E - Unfinished 12" Inch Decorative Craft Monogram for Wedding Parties and Home Décor with Tool Free Adhesive Foam Squares for Hanging - by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Wooden Letters - R - Unfinished 12" Inch Decorative Craft Monogram for Wedding Parties and Home Décor with Tool Free Adhesive Foam Squares for Hanging - by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Heyhousenny Cartoon Mountains Decorative Watercolour Throw Pillow Covers Tree Cushion Covers Square Outdoor Pillowcase for Sofa Set of 4 (Forest,Sun,Moon) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
White Wedding Moroccan Style Candle Lantern - Great for Patio, Indoors/Outdoors, Events, Parties and Weddings • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Devra Party Tissue Paper Fan Collection - 5 Large Assorted Fans (Sea Breeze - Mint, Teal, Turquoise, 18 and 13 inches) • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
Scholastic TF3302 Tall Green Grass Jumbo Borders • Amazon Business $7.89 2 $15.78
Explore Collection of Four 08x10 Inch Print Wall Art Prints, Typography, Nursery Decor, Kid's Wall Art Print, Kid's Room Decor, Gender Neutral, Motivational Word Art, Inspirational • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Creative Teaching Press Ombre Lime Green Scallops Borders (0181) • Amazon Business $7.23 2 $14.46
Fadeless Bulletin Board Art Paper, Brown, 48" x 12', 1 Roll • Amazon Business $13.58 1 $13.58
Teacher Created Resources TCR5867 Marquee Motivation Bulletin Board Display, Paper, Multi • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Fadeless Bulletin Board Art Paper, Tan, 48" x 12', 1 Roll • Amazon Business $11.94 1 $11.94
Fadeless Bulletin Board Art Paper, Pewter, 48" x 12', 1 Roll • Amazon Business $11.62 1 $11.62
Teacher Created Resources Shabby Chic Library Pockets (77178) • Amazon Business $9.41 1 $9.41
Wooden Letters - S - Unfinished 12" Inch Decorative Craft Monogram for Wedding Parties and Home Décor with Tool Free Adhesive Foam Squares for Hanging - by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Wooden Letters - L - Unfinished 12" Inch Decorative Craft Monogram for Wedding Parties and Home Décor with Tool Free Adhesive Foam Squares for Hanging - by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Wooden Letters - O - Unfinished 12" Inch Decorative Craft Monogram for Wedding Parties and Home Décor with Tool Free Adhesive Foam Squares for Hanging - by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Wooden Letters - P - Unfinished 12" Inch Decorative Craft Monogram for Wedding Parties and Home Décor with Tool Free Adhesive Foam Squares for Hanging - by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Wooden Letters - X - Unfinished 12" Inch Decorative Craft Monogram for Wedding Parties and Home Décor with Tool Free Adhesive Foam Squares for Hanging - by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Eureka Back to School Green Leaf Paper Cut Out Decorations for Teachers, 36 pc, 5.5'' W x 5.5'' H • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Carson Dellosa Leaves Cut-Outs (120128) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

Materials cost

$669.83

Vendor shipping charges

$9.73

State sales tax

$61.29

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.05

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$780.90

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$137.81

Total project goal

$918.71

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$918.71

13 Donors

-$458.00

Donations toward project cost

-$393.05

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$64.95

match offer

-$456.29

Match offer toward project cost

-$387.85

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$68.44

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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