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Mr. Shopis
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 1 donor
  • $0 still needed

Young Peoples Personal Pencil Project

My students need 216 pencils, erasers, and a Boston School Pro Electric Pencil Sharpener.

The cost of a pencil can buy a student nearly six extra days of science class! I teach science to 145 6th graders in a high need, urban public school classroom. Our special education students are fully included in our regular classrooms. So, in addition to the intense needs of students from a distressed community my classroom has the additional challenge of providing support for special needs children with only one teacher (me!) to go around.

Time is precious in my science lab because my students only have science for half the year (90 days instead of 180). When every second counts, time wasted searching for, borrowing and sharpening pencils really hurts! Many of my students' families have a difficult time affording school supplies so the students arrive without a pencil frequently! Students can spend five minutes of class time just getting set with a pencil. That adds up to almost six full periods of instruction per year spent dealing with pencils!

If my students had a reliable and quick way to acquire and sharpen pencils in class, I could get almost six full days of instruction back for them. Imagine the difficulty of extending the school year by six days. That's like moving a mountain. However, buying a pencil is easy.

Your help will ensure that every single one of my students has a personal pencil that they can borrow any day they forget theirs. Also, when they bring their own, they will be able to quickly sharpen their pencil with an electric sharpener instead of wasting precious lab time struggling with an ancient hand sharpener. When time in science has already been cut in half, these simple time-saving items will have a significant impact on learning and student achievement. The time you can save us will really add up and make a big difference.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
QB MECH PENCIL W/GRIP .7MM -- Quill Mechanical Pencil with Grip; 0.7mm • Quill Corporation $2.87 18 $51.66
Q-TECH 90 LEAD REFILLS, .7MM -- Quill Q-Tech Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills; .7mm • Quill Corporation $1.79 10 $17.90
ECONOMY ERASER CAPS ASSORTED COLOR • Teacher's School Supply $4.55 3 $13.65
SCHOOL PRO ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPNER -- X-ACTO by Boston School Pro Electric Pencil Sharpener • Quill Corporation $33.29 1 $33.29

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