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Ms. Brooks from Chicago IL is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Zen Den for Stressed Students

Help me give my students a rug, salt lamp, desktop fountain, kid-friendly books of mindfulness, and a buddha board.

  • $393 goal

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My Students

Pilsen is a vibrant neighborhood on the near South side of Chicago. It's a diverse and hard-working community that is reflected in the students attending our school. Due to gentrification, some of our neighborhood families are struggling to make ends meet while paying rising rent costs, and others have had to move further away to be able to continue to afford a living space for their families.

The Students at my school in the Pilsen neighborhood reflect their community with their resilient spirits.

Despite many challenges they face in and out of school, my students come to school each day to feel a sense of safety and belonging in our neighborhood school. My students' smiles make my days better; I hope to use your help to put more smiles on their faces!

My Project

The concerns in a typical Elementary / Middle schooler's day might include family changes, friend problems, school work overload, and social pressures. Sometimes it all gets to be too much and it comes out through anger, conflict, or anxiety in my students. I'd like to turn my school counseling office into a zen den space with a salt lamp, desktop fountain, kid-friendly books of mindfulness, and a buddha board to show them how to put negative thoughts down and watch them disappear.

By teaching my 3-15 year old students how to identify and release negative thoughts and feelings, they'll learn skills on how to manage emotions that they'll carry with them as they grow up.

Giving kids a place to stop and breathe for a minute in our fast-paced world helps them get centered and back to a better mindset to be ready to learn in the classroom. Since school counseling support is short-term and solution focused, having an atmosphere and tools to supplement my lessons will help me make a bigger impact on my students.

Ms. Brooks
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
nuLOOM Hand Braided Bohemian Colorful Cotton Round Rug, Ivory, 6' • Amazon Business $91.02 1 $91.02
Sunnydaze 6-Tier Stone Falls Tabletop Water Fountain with LED Light, 15 Inch • Amazon Business $57.95 1 $57.95
The Original Buddha Board: Relaxing Water Drawing, Painting & Writing Board with Bamboo Brush & Stand • Amazon Business $34.95 1 $34.95
Ambient Salt Lamp Authentic Himalayan Lamp 7-9" 7-9 lbs Hand Crafted Natural Crystal Salt Rock with UL Listed and Certified Dimmer Switch • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
SOAIY Sleep Soother Aurora Projection LED Night Light Lamp with 8 Lighting Mode & Speaker, Relaxing Light Show for Baby Kids and Adults, Mood Light for Baby Nursery Bedroom Living Room (Black) • Amazon Business $20.98 1 $20.98
New Launched Blue Gold Passion Ombre Mandala Tapestry By Madhu International, Boho Mandala Tapestry, Wall Hanging, Gypsy Tapestry,Multicolor,85 X 89 inches • Amazon Business $17.50 1 $17.50
Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles • Amazon Business $12.58 1 $12.58
10-Minute Mindfulness: 71 Habits for Living in the Present Moment • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39

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