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Mr. De La Pena from El Paso TX is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Zen Strong Students

Help me give my students a calming yet stimulating learning environment with plants, lights, and comfortable seating.

  • $693 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We're a Title I school in El Paso, Texas with high rates of mobility, poverty and 83% of students on free or reduced lunch. I am a Special Education teacher that will be moved in the 2019-20 school year, to a new self-contained class for students that need a modified curriculum.

I am MOVING to a new self-contained unit with severe learning disabilities, help me be ready for my new students!

Our city's recent tragedy will be on all students' minds, I hope this project will help them and keep them focused on learning as much as possible! I know it won't be easy for any of us, but I will try my best. With your help, I know we can. I am going to meet my new students soon, but I want to be ready for them. I am super excited to be back in a self-contained classroom.

My Project

All these materials have one goal in mind, to help my students and school heal and feel more at peace. They will care for the plants, they will have comfortable seating for reading and meditation, they will have decorative lights that will help provide a learning environment. This is my 2nd year back in El Paso, but I grew up here and it has been my home for more than 30 years, yet I feel like its a new city after the recent tragedy.

I feel unprepared and overwhelmed, with thoughts of "how am I going to change anything?"

I also feel hope and passion from donors like you. I will use every bit of knowledge and creativity I have to do the best I can for all our students in this scary and unknown new school year. In the end, I know it will be rough at times, but the extraordinary people (teachers, students, parents, staff) all over our city will rise out of this. I never thought this would happen, but I am here and I will do everything I can. This is why I came back to El Paso because I knew my city needed me to do more. I need El Paso, I need to do more for El Paso. So here I am, thinking of the best way I can create a nurturing environment to help bring our students learning, change, peace and healing.

Mr. De La Pena
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sorbus Grass Mat Interlocking Grass Tiles – Soft Artificial Carpet Grass Turf – Multipurpose Fake Grass Flooring – for Deck, Patio, Playrooms, Borders Included (12 Tiles,48 Sq ft) • Amazon Business $67.34 1 $67.34
Nearly Natural 5209 Ficus Silk Tree, 6-Feet, Green • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Vtete 7.5 Inch Succulent Plant Container Box with 4 Pcs Faux Plants and 30 Pcs Miniature Fairy Ornament DIY Kit • Amazon Business $13.99 4 $55.96
ECR4Kids The Surf Portable Lap Desk/Laptop Stand/Writing Table, Blue • Amazon Business $26.80 2 $53.60
4 Pack Copper Fireworks Lights,198 LED 8 Modes Dimmable Dandelion String Lights,Battery Operated Hanging Starburst Light with Remote Control,Decorative Copper Wire Lights for Home,Patio,Outdoor • Amazon Business $45.99 1 $45.99
HOMENOTE 2.75 inch Small Succulent Planter Set with Drainage Bamboo Tray Mini Plant Pots for Succulents Plants(Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
Electric Jellyfish Tank Table Lamp with Color Changing Light Gift for Kids Men Women Home Deco for Room Mood Light for Relax • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
LED String Lights 33ft with 100 LEDs, TaoTronics Waterproof Outdoor & Indoor Decorative Lights for Bedroom, Garden, Patio, Parties. UL588 and TUVus Approved ( Copper Wire Lights, Warm White ) • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
FelizMax Zafu Buckwheat Meditation Cushion, Round zabuton Meditation Pillow, Yoga Bolster, Floor Pouf, Zippered Organic Cotton Cover, Machine Washable - Black 13”x13”x5” • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
FelizMax Zafu Buckwheat Meditation Cushion, Round zabuton Meditation Pillow, Yoga Bolster, Floor Pouf, Zippered Organic Cotton Cover, Machine Washable - Blue, 13"x13"x5" • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
FelizMax Zafu Buckwheat Meditation Cushion, Round zabuton Meditation Pillow, Yoga Bolster, Floor Pouf, Zippered Organic Cotton Cover, Machine Washable - Green 13”x13”x5” • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Classic Home and Garden Honeysuckle Planter, Patio Pot, 15" Bamboo • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
FelizMax Zafu Buckwheat Meditation Cushion, Round zabuton Meditation Pillow, Yoga Bolster, Floor Pouf, Zippered Organic Cotton Cover, Machine Washable - Dark Grey, 13”13”5” • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
AMERICAN PLANT EXCHANGE Golden Pothos Indoor/Outdoor Air Purifier Live Plant, 6" Pot, Clean Toxins • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Lightshare 18 Inch Cherry Blossom Bonsai Tree, 48 LED Lights, 24V UL Listed Adapter Included, Metal Base, Warm White Lights, Ideal as Night Lights, Home Gift Idea • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light Wedding Party Home Garden Bedroom Outdoor Indoor Wall Decorations, Warm White • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Command Light Clips, Mini, Clear, 45 clips, 54 strips, Indoor Use (CL806-45NA) • Amazon Business $6.68 1 $6.68

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