We’re barely halfway to summer heat wavebut teachers are preparing their classes for the start of the school year in September.
On Donors choose, a site that posts requests from educators looking to outfit their classrooms, local teachers ask for help getting everything from chairs to educational toys to laundry. Books are frequently requested. Donors can make a partial or full donation to meet a request. Classes can be found by searching by school name or zip code.
A Stimson Middle School life skills class for students with special needs has a washer and dryer, but is looking for $885 to “stock our closets and mimic the home setting. Additionally, I request towels, shirts, socks, and laundry accessories to practice washing clothes,” the request states. The South Huntington class also needs help with kitchen supplies.
A teacher at Elwood Middle School is asking $879 for books for her students in grades 6-8. books. Readers may say to their peers, “Hey, you need to read this next because…”.
A teacher at Countrywood Primary Center in South Huntington needs $284 for tiles, 3D blocks and other educational toys for kindergarten through second grade. “Each morning and during work at the center, students will have the opportunity to be free thinkers and use the manipulatives to create whatever they imagine. This will help promote critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration,” the request reads.
A new teacher at J. Taylor Finley Middle School is looking for $573 to fund a Dash robot for her class. “Help me give my students a Dash robot to explore the world of coding and technology in a fun and engaging way! The Dash robot is just one of many that I know will enhance learning in my new class next year,” she wrote.
At Burr Middle School, a teacher is seeking $409 for classroom materials. “I have students from Russia, Korea, China, Hungary, Japan, El Salvador, Honduras, Ecuador, Turkey, Israel, Pakistan and Ukraine. We have students at different levels of English proficiency. Some students had access to education in their home country and for some it was an interrupted education. My goal is to create a safe, supportive and fun space for them to learn and grow.
At Oakwood Primary Center, there is a request for $313 to help young readers obtain books. “The books that are part of this project will help my struggling readers know they can choose books they can read independently,” the request reads.
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