Thanks to generous donations, I was able to purchase a working clock (kids take out their cell phones to check the time and then get in trouble for carrying cell phones because my stupid clock won't work, despite the school "fixing" it several times), a timer (for bellwork), a working pencil sharpener (I had two broken ones--students had to go to other classrooms to sharpen their pencils, annoying other teachers...or spend ten minutes trying to use my crappy ones), a cardboard filing box (don't get me started), and three books on inferencing and drawing conclusions, inferencing and cause and effect, and persuasive writing.
My kid's benchmark scores have gone up phenomenally but there is still a LOT of work to do after break... reteaching objectives that weren't mastered and trying to get new ones in there... I saved up and shelled out the $150 for the continuing ed course I really needed. I am still trying to get donations to buy hardcover composition books for all of my students. My school district rations out paper so I may need to get more of that as well. The district is *supposed* to help me get transparencies, self-stick easel pads, colored pencils, a projector cart and screen, reusable handheld whiteboards, and some odds and ends (a doorstop that works, some cords for our computers, etc). in which case I will spend any leftover donations on reading material for my students.
OfficeMax has agreed to match all classroom donations $1 for $1 up to $40,000 through December 25 so if anybody wants to make a tax-deductible contribution now is the time.
50 bucks plus shipping matched by Office Max (plus the amount I still have in the account) will buy composition books for 75 kids.
Okay, that will be my last online solicitation...this year.
Thanks to Derek, Lynne and Albert for donating. Y'all rock!