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Danny Kaye Students Need Your HELP!

PS 149 is one of many schools currently looking for funding for projects on, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.

Here’s how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.

You’ll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $100, you’ll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

At, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions.

PS149 Danny Kaye currently has 6 projects in need of immediate funding. Click links below for project funding needs and details.

Simple Things

Teacher Request: With all the technology available, most student have no idea how the simplest things work. They have no experience with actually seeing how machines work or put together. This challenge is detrimental to these children’s growth amongst emerging technologies.

The students need to learn how to actually build simple machines like pulleys, levers, wedges, wheels, gears, and inclined planes with a Simple Machine Kit, and K’Nex gears and levers. Experimenting with machine parts for simple machines will help them to learn about more complex machines. This will give them a competitive advantage over their peers.

Project: Simple machines will give my students experiences and knowledge. In the classroom, it is very important to have hands on training and learning, rather than just reading and lectures. Being able to build simple machines will give them a sense of accomplishment and show them first hand how certain things work.

Being an inner city child, working with simple machines hands-on will provide these students with a sense of accomplishment and will show them how things work in reality. Instead of having these things explained, they can see how it works by creating it themselves.

Heads Up to Books!

Teacher Request: Its not easy when you want to read and not many choices are provided for you. Towards the end of the school year, many of my students were reading at a rapid pace. The challenge was not having enough leveled books available to them. With your help, my students will have the books they need for the 2011 school year.

The students are from the NYC area. We are located in one of the poorest neighborhood in the city. Many of our students have poor attendance which affects their daily learning. Our Math scores are higher yearly then ELA. I would like to increase our ELA test scores by providing more variety of books to my students which will broaden their vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Project: The resources that are requested are leveled readers for grades four and five. These are fascinating nonfiction titles for advancing readers. The books range from global warming, painters, poets, glaciers to the ancient pyramids of Egypt. The books are richly organized to inspire reading.

This project is vital because these books provide differentiated instruction. They come leveled using the Fountas & Pinnell’s system. Each student will select independently without having the struggles of figuring out the level or appropriateness. The standards these books will target are: analyzing text and drawing conclusion and using features of informational texts.

A Magic Carpet Ride

Teacher Request: All classrooms are required to have a carpet in the classroom large enough to hold all their students. My classroom is now in need of this right now.

A students environment does play a major role in how they view learning. I want my students to see that we care about not only what they learn but the environment as well. My students are kindergartens who come from very low income families in New York City. In fact many live beneath the poverty level. As funding for public school has been cut asking for a carpet will be last on the list. But to me it is just as important. My students do need one place they attend during the day to look and feel welcoming.

Project: My students will have a rich warm environment where they will not only feel welcome but see it in the way the classroom is prepared for them. The carpet will be used by the class and for individual reading time for those students who are unable to sit on chairs for a long period of time.

Now you may say I am not completely convince so let me put it this way. You go to your job and find out they have removed all of the chairs , tables, carpets, vending machines. They state to you your environment should not effect you doing your job after all your here to work not look around. Now tell me it would not make a difference. I want my students to know we thought they are important enough to make the difference.

Can I Buid Me A World

Teacher Request: Have you ever heard of the book “Every Thing that I Needed to Learn I Learned it in Kindergarten”? Well kindergarten is not like it use to be. In fact you might not recognize it if you saw it. I would like to change that, and with your help I will.

This school is in a low income area where the only way to get out is through a good education. But in order to obtain that, your mind has to be open to all possibilities. As a student you will have to figure out different ways to solve problems, how to create something out of the materials you are given. The Block Area is one way young students gain these skill.

Project: The students will use these materials to create different environments that will require the skills of figuring out what shapes go together in order to produce the building they want. They will learn how to cooperate, listen ,take turns with others and understand that sometimes they can not do every thing they want. Sometimes they might have to compromise. The block area will introduce these skills and more.

So if you believe these skills are important and I know you do please take the time to donate to this project and help some kindergarten students build a new world that they have created.

Hey! I Need a Place to Listen to a Good Story!

Teacher Request:  My classroom is my second home. This is one of the ideas I like to pass on to my students. But in order to do this I need your help with a few items.

I am a kindergarten teacher in New York City. I work in a low income area where providing a good education is my main goal. With the budget cuts hitting my school very hard, certain things such as table and chairs have to wait for better times. This may be well for some people but you and I know these students will only be in kindergarten once. And everyone knows you learn most, if not all, your school skills in kindergarten.

Project: The round table and four chairs will be used in the listening area . This is where the students listen to different types of literature that will enhance their reading skills. It will be used by a group or individuals during the day. Reading is a very important skill that all my students will attain by the time they leave my classroom. This will give them an opportunity to accomplish the needed skill.

My kindergarten students and I would like to thank you for helping improve our environment and providing us with a much needed resource. A person’s environment does play a major role in how they view themselves and those around them. Thank you for viewing us as important.

The students need a round table and four chairs that will be used as a listening center.

Help Us Put A Computer In our Class

Teachers Request: Technology is changing the way we can learn. My lower level learners would benefit from having this laptop in the classroom. I need your help to provide them the opportunity to succeed. It will be used to download phonics and math programs to build necessary skills and to create a class DVD.

I work in a high-need community, title one school. Over 90% our students that attend our school get free lunch. I am looking to nurture my students learning by using computers in the classroom. We currently only have one desktop, which you can imagine only gets used by a few students during the day.

Project: With your gift my students will be able to use it for a variety of school use. They will be able to use the Hooked on Phonics program. Programs like these will help me keep track of students progress. As they become more independent with their computer skills they will be able to access educational websites too.

At the end of each school year, I create a class DVD. I capture my students in the classroom learning and on trips and school performances. With the parents approval I create a DVD for each child. This updated computer will allow me to create this special gift.

Your gift will have a broad impact. You are bring the 21st century into a classroom. Students will use the laptop to develop their reading and comprehension. They will be able to use the Internet to access educational programs.

The students need a laptop to start the new school year.

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