Building The Foundation: Startup Classroom Supplies by Christopher Cook, Teach for America - 2017 Miami Dade Regional Institute

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Launched Sep 08, 2017
Ends Oct 12, 2017
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Why "Invest"? We use the term "invest" to symbolize your investment in a student's future through a better education.
Category: General
Class Size: 30
Grade: K - 12th 

After completing Teach for America’s - 2017 Miami-dade Institute I will be responsible for my very own classroom! I can't wait to decorate and meet my students and their families. One of the biggest hurdles that students in high need schools face is a lack of the necessary materials that are needed daily. It makes it infinitely more difficult for students to take part in activities and classwork when they do not have basic supplies.

To get the year started off right, I will use the funds that I raise to purchase the startup supplies needed to welcome my students to a classroom that is clean and stocked full with materials. This will allow me to provide the required supplies to students that otherwise would not have them. I will also purchase copy paper to ensure that I can provide my students with high quality learning materials, whether that is exit tickets, independent activities, or homework. Thank you so much in advance for supporting me and my students at the beginning of this exciting journey.

very dollar I receive will be put towards classroom supplies so anything you can contribute really will make a difference for my first year. I want to make a great impression and a lasting impact on my first group of students and letting them know that they have a community that supports them both near and far will definitely get us on the right track. Here is a complete list of the materials that your generous investment will help provide for the students of my very first classroom:

Tiggly offers physical manipulatives that interact with literacy, math, and creative thinking learning apps for students. This provides students with opportunity to engage in digital learning through developmentally appropriate technology. The Tiggly Thinker Kit combines one set of Tiggly Words and one set of Tiggly Digits.

If we do not meet our goal...

If I do not meet my goal, I will purchase as many materials as possible. I will prioritize the materials that are most essential to students (pencils, paper, etc.) as they are the most important to ensuring that students can participate in daily lessons.
Suggested Investments


The Quarter

Your $25 investment will help get this fundraiser off of the ground and ensure that our first quarter of the school year is a success!
Invest $25



Classrooms get messy. This investment level is for all of you that can stand germs. The $75 will help go directly to purchasing all of the disinfecting and cleaning materials needed to keep everything
Invest $75


Making Paper

Teachers definitely know how to conserve paper. Double-sided half sheets for homework, handouts, and exit tickets. Using this method your $100 will equal 20,000 sheets of paper.
Invest $100


Do The Write Thing

Your generous $200 investment will cover all of the writing materials needed to get the year started. It will also guarantee that every student is able to have a pencil for the day.
Invest $200

Christopher Cook

1st year TFA Corps Member, Teach for America - 2017 Miami Dade Regional Institute

I am excited to be a part of the TFA family and join the movement to solve education inequity in this country and provide all students with a quality education. I'm fortunate enough to be selected from a nationwide talent applicant pool to join a teacher corps comprised of leaders who commit a minimum of two years to teach in high need public schools. This summer I will be participating in an intensive skill and knowledge development program aiming to increase student achievement as well as a comprehensive professional development program including seminars, discussion groups, workshops, and content and professional learning communities specific to teaching license areas. I can't wait for my first year with Teach for America.

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Miami Shores, Florida

THERE ARE MORE THAN 16 MILLION CHILDREN GROWING UP IN POVERTY IN THE UNITED STATES. These statistics are not a reflection of our children’s potential. Kids growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Instead, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of equity for kids in low-income communities. There are numerous forces behind this injustice—racism, outdated policies, lack of resources, and much more—so there isn’t just one simple fix. To make things right we must come together as students, teachers, principals, activists, social entrepreneurs, politicians, and all others to disrupt the causes of injustice and create solutions. It’s not just the lives of individual children at stake—this affects all of us. And it’s the responsibility of all of us to change things. Our mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. We recruit remarkable and diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities. They commit to teach for two years and are hired by our partner public schools across the country. During these two years they are called corps members. We train and support corps members in the practices of great teachers and leaders. With hard work, perseverance, and strong partnerships with their students, students’ families, and communities, corps members can dramatically increase the opportunities available to their students in school and in life. Corps members don’t just teach their students, they learn from them. At the end of two years, they use those lessons to choose their path forward. Many stay in the classroom. Others move into politics, school leadership, nonprofit work, advocacy, and more. All of their paths matter because together they form a network—connecting, expanding, and strengthening the movement to give all kids access to a great education.

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