Building a Climate of Character. Calloway County, Kentucky. High School.

Building a Climate of Character.

We were the primary donor on this project. Our donation was matched by Sonic.

Help me give my students a calm climate with light filters, sensory devices (and more) so that they can build character and learn.

Mrs. Hoback’s Students

I am a special education teacher in a rural community. My students range in grade levels from ninth to twelfth grade.

Her Project

Her students would greatly benefit from character education books, and a climate conducive to building character and learning.

I want to teach my students reading, writing, math, AND how to be productive, upstanding members of society.

Lighting covers, sensory devices, and small craft projects would aid in producing a climate of calm where her students can focus on learning and becoming the best individuals that they can be.

2nd Grade Stem Activities to Expand Creative Minds. Carlisle County, Kentucky.

This is her project.

We were one of 14 donors for this project.

My Students

I teach a room full of All Star second graders who are eager to learn! This group is extremely bright, energetic, and creative! However, they face many challenges. We have many “at risk” students in our school, and our school is the only school in our low-income/rural community. We have qualified for a free breakfast/lunch program. Many of our students have a lot of family struggles but have a lot of support!

My students are truly an incredible, loving group, and I am so lucky and thankful to have a group of learners that are excited and ready to learn!

My Project

Each Friday I have a "Fun Friday" time where the students in my room are encouraged to explore and create, build and engineer.

My students absolutely LOVE "Fun Fridays," where they get to collaborate together with STEM activities such as engineering gears, coding, creating puzzles, and mazes for marbles to travel through, etc.

However, I am limited to the STEM resources I have available. I have purchased several items on my own, but would love to give my students more of an assortment to choose from.

The coding robot, electronics kits, and building kits will be used during "Fun Fridays," science, and indoor recess and will allow my students to explore their creative sides as well as build the engineering skills. Thank you making a difference in the lives of our future leaders!

iPad Pro for Students on the Go! Massac County, Illinois.

iPad Pro for Students on the Go!

Help me give my students an iPad Pro for added technology in our classroom.

Ms. Weatherbee’s Students

I have a classroom full of eighteen energetic students this year. Our school is in a rural area, and the students that I teach come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our school serves students in grades K-6 and provides rigorous academics, loving teachers, and a safe learning environment. As a result, we are consistently one of the top-performing schools in our district every year

I have high expectations for my students, and I love to see the look of accomplishment on their faces when they achieve a new goal.

I look forward to making new and exciting experiences available to them whenever possible.

Ms. Weatherbee’s Project

My students can't get enough of technology! We need an iPad Pro to get started on our digital book reports in a nontraditional way. Book reports are a valuable way of assessing different skills such as writing, comprehension, and critical thinking. With an iPad Pro, this can be done in a more captivating manner.

Technology can help bring excitement and creativity to the traditional book report while still displaying student understanding of the subject matter.

Our new addition to the classroom will also be utilized during math instruction to enhance the student learning experience. Having the capability to project math lessons using the classroom projector also makes the iPad Pro an essential tool for me as a teacher.

Sliding Onto a Much Needed Playground!

We were one of 35 donors for this project!

Dear Beau Dodson / WeatherTalk

Thank you so much for making our dream of a playground for our students a reality! Thanks to your donations for the slides for our playground. We were able to fund the entire playground much sooner than expected. Thanks to you, all 30050+ students were able to have a playground before the end of this school year! They were able to use this for play while building gross motor skills along the way! All students and faculty/staff were so excited to see the playground installed and able to be used this year! Your donation will not only impact students in our school this year but for so many years to come! Thank you so much for caring about our students and for your generosity!

With gratitude,
Mrs. Martin

Here was the project

Help me give my students two slides for our playground in order for them to develop much needed gross motor skills they will need for proper growth, health and development.

Mrs. Martin’s Students

Students in our building range from kindergarten all the way to fifth grade students. These are some of the best kids you will ever meet! They are kind, considerate, eager to learn and explore, as well as energetic. Each child is unique and deserves the best that we can offer!

Mrs. Martin’s Project

The children in our community need a safe and engaging place to play. Currently, our students play in an empty space beside the school that has a gravel road, a drain pipe, and no shade to keep them cool or protect them from the sun. Our area has limited opportunities for recreational activity and no public playgrounds. Many people travel at least 20 to 25 miles for fun, healthy activities. Our school is located in a rural county and the entire community would have easy access to our playground.

Playground equipment, such as slides, is a necessity for student growth and healthy development.

Slides give ALL students the opportunity to develop gross motor skills while climbing and playing. Playing on slides also promotes balance and coordination in children. When a child climbs up a slide and successfully positions and pushes themselves down the chute, they are building valuable balance and coordination skills. These are skills that develop basic motor skills that young children will use the rest of their lives. A choice in slides will further develop these skills as they promote both balance and coordination in different ways depending on the slide design.

Students not only would benefit by developing gross motor skills, they would also have a great opportunity to run off excess energy that builds up during the school day. Students need the opportunity to run and play and just be a kid. A playground with slides would give them this opportunity! I remember sliding down the slide on my school playground, the wind in my face and not a care in the world.......I am sure you can too! I want our students to feel that same carefree joy and excitement! Please help bring this joy, excitement and healthy development to ALL students in our school!

New book shelves!!! A space for everything.

This was a fun project! There were 29 donors!!!!!

This is Jefferson Elementary School in Massac County, Illinois.

A Space for Everything

Help me give my students new shelves to hold all of our classroom books and STEM supplies!

My Students

A day in my classroom is a day filled with learning, respect, and hard work. My school is in a rural area, and the students whom I teach come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Our class motto is, "In this room, we don't do easy.

We make easy happen through hard work and learning!" I have high expectations for my students and do everything in my ability to help them achieve their goals! I enjoy planning creative lessons and projects as much as my students enjoy working on them!

My Project

This project is for lumber and supplies which we'll need to build additional shelves in my classroom for storage. We currently have some low bookshelves that are filled to overflowing with books. That is a wonderful problem to have, but now we need more shelves! I have someone donating his time to build the shelves, but I will need quite a bit of lumber, screws, and paint for the project. The shelves will be 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall.

My class and even the school as a whole is made up of many avid readers.

I love finding new books for our classroom library, and I love seeing my students' faces when we get new books. These shelves will give me additional storage space for picture books and class sets of chapter books and will allow me to make sure that all of our books are able to be viewed and easily selected by my students.

The shelves I am having built will also hold STEM kits on the upper shelves so that they can be stored year-round in our classroom.

Mrs. Gipson’s Classroom. Pre-K Jefferson Elementary School. Marion, IL

There were three donors for this project.


Help me give my students sensory supports like the weighted vest and lap blanket that will help them function more effectively in the classroom

My Students

I teach 3-5 year old special needs children housed in a public school in our community. They are included in a pre-k center with typical functioning children. My kiddos have a variety of special needs including: autism, physical limitations, speech and language delays, sensory differences, deafness, and cognitive delays. The main emphasis in our classroom is language and social skills.

Almost daily we are able to celebrate accomplishments that may seem small to most, but are HUGE for our little ones with exceptionalities.

Just today our little guy with down syndrome said his first two word sentence! "Ball in." It was a big deal! Another has begun to "go" in the potty. It's like a party each time he does. Even pointing to a picture to make a choice for snack is a giant step for some.

Teaching these exceptional children has been the highlight of my teaching career. They are so excited to learn new things and be involved in new experiences.

My Project

Children with sensory differences have difficulties with processing information from the five senses: vision, auditory, touch, olfaction, and taste, as well as from the sense of movement (vestibular system), and/or the positional sense (proprioception).

Learning to deal with sensory issues is very frustrating for the very young children in my class.

Items such as the weighted vest and weighted blanket can help a child feel "grounded" and enable them to calm themselves when upset.

Other items such as the chewy toys provide sensory output for children who "mouth" items . Many children with autism are also very sensitive to noises, music, etc. The sound reducing ear phones will be so beneficial to them in and out of the classroom.

These types of resources will assist my children in beginning to learn to regulate their sensory difficulties.

Mrs. Addison’s Classroom. Kindergarten. South Christian Elementary School. Herndon, KY

There were four donors to this project!

Store and Explore!

My students need a place to keep their supplies at their seat. We have tables in our classroom, so there isn’t a good place to store supplies for easy accessibility.

My Students

Our school is very transient and diverse. I have a perfect mix of 13 girls and 12 boys. This is the first structured educational experience for most of them. They are very social and rambunctious! They enjoy center time and hands-on learning. Markers and cutting activities are their favorites. Our classroom is self contained so they are with me for all subject areas. They do go to a different specials class each day which is taught by another teacher.

My Project

Students will be able to have their supplies close by and not cut into learning time trying to find what they need. Students keep their own supply box with crayons, scissors, glue sticks, and pencils. Each center is rotated to each students desk so their supplies are easily accessible. I want to set a good example and show students how to be more organized. Organizational skills are a 21st century skill that will be helpful to students at school and in the life beyond education.

The chair pockets would be one component to helping students learn the importance of living in an organized world.