Destination: Upbeat Classroom

$1,055 of $1,300 goal

Raised by 35 people in 39 months
Hello, my name is Lucy Fandino.  I'm a secondary English teacher at an urban school in Providence, Rhode Island starting my third year of teaching.  Last year I was transitioning to a new high school and I was really bummed out since I was moving to an "old" school...with a run down classroom.
 
This is a picture of what my classroom looked like the day I first walked into it...

As an educator I do believe that learning is impacted by the surroundings around you and that is why I have always aimed to make my classrooms feel like home.  Last year after much help from some close friends and family, I was able to bring my dream of remodeling my classroom to life.  After two weeks of cleaning, hanging, sticking, buying, moving and decorating this is what the new classroom looked like...



Yes that last picture is the same wall as the first picture I posted.  This past school year my students got to enjoy this room and I loved teaching in it! Once the whole transformation was done I was thrilled to be teaching at this school and in my dream classroom.  This upcoming school year I will be going back here and after a year of wear and tear and much looking on Pinterest, I would love to remodel my classroom once again.  I'm already thinking about my new batch of students and I want to give them the same feeling of arriving at a different destiantion than other classrooms.  Surely this destination comes with lots of learning and hard work.

I'm hoping donors out there will recognize that teachers don't make tons of money and that remodeling a classroom adds up.  Also that this is a way to give back to the community, since the people most affected by your donations will be the students who spend time here.   I'm hoping to add a better stocked library this year and provide school materials (notebooks, pencils, pens, binders, folders etc) to those in need.  Yes, students should come prepared to school but no that is sadly not the reality of all my students.  Every little bit helps and as I once read "from small beginnings come great things."  

Thank you for reading my story!


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A compilation of pictures...gofundme will only allow me to post one pic at a time:'(
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My yet to be finished unit wall
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Another view of my room!
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As I unveil the new classroom that was created with your funds, I can't thank you all enough to everyone who donated to support this cause. I was able to transform my classroom into a "Blue Wave Odyssey" theme and already my past and current students are talking about how beautiful and inviting it is. Not only was I able to accomplish redecorating my classroom but I was able to buy supplies like notebooks, pens, pencils, art materials, hand sanitizer, tissues, glade plug ins, color copy paper, binders, ink, an electric sharpener, expo markers, plastic baskets for books, motivational artwork etc... One of the most exciting things was creating a "reading area/corner." It is already a hit complete with dorm chairs (4), a rug, little table and two library bookcases!!! With my love for reading, I really wanted the students to have a comfortable and inviting place where they could read and I'm sure they are going to love it. I know it is hard to give other people your hard earned money but it went into making a classroom that my urban students can have Hope for an exciting future!!! Thank you for entrusting me and helping to fund my campaign. My students will know that I was able to create this space thanks to your donations!!!
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Erin Connole
39 months ago
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I hope that when people read this, they will see and understand how above/beyond this teacher goes for her students. Unfortunately in Providence, teachers are expected to pick up more and more of the bill for funding their classrooms. PPSD will spend millions on out of state consultants, but the teachers are expected to buy/supply pencils, notebooks, crayons,etc....Thank goodness for Job Lot and Staples!

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$1,055 of $1,300 goal

Raised by 35 people in 39 months
Created August 3, 2015
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$10
Erica Fugate
16 months ago

I am also an teacher and I wish I was crafty as you are. Great Work!

$25
Lynn Dyer Harrigan
38 months ago

Keep up the great work, Lucy!

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Anonymous
38 months ago
$20
Anonymous
38 months ago
$20
Elieth Leidy
38 months ago

How cool if you could get your students involved with remodeling efforts as well. This reminds me of when we painted and reorganized the yearbook office at CF High with Mr Occhi. Good luck!

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38 months ago
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Edgard Barroso
38 months ago

Best wishes on for the new school year.

Erin Connole
39 months ago
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I hope that when people read this, they will see and understand how above/beyond this teacher goes for her students. Unfortunately in Providence, teachers are expected to pick up more and more of the bill for funding their classrooms. PPSD will spend millions on out of state consultants, but the teachers are expected to buy/supply pencils, notebooks, crayons,etc....Thank goodness for Job Lot and Staples!

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