UNION, NJ - While parents and children are in the final weeks of summer break, school teachers are preparing lesson plans and classrooms for the upcoming school year.

TAPinto Union is publishing a mini-series spotlighting Union teachers who need a little extra help in making their classroom the best learning experience for their students. We will feature teachers who posted a classroom project on DonorsChoose.org, a website that hosts classroom projects, connecting “the public to public schools,” according to its website.

Project:  Kindergarten “Mail Slots” Paper Organizer

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Teacher:  Susanne Mercado

School:  Franklin Elementary

Project:  This organizer will allow the students to have a safe place to put their work. It will also teach them to take care of their own belongings, as it will be solely their responsibility to put their work in and out of their slot each day. It is important for the children to build strong personal organizational skills at a young age that they can carry through life without them. It is essential to provide the students with organizational supplies they can use themselves.
Additional Comments: “Without an organizer such as this one, the kids have to put all their papers in a basket and I have to sort them myself,” said Mercado.  “Besides the fact that this wastes time that I can be using to prepare for lessons, it also does not allow them to take personal responsibility for their belongings- which is an important skill to start at a young age.”

Project Goal:  $176.67

Still Needed:  $126.67

To donate to this project, visit donorschoose.org.