Classroom Wish List

Our Classroom Wish List Winners

In the spirit of giving back to local teachers who have given so much to others, we wanted to help make their classroom wishes come true. In our 2016 Classroom Wish List giveaway, teachers shared with us their holiday wishes in 100 words or less. Thank you to everyone who entered! We were moved by all of your amazing stories of strength and sacrifice.

First Place

First Place (three-way tie), $500 Visa® Gift Card

Diane M.
Diane M.
Downers Grove North High School, District 99
My special education classroom uses 2 TV monitors hooked up to computers to localize content to make it easier for students to participate. Both TV monitors are broken right now and it has been difficult for some students who depend on this technology. It would be wonderful to be able to replace these monitors. They are both over 10 years old. Thank you for the opportunity.
Rebecca V.
Rebecca V.
Army Trail Elementary School, Addison School District 4
I am a kindergarten teacher at Army Trail. My students absolutely LOVE books! They’re very excited about learning to read new words. Every week presents a wonderful opportunity for students with diverse needs to grow and develop as readers. It would be amazing to be able to provide leveled books in our classroom library. These books could be used for reading groups and for Daily 5 centers when students read to themselves, or with a buddy. We hope you’ll consider our request for leveled readers for our classroom because we love books! Thank you!
Cheryl R.
Cheryl Riley
Westfield Middle School, District NDSEC
My students with moderate disabilities used to sit in the lunchroom at a table all by themselves. With the program I started, STARS, general education students are integrated and we meet twice a week and do cooking, arts and crafts and community service projects. They also make lunch for the teachers in the building! This money would be used to support our weekly projects and holiday luncheon.

Second Place

Second Place, $250 Visa Gift Card

Natalie R.
Natalie R.
Westview Hills Middle School, Maercker District 60
My Special Education students have many factors working against them each day (difficulties with attention, managing their behaviors and academic deficits). I may have the title of teacher in my classroom, however my students have taught me so much about myself, life, and the importance of persevering when life deals you a difficult hand. Many of the students I work with have anxiety which inhibits their ability to focus in the classroom. My holiday wish is to to provide my students with materials/supplies to help them overcome their personal challenges and access their education to its fullest potential!

Third Place

Third Place, $100 Visa Gift Card

Kate G.
Kate G.
All Saints Catholic Academy, Diocese of Joliet
My wish list is simple: books! While this is my 13th year teaching, it is my first year teaching literature. I am trying to build my classroom library so that I always have great books on hand to recommend to students. Novels, nonfiction, etc. I’m not picky. I have some students who claim to hate reading. However, as JK Rowling says, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” I really believe this! Help me find the “right book” to reach my reluctant readers. THANK YOU!

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