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In my first year of teaching, I found that my students absolutely LOVED the hands-on portion of my Biology class. Although Title I schools have limited supplies, I made it a point to include as many experiments or class demos using basic items from the grocery store. For every single lab, students would be heavily invested and excited to conduct experiments while developing and solidifying their understanding of biological concepts. As young scientists, students NEED to continue to explore the world around them in order to understand and question their surroundings. Rather than simply teaching anatomy using the handouts or videos, my students can EXPERIENCE it by conducting a frog dissection. This dissection is usually planned to be conducted at the end of the year after state exams and students are genuinely excited throughout the entire academic year for this experience. I received so many questions throughout the year: “Mister, are we really cutting a real frog open? How did you get the frogs? Is it going to be nasty and smell?". Students were so excited that when the day finally arrived, many skipped the 10th grade field trip or eagerly stayed behind after school to complete the dissection. One student in particular even went so far to thank me because he “never thought that [he] would be able to cut a frog open like in the movies to learn science”. As I now approach the beginning of my second year in the classroom, I want to ensure that my students this year are able to have the same experience that they can carry with them throughout what little is left of their secondary education. Your donation—no matter how big or small—will allow students to witness what is inside an organism and can spark a lifelong love for science!

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In my first year of teaching, I found that my students absolutely LOVED the hands-on portion of my Biology class. Although Title I schools have limited supplies, I made it a point to include as many experiments or class demos using basic items from the grocery store. For every single lab, students would be heavily invested and excited to conduct experiments while developing and solidifying their understanding of biological concepts. As young scientists, students NEED to continue to explore the world around them in order to understand and question their surroundings. Rather than simply teaching anatomy using the handouts or videos, my students can EXPERIENCE it by conducting a frog dissection. This dissection is usually planned to be conducted at the end of the year after state exams and students are genuinely excited throughout the entire academic year for this experience. I received so many questions throughout the year: “Mister, are we really cutting a real frog open? How did you get the frogs? Is it going to be nasty and smell?". Students were so excited that when the day finally arrived, many skipped the 10th grade field trip or eagerly stayed behind after school to complete the dissection. One student in particular even went so far to thank me because he “never thought that [he] would be able to cut a frog open like in the movies to learn science”. As I now approach the beginning of my second year in the classroom, I want to ensure that my students this year are able to have the same experience that they can carry with them throughout what little is left of their secondary education. Your donation—no matter how big or small—will allow students to witness what is inside an organism and can spark a lifelong love for science!

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