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Ms. Gaddis from Mineral Spgs AR is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Little Dirt Never Hurt!

Help me give my students raised garden beds, seeds, and garden tools. We would also like a camera to document our work, as well as microscopes to examine the seeds and the plants!

  • $588 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Our sixth grade is comprised of almost 40 students. Our entire district is free lunch. This is a very small, low-income/high poverty school district. Because of this fact, our students are faced with many different challenges in and outside of school. I encourage my students to be creative and try to give them experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Providing a safe and inviting classroom environment is very important for these students.

Giving my students opportunities to experience new things is very important to me. I work hard to give my students fun learning activities they can enjoy, but can also relate to. Through our classroom activities and projects, I try to give my students real world connections and let them experience things they might not otherwise be able to. While our school doesn't have a big budget for our classrooms, we do try and make the best with what we do have. It's all about the students!

My Project

With a garden there is hope! Our project is a way to get our community involved. We intend to invite community members, parents and grandparents to be a part of this project. We are hoping to get more parental/community involvement for our students and school.

Gardening is a great learning activity for teaching STEM, it works exceptionally well as a comprehensive hands-on learning tool.

This project will expand on children's previous knowledge and reinforce what children are learning in class. Gardening can also expose children to science and other STEM disciplines at an earlier age, which will increase the likelihood of them studying or working in a STEM-related field later in life.

There are no gardening mistakes, just experiments! For Science and Engineering we intend to build raised beds, plant our seeds, document our process with the camera for technology, and use our math skills a we count, proportion, measure and work on fractions.

Ms. Gaddis
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
National Geographic Dual LED Student Microscope – 50+ pc Science Kit Includes Set of 10 Prepared Biological & 10 Blank Slides, Lab Shrimp Experiment, 10x-25x Optical Glass Lenses and More! (Silver) • Amazon Business $69.99 2 $139.98
Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ252-WH 16MP Digital Camera with 25X Optical Zoom and 3" LCD (White) • Amazon Business $129.99 1 $129.99
Frame It All Raised 1 Level Garden, 4 by 4' • Amazon Business $37.00 2 $74.00
Jardineer Garden Tool Sets Cast-Aluminum Anti-Rust Hand Tool Kits,Shears, Trowel,Weeder,Gloves,Rake,Transplanter,Cultivator Durable Gardening Bag Gifts • Amazon Business $25.77 1 $25.77
Auelife Garden Tools Set, Aluminum Alloy Hand Gardening Kit with a Plant Rope, Soft Gloves, a Garden Tote and 6 pcs Garden Tools with Non-Slip Handle • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Non-GMO Culinary Herb Seed Collection, 12 Individual Seed Packets Incl. 4,000+ Seeds Collectively (Sage, Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Rosemary, Dill, Marjoram, Oregano & More!) Seeds by Seed Needs • Amazon Business $19.85 1 $19.85
30 Packs Variety Deluxe Vegetable Seeds Create a Deluxe Garden! All Seeds are Heirloom, 100% Non-GMO! by Black Duck Brand 30 Different Varieties • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99

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