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Ms. Costello from Portland OR is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Alder's Wonderland Garden

Help me give my students the tools and storage necessary to maintain their Wonderland Garden!

  • $589 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My elementary school is located in one of the most poverty impacted areas in Oregon and in a large hub of diverse immigrant populations. 84% of Alder students are children of color, 100% receive free/reduced price lunch, and many are bi-lingual, with 26 languages spoken in their homes.

Here, we strive to be a community of lifelong learners, to honor diversity, and to pursue excellence.

Each member of our community is committed to this vision of excellence. It is evident in the display of student work, the emphasis on our school-wide life-skills program and the strong academic programs.

We are very proud to be the first "Dreamer School" in the Nation. As Dreamers, we are committed to the goal of getting each student through secondary school and onto college. This project will help make our school an equitable place for all students, so that each can reach his or her potential in school and beyond.

My Project

A school garden is a powerful environmental education tool. Through gardening, students become responsible caretakers. They have an opportunity to engage in agricultural practices on a small scale, learning about the responsibilities and impacts of land cultivation. They explore the web of interactions among the living and non-living players that sustain life.

For many children, a garden offers the only chance to get close to nature.

Some of our students lack access to gardening spaces because of their living situations while others have limited exploratory free time in the outdoors due to the focus on indoor activities and participation in organized outdoor activities. School garden educators in urban environments frequently find their programs provide students’ first opportunity to dig into the soil and watch a plant grow.

Establishing a connection with nature at an early age is extremely important. Researchers discovered childhood experiences with nature are strongly linked to adult attitudes toward plants. They determined that participation in active gardening during childhood was the most important influence in explaining adult environmental attitudes and actions and concluded that even in urban areas where green spaces are limited, gardening programs for children can provide a strong enough connection to instill appreciation and respect for nature in adulthood.

Please help us maintain our Wonderland Garden with new tools and storage shed space in order to help keep our tools and supplies dry in the Northwest rain!

Ms. Costello
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Suncast BMS1250 Shed Tool Vertical, 22 cu. ft. • Amazon Business $164.11 1 $164.11
Keter Eden 70 Gal All Weather Outdoor Patio Storage Bench Deck Box , Beige/Brown • Amazon Business $102.98 1 $102.98
Emsco Group Little Diggers Kids Garden Tool Set – Four-Piece Set – Child Safe Tools – Garden with Your Kids • Amazon Business $22.97 2 $45.94
Pillow Perfect Indoor/Outdoor Westport Bench Cushion • Amazon Business $41.99 1 $41.99
Classic Accessories Veranda Patio Bench Cover - Durable and Water Resistant Patio Set Cover, Medium (55-646-011501-00) • Amazon Business $37.74 1 $37.74
Suncast Shelf Shed Models BMS1250 and BMS2000 • Amazon Business $29.00 1 $29.00
Kids Helper Women Garden Tools Set for Children 3 Pieces with Shovel Trowel Cultivator • Amazon Business $8.87 3 $26.61
Suncast 2-Foot Garden Hand Tool Organizer V713 • Amazon Business $15.07 1 $15.07

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