Many of our 8th grade students come from low income and disadvantaged households. After experiencing Hurricane Harvey the living situations for most of our students is not ideal. A lot of them are living in travel trailers or packed into houses with many other people. Our students are coming to school from very stressful environments and need the stability of a peaceful place to go.
We as teachers work really hard to provide a comfortable environment in our classroom.
Our community is very rural and most of our students enjoy being outdoors. I feel by bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside the classroom with an aquarium would be highly beneficial. It would help provide a relaxing environment and also could be used as a learning tool. Students could use the aquarium to learn about fish and their environments as well as practice the responsibility of taking care of an animal.
The donations for this project will provide my classroom with a relaxing and educational experience. Aquariums bring with them a lot of learning opportunities. I will be able to tie many educational activities as well as tasks that help teach responsibility.
I am asking for an aquarium, the pump, filters, and the general materials used in the initial set up.
I plan to purchase the fish on my own after allowing the students to vote on what they would like to see in the aquarium.
Any help I could receive for this project would be greatly appreciated. This is something I have wanted to provide for my students for a very long time. I think the timing now after what they have recently experienced is perfect. Thank you in advance!
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