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Mr. Smith from Sherman Oaks CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Attention Skaters! Skateboard Club Needs Your Help

My students need square dowel rods for framing, Popsicle sticks, plywood strips for planking, hot glue and I'll provide the inspiration.

  • $287 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are "at risk kids" attending a Title I, middle school in California. They are great kids. My students come from a low, socioeconomic background but they have dreams of attending college. Difficult times in life translate to difficult times at school. Middle school isn't anyone's best time of their lives but there is hope.

A skateboard club at lunchtime, where students can feel included, might be the only reason these kids come to school.

I noticed these kids always playing with little skateboards with their fingers. I had an idea and Skateboard Club was born. I build ramps with them and teach them engineering skills. Skateboards are filled with physical science concepts. When they're at skateboard club, I can talk to them about life choices that might keep these kids out of trouble.

My Project

I started a skateboard club at my middle school. I remember being a skater when I was in middle school. I loved it with all the passion of a kid discovering something for the first time. Now, I have the opportunity as a science teacher to reach out to the skateboarding students at my school. I have created a club to embrace their culture while teaching Next Generation Science Standards in physical science, engineering, and design.

Skateboarding is not a crime.

Often, students will ask their teacher, "What is the point of this?" or "Why are we doing this anyway?" They want to know exactly how the material they're learning in class will apply to their everyday lives because, at times, it seems disconnected from what they do. Physical science concepts are often taught quite traditionally in school, isolated from the real world. This is what disconnects the tools and the content from the students' experiences. There is a real need for educators to explore and connect content in an authentic and relatable context for students.

So how can this be of practical use for the educator? Inherently, the teacher has to know the students and recognize their interests. That is the purpose of action science -to put concepts in physical science into the realm of youth culture and in effect, to make science approachable, relatable, and (possibly) even cool to learn. I want to teach my students how to make a ramp that they can then use during skateboard club and the materials such as a glue gun, plywood, craft sticks and dowel rods will help me do this.

Mr. Smith
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Midwest Products 5240 Birch Plywood, 1/64 x 12 x 24-Inch • Amazon Business $24.39 3 $73.17
Woodpeckers Square Dowel Rods 1/4" X 36" (20 Pack) • Amazon Business $20.16 2 $40.32
3 mm 1/8" X 10" X 10" Premium Baltic Birch Plywood – B/BB Grade - 8 Flat Sheets by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
5 mm 1/4" X 12" X 12" Premium Baltic Birch Plywood - B/BB Grade - 8 Flat Sheets by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Surebonder DT-25 Made in the USA All Purpose Stik Mini Glue Sticks-All Temperature-Clear-5/16 D, 4 L Glue Stick-25 sticks per Bag (3) • Amazon Business $9.85 2 $19.70

Materials cost

$193.16

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$17.67

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.90

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$243.73

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$43.01

Total project goal

$286.74

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$286.74

4 Donors

-$282.33

Donations toward project cost

-$243.73

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$38.60

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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