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Mrs. Phillips from Chicago IL is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Be Alert And Don't Get Hurt!

My students need safety glasses and lab trays to carry out a variety of scientific experiments in a responsible and safe way!

  • $263 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My school is located in a predominantly low-income community on the west side of Chicago. All of my students receive a free or reduced price lunch, and most eat their first meal of the day at school. Gang violence, drugs, and crime are everyday features of the neighborhood. However, among the craziness of the neighborhood live some of the most committed parents I have had the privilege of working with!

Despite the socioeconomic hardships of their community, my students are eager and enthusiastic to learn and are some of the most empathetic and compassionate little humans I have ever known.

They have a resiliency unmatched by any other group of students I have taught. The majority of my students come from homes that are plagued by poverty, instability, violence, and other traumatizing circumstances that are often associated with urban poverty. And yet, they endure with smiles on their faces and dreams in their hearts!

My colleagues and I strive every day to empower our students and to help them actualize their greatness and potential.

My Project

My school is officially departmentalizing 5th grade so my students will have a full 90 minute period of science every day for the first time in 5th grade. This is very exciting news for both myself and my incoming 5th graders but it also means I am building a science lab from scratch. Of course, the first thing that has come to my mind is safety. My new 5th graders will be working with lab materials and conducting sophisticated science experiments for the first time in their academic career so the goal is to keep them as safe as possible.

The safety goggles will be used every time we conduct experiments using solutions, chemicals, material made from fine particles, and for any experiments that require eye safety.

For example, students will be conducting an experiment in which they will mix simple solutions (ie. hydrochloric acid and baking soda) to compare chemical changes with physical changes. The goggles will help prevent the chance of any splatter getting into any of my student's eyes!

The lab trays will be used EVERY time for experiments and will help groups of students collate their materials and keep all of their equipment organized during the experiment. For example, each group is assigned a lab tech who is responsible for inventorying all the materials at the beginning and end of the experiment to ensure nothing gets broken, lost, or misplaced. All of the materials are housed inside the trays to help keep everything in a safe place and returned to me at the end of the class period!

Mrs. Phillips
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LAB TRAY DISSECTION PK/10 • Frey Scientific $103.13 1 $103.13
Gateway Safety 4699 StarLite Gumballs Safety Glasses, Clear Lens, All Colors Included (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $14.98 5 $74.90

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