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Mrs. Salmeron from Riverside CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Becoming a Master Chef!

My students need a stove and cooking supplies to become special master chefs, who will learn lifetime skills through practicing basic life skills, math skills, mobility skills, social skills, and feeling self achievement.

  • $960 goal

This project expired on August 24, 2018.

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My Students

I teach students with moderate to severe disabilities where most of my students fall in the severe range. They are unique individuals who all have very different needs, learning, styles, and characters. Despite of their disabilities, they make an impact in all the lives who surround them and across all individuals they encounter in and outside of school.

Our classroom is life skills focused.

My students are learning to master basic life skills to help them be more independent at school, home, and practice being a responsible citizen in the community. My students all have their challenges, starting with their own physical limitations and cognitive limitations. Of my eight students, five of them suffer from seizure disorders. Three of them require being G-Tube fed, and five of them have global disabilities.

Despite all of my students’ limitations and disabilities, they push forward, adapt, excel, and master their goals and objects! They are a strong bunch! It is a blessing to be a teacher for these unique kiddos, and as their teacher, I only want the best for them and want to support their learning, their growth, and life skills at home, school, and our community.

My Project

One of the greatest benefits of letting students cook is the sense of achievement and self-sufficiency that they experience. Students with severe disabilities can be limited to the type of life skills they participate in and outside the classroom. Cooking allows students to learn lifetime skills through practicing basic math skills such as counting, weighing, measuring, and tracking time. Students gain social skills by working together and communicating in the kitchen.

We need a stove and cooking supplies to become special master chefs, who will learn lifetime skills through practicing basic life skills, math skills, mobility skills, social skills, and feeling self achievement.

While one student is using the pan to sauté over the stove, another can be using the whisk and mixing bowl to mix all the ingredients together to bake. Cooking equipment, like a stove, pans, mixing bowl, spatulas, measuring cups, microwave, etc. allows my students to participate in differentiated instruction, using hands-on learning, sensory stimulation, and building their life skills.

These essential cooking skills can generalize to the high school, home, and community environment, allowing my students with disabilities to build practices that will help them master vocational skills, volunteer or work at a restaurant or fast food places, and help them become better citizens of the community. Having the equipment and tools necessary to cook, allow my students to have fun learning! They get to explore and create different foods and desserts. They get to meet their goals, objectives, and state standards using hands-on learning. One of my favorite quotes in life is by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Involving my special education students in their learning is going to teach them lifelong cooking skills that will help as they grow older and become more independent.

Mrs. Salmeron
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 8 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Whirlpool - 5.1 Cu. Ft. Freestanding Gas Range - White • Best Buy Education $498.85 1 $498.85
Sharp - Carousel 1.1 Cu. Ft. Mid-Size Microwave - White • Best Buy Education $84.47 1 $84.47
FineDine Multicolor Premium Grade Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set With Vacuum Seal lids 5 Piece, Plastic Exterior, Non-Skid Bottom Nesting Storage Bowls for Easy Mixing, ¾, 1 ½, 2 ⅖, 3, and 5 qt Sizes • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Aluminum Nonstick Frying Pan Set - (3-Piece 8 Inches, 9.5 Inches, 11 Inches) - Fry Pan / Frying pan Cookware Set, Dishwasher Safe - by Utopia Kitchen • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
HOMWE Kitchen Cutting Board (3-Piece Set) | Juice Grooves w/ Easy-Grip Handles | BPA-Free, Non-Porous, Dishwasher Safe | Multiple Sizes (Set of Three, Gray) • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97
Cuisinart C55-01-12PCKS Advantage Color Collection 12-Piece Knife Set, Multicolor • Amazon Business $16.89 1 $16.89
Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Honla Pot Holders and Oven Mitts/Gloves With Silicone Printed - 2 Hot Pads and 2 Potholders Set,4-Piece Heat Resistant Kitchen Linens Set for Cooking,Baking,Grilling,Barbecue,Black • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
GLOUE Silicone Spatula Set - 4-piece 450oF Heat-Resistant Baking Spoon & Spatulas - Ergonomic Easy-to-Clean Seamless One-Piece Design - Nonstick - Dishwasher Safe - Solid Stainless Steel - Multicolor • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
CHICHIC 3Pcs 8" + 10" + 12" Stainless Steel Whisk kitchen Whisk Set Kitchen Whip Kitchen Utensils Wire Whisk Balloon Whisk Set for Blending, Whisking, Beating & Stirring • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Mainstays Poly Mixing Spoon Set, 4pc • Amazon Business $5.40 1 $5.40

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