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Mr. Jao from San Diego CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Life Skills with Cooking

Help me give my students kitchen supplies for our Transition Planning and Life Skills Class.

  • $269 goal

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My Students

Many of my students have faced challenges as they progressed through their education, which encompass learning disabilities, attending school that has Title I funding, experience of homelessness, and many other problematic factors. Aside from this, my students are still eager to learn, put a lot of effort into their work, and want to grow into independent and contributing individuals to their community.

My classes consists of awesome 9-12th grade students with disabilities who learn Applied English, Math, and Transition Skills.

Despite obstacles, our school has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished School. My students are applying concepts learned in class to real life situations and participating in the community which is geared toward employment and independent living. Students are excited about learning and want to continue to advance their skills.

My Project

My students need cutting boards, cooking pots, skillets, utensils, flatware, cut resistant gloves, and kitchen resources for our Transition Skills class. Students will use these new cooking utensils and cookware to prepare and enjoy certain dishes we would like to make. Students would be able to cut food safely by wearing cut resistant gloves. We would be able to make hot meals on the stove with the new pots and skillets. The stainless steel flatware would be a nice change from the plastic forks and spoons we currently use. Clean up would be much easier by having a few scrub sponges and disinfecting wipes. My students would also learn how to use the different kitchen tools and gadgets properly.

My students are learning how to research and read a recipe, buy the necessary ingredients, and carry out the directions to prepare meals that they could make again in the future.

We go out in the community and use a kitchen at school to practice these life skills. But it gets frustrating when we don't have the resources we need to fulfill these tasks.

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Mr. Jao
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Chef's Classic Stainless Non-Stick 8 In. Open Skillet • $25.49 2 $50.98
Gibson 69937-61 Stainless Steel Flatware Set • $43.77 1 $43.77
Best Manufacturing Company Gray 1/Pair Cut Resistant Gloves, S • $9.34 2 $18.68
Gibson Home Casselman Steel 6 qt. and 2 qt. Pasta Pot Set, Black (109463.04) • $17.42 1 $17.42
Gibson Chefs Better Basics Gadgets and Tools Combo Set • $15.72 1 $15.72
11" Marbled Polymer Cutting Board with Black Trim (CPB11MB) • $14.44 1 $14.44
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 80 Wipes/Canister, 3/Pack (84251) • $11.04 1 $11.04
LYSOL Durable Foam Scrub Sponges Blue Multi-Purpose, Pack of 6 (575066PDQ) • $3.39 2 $6.78

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