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Mr. Oszust from Brooklyn NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building More Than Just a Greenhouse

My students need supplies to make indoor greenhouses for botanical research projects such as PVC pipes and fittings, light fixtures and grow lights, and vinyl coverings.

  • $641 goal

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My Students

As the title of the famous book says, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but I haven't found it anywhere near my school. How does one study plants when outside there is nothing but concrete and pavement? You build an indoor greenhouse.

What are we going to plant?

When are we starting? These are some of the questions that my students have been asking me ever since I let them know our next unit is on plants. They can't wait to get their hands dirty. Our school is located on the water's edge. It is a small Title I high school located in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn. We are located in "Asthma Alley," and sandwiched between two major urban bridges - The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

My Project

All of my students are English Language Learners (ELL). They come from every part of the globe seeking a new life of opportunity and freedom here in the United States. They come with the hope that education will allow them to meet their full potential. Many of my students have a close relationship with nature and growing plants in the homelands. This project will allow them to build a small desktop greenhouse to create the proper environment for plant growth. With the resources like PVC pipes and fittings, grow lights and fixtures, and vinyl sheets, my students will have the opportunity to study plants through hands-on learning experiences.

Students enjoy learning science since it offers educational opportunities that they create on their own.

Unfortunately, conducting science experiments and hands-on activities is expensive, but I believe that are essential to truly understand science. With you help, we can make science meaningful and memorable. Thank you for supporting public education in New York City.

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Mr. Oszust
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ViaVolt 4 ft T5 High Output Fluorescent Grow Light • Home Depot $10.97 8 $87.76
Lithonia Lighting All Season Shop Light 4ft • Home Depot $19.97 4 $79.88
Pipe, Pipe Size 3/4 In., Inside Dia. 0.804, Outside Dia. 01.05, Length 10 ft., Schedule 40, Material of Construction PVC, Max. Pressure 480 at 73 Deg F PSI, Max. Temp. 140 DegF, Color White, Standards ASTM D1784 & NSF-14 • Grainger $4.75 16 $76.00
Vinyl-it 4 1/2 ft X 75 ft Clear 8 mil • Home Depot $69.99 2 $139.98
PVC Cutter, 1/8 to 1 5/8 Inches Outer Diameter • Grainger $31.42 1 $31.42
426-007F 3/4 in 4 way furniture grade • FlexPVC $2.71 8 $21.68
420-007 3/4 inch cross • FlexPVC $1.47 2 $2.94
413-007 3/4 inch side outlet 90's • FlexPVC $1.71 16 $27.36
Cement, Heavy Duty Low VOC, Size 16 Oz, Color Gray, For Use With PVC, Schedule 40 And 80 Pipes And Fittings Up To 8 Inch, Standards ASTM D 2564, NSF, IAPMO • Grainger $8.69 2 $17.38
401-007 3/4 inch T sch 40 • FlexPVC $0.37 16 $5.92

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