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Mrs. Van Otterloo from Joplin MO is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Caring for Our Classroom Guinea Pig

Help me give my students books, bedding, and a large cage to learn about, and help care for, our classroom guinea pig.

  • $357 goal

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My Students

The students in my classroom come from a variety of backgrounds, but one thing unites them- they have all been identified as gifted learners. Gifted learners experience education in a multitude of ways. My district allows me to teach these students and offer them opportunities to explore areas that interest them the most.

By allowing these unique students the time to develop their gifts, they have a higher overall satisfaction with school.

These students also learn how to manage time and plan for big outcomes (projects, presentations, etc).

My Project

This summer I was able to get a grant for pets in the classroom. It allowed me to bring a sweet guinea pig into our classroom. My students love him, and they have gained so much from having him in our classroom. They read with him. They test with him. He provides them comfort when they are feeling anxious. He makes our classroom a happier place.

The guinea pig has taught my students patience, responsibility, and empathy.

The materials in this project, like a large cage, play yard, and bedding, will directly benefit our guinea pig's living arrangement and continue to encourage student responsibility in taking care of him. Books about guinea pigs will help my students learn specifics about guinea pigs in order to best care for him and even train him.

This project might also allow for us to bring a companion guinea pig into the classroom as well. Either way, the funding and materials from this project will help my students continue to grow in their responsibility and compassion for living things.

Mrs. Van Otterloo
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmazonBasics Small Animal Habitat, Large • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Carefresh Complete Confetti Pet Bedding for Small Animals, 50 L • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen 40090 • Amazon Business $34.49 1 $34.49
Niteangel Wooden Cage Bridge for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Chinchilla, Large Size (Square Stairs) • Amazon Business $16.95 2 $33.90
AmazonBasics Black Soft-Sided Pet Carrier - Medium • Amazon Business $23.02 1 $23.02
Living World Pet Tunnel, Red/Grey • Amazon Business $10.08 2 $20.16
Guinea Pigs (Animal Planet® Pet Care Library) • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
PetBonus Professional Pet Nail Clipper,45-Degree Curved Design,Super Easy and Safe,For Small Breed Dog,Cat,Rabbit,Ferret and Small Animals(Orange) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Guinea Pig Harness with Leash Adjustable Soft Mesh Small Pet Harness with Safe Bell,Comfort Padded Vest Durable Nylon Harness All Season for Rats,Hamster,iguana, Bearded Dragon,Baby ferret … (blue) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Training Your Guinea Pig (Training Your Pet Series) • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
The Guinea Pig Handbook (Barron's Pet Handbooks) • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
Guinea Pigs: The Essential Guide To Ownership, Care, & Training For Your Pet (Guinea Pig Care) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Kaytee Veggie Basket • Amazon Business $6.12 1 $6.12

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