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Mrs. Piper from Royal City WA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Cells: Microscopic Building Blocks

My students need a compound light microscope to examine cells and other microscope material.

  • $416 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our middle school is located in a very small, rural, farming community. We have a very high free and reduced lunch rate population, along side a high migrant student population, and English Language Learners. This creates many inequities in the learning process. Students need extra support in most courses, due to these many factors.

Our goal, as educators in this unique community, it to try and bridge the gap, caused by socioeconomic status, migrant living, and being English language learners.

Students who live a migrant life style will often have numerous gaps in their learning due to changes in schools, standards, and expectations from place to place. Many of our students also spend time traveling from family to family and have extended periods of time spent outside of the U.S. where there is no public education. Our school is in major need of support for these students of special needs.

My Project

Hands-on activities encourage a love of learning and connect abstract concepts to real world applications. Students are asked to conduct investigations to provide evidence that living things are composed of cells, either one or many numbers and types. This is our NGSS standard and with the addition of this amazing resources for our students they will better be able to identify real cells. In class we use microscopes to give students a hands on, real life approach to examining cells. This is invaluable to our English Language Learners which is 46% percent of our population.

Due to our high migrant student population English language learners, and student’s socioeconomic statuses, our need for great engagement opportunities is enormous.

Only 36% of our 7th grade students are meeting standard in ELA and only 28.5% in mathematics. While 58% are passing our science standards in 8th grade, we want that number even higher. With the advantages of hands on learning through the use of microscopes we can foster a generation of language learners in excel in science and bring new perspective to an underprivileged population.

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

Equity Focus

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This project will reach 150 students.

11 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Swift M2251C Educational Microscope • Carolina Biological Supply Company $269.10 1 $269.10

Materials cost

$269.10

Vendor shipping charges

$26.91

Sales tax

$23.55

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.04

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$353.60

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$62.40

Total project goal

$416.00

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$416.00

9 Donors

-$207.12

Donations toward project cost

-$177.55

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.57

match offer

-$207.12

Match offer toward project cost

-$176.05

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$31.07

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.76

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$0.00

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