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Mr. Koss from San Diego CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Changed by Chairs: Building Chairs to Honor 20th C People

My students need access to professional carpentry tools (jigsaw, clamps, safety glasses) to help them create projects thats are beautiful in conception and execution.

  • $531 goal

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My Students

Our school is a diverse population of students from around San Diego county with a guiding commitment to equity. We have an enrollment of 41% free or reduced price lunch and our special services population is significantly higher than the average in our area. We also support military families by having over 20% of our population with families serving in the military.

Our students work collaboratively in small teams and do work on projects that are usually integrated between disciplines, grade levels and teachers.

We believe that mixing students, teachers and subjects is a vital path toward real-world/authentic work.

Our students are asked to produce high-quality work that is complex, shows craftsmanship, and is authentic in nature. Projects stretch across the semester and often connect to authentic needs from our community.

My Project

Access to these carpentry tools will allow our students to build highly crafted chairs for their upcoming Changed by Chairs project. Why chairs? Chairs hold an iconic place in our collective consciousness: they can be both utilitarian and ostentatious, tools and decoration, comforter and torturer.

This semester we are going to use chairs and the people who design them to understand the trajectory of the 20th century.

We will study chairs as objects with utility and chairs as stories to tell. We will conduct an in-depth study of one chair and its designer. We will then use this in-depth study to design and build a chair for a 20th century person or group of people, an event, or a human creation that has been forgotten, misunderstood, or unknown to most of the rest of “us”.

Your donation will help many types of students, including those who qualify for free and reduced lunch, and students whose families serve in our military. Thank you for your time and consideration!

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

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This project will reach 56 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
IRWIN QUICK-GRIP Clamp Set, 8 Piece, 4935502 • Amazon Business $35.52 2 $71.04
WORKPRO 30-Piece Heavy Duty Spring Clamps and Mini Bar Clamps Set for Woodworking, DIY Projects, Muslin Clamps for Photo Studio Backdrops Backgrounds • Amazon Business $34.99 2 $69.98
BLACK+DECKER BDEJS600C 5.0-Amp Jig Saw • Amazon Business $33.99 2 $67.98
Ratchet Tie Down Straps - 4 Pk - 15 Ft- 500 Lbs Load Cap- 1500 Lb Break Strength- Cambuckle Alternative- Cargo Straps for Moving Appliances, Lawn Equipment, Motorcycle - Includes 2 Bungee Cord • Amazon Business $18.95 2 $37.90
Starrett FS-24 Steel Professional Framing Square, 24" x 16" Length • Amazon Business $14.90 2 $29.80
Gateway Safety 4699 StarLite Gumballs Safety Glasses, Clear Lens, All Colors Included (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $13.85 2 $27.70
Swanson Tool S0101CB Speed Square Layout Tool with Blue Book and Combination Square Value Pack • Amazon Business $8.78 3 $26.34
VINCA SCLS-1208 Carpenter L Square 8 inch x 12 inch Measuring Layout Tool • Amazon Business $7.17 3 $21.51
Black & Decker 75-626 Assorted Jigsaw Blades Set, Wood and Metal, 24-Pack • Amazon Business $16.56 1 $16.56
Royal Reusable Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Set - 12 x 16 Inch Microfiber Cloth - 24 Pack Washcloth, Auto Detailing Supplies – Cleaning Rags, Works Great with Windex • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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