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Ms. Howard from Washington DC is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Children, Children, How Does Our Garden Grow?

My students need books, garden and plant materials, and art supplies for a long term project about gardens as we discover, research and use the garden at our school.

  • $381 goal

This project expired on February 16, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

What an amazing, intriguing, and joyful opportunity to have a large garden right in the middle of a major city! My city students have the opportunity to learn about the wonders of a garden, and even work in it, but we need the materials and resources to make the connection in the classroom.

My 16 pre-kindergarten students (age 3 and 4) are wonderful, energetic, enthusiastic, and creative learners.

Our community is great, but we are in a low income school in Washington DC, and we are still lacking some necessary materials. Young children learn through hands on experiences, play, and authentic discoveries made with teachers and peers. We have the determination and the interest, but we need to have the resources to make our learning meaningful! My students are very excited to learn about our garden - especially about the bugs in the garden, and they are eager to explore as much as they can. They areThe resources that I have requested are sure to inspire my children to dig deeper with their questioning, research, and learning. Using the "root vue farm" and "greenhouse", we will be able to have plants growing in our classroom on those days that we can't get over to the school garden, and they will be accessible to students at all times during the day. The students will be able to observe change, and even be able to observe roots and carrots growing underground with these materials! wonderfully capable children, and I am confident that they will be as appreciative as me if we can get the materials for our garden project.

My Project

The resources that I have requested are sure to inspire my children to dig deeper with their questioning, research, and learning. Using the "root vue farm" and "greenhouse", we will be able to have plants growing in our classroom on those days that we can't get over to the school garden, and they will be accessible to students at all times during the day. The students will be able to observe change, and even be able to observe roots and carrots growing underground with these materials! The many books will be used to tie in literacy, but also for the students to look and find their own information about plants, bugs, and gardening. The children already love the butterflies they have seen when we are outside, and if we receive the butterfly house, we will be able to actually watch the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly - what wonderful conversations and discoveries could stem from just that! EVERYTHING on the list has a purpose and EVERYTHING will be used with love and care.

Please, please, PLEASE consider our project when you choose to donate.

My school is made up of lovely people, but my students do not have all of the materials that they deserve. They are curious minds and love exploring. The garden project will provide endless opportunities for exploration, discovery, and rich conversation between students. We plan to use the garden project to address all academic domains, as we write about what we see, measure growth of plants, work together, etc. THANK YOU!!

Ms. Howard
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Tiny Seed Eric Carle • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Clara Caterpillar Pamela Duncan Edwards, Henry Cole (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
From Caterpillar to Butterfly Deborah Heiligman, Bari Weissman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Diary of a Worm Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Wiggling Worms at Work (Let's-Read-and-Find-out Science Series, Stage 2) Wendy Pfeffer, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
The Curious Garden Peter Brown • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden George Levenson, Shmuel Thaler (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Jack's Garden Henry Cole, Henry Cole (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Inch by Inch: The Garden Song David Mallett, Ora Eitan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Gardener Sarah Stewart, David Small (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Strega Nona's Harvest Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Plant Secrets Emily Goodman • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Five Little Ladybugs with Hand Puppet Melanie Gerh, Laura Huliska Beith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.51 1 $10.51
Ladybugs Claire Llewellyn, Barrie Watts • Barnes and Noble $4.22 1 $4.22
Root Vue Farm Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $28.34 1 $28.34
Classroom Greenhouse with Cover • Kaplan Early Learning Company $51.56 1 $51.56
The Germination Greenhouse Kit • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.46 1 $21.46
Butterfly Garden Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $17.16 1 $17.16
FG219 - Peel & Stick Puzzle Letters • Lakeshore Learning $9.95 1 $9.95
DD105 - Black Write & Wipe Markers - Thin-Line - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning $3.99 2 $7.98
FF491 - Alphabet Collage Beads • Lakeshore Learning $12.95 1 $12.95
FG532 - Ladybug Letters Game • Lakeshore Learning $9.99 1 $9.99
LC888 - Lakeshore Starter Cash Pack • Lakeshore Learning $6.99 1 $6.99

Materials cost

$270.51

Vendor shipping charges

$14.22

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.06

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$323.79

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$57.14

Total project goal

$380.93

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$380.93

6 Donors

-$120.00

Donations toward project cost

-$102.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.00

match offer

-$260.93

Match offer toward project cost

-$221.79

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$39.14

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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