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Mr. Lovejoy from Oakland CA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Cooking Project

My students need basic supplies like measuring cups, cutlery and cutting boards as well as larger items like a mini-fridge and hot plate for an upcoming cooking unit.

  • $546 goal

This project expired on January 27, 2016.

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My Students

My students have just finished building a window garden full of herbs and spices. Tiny green buds are pushing their way through the black soil and my students are excited. The next step, however, is to learn to cook some meals they can use these spices on.

I teach a Mild/Moderate ASC-SDC class.

In layman's terms, it's special education for students with a variety of different learning disabilities. Most of my students are classified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Most of my students are also classified as English Language Learners, who speak a language other than English at home. They all come from poor, urban areas of East Oakland, a part of California that is sometimes described as a "food desert" due to it's lack of readily available, fresh produce. My students are all 9th through 12th graders (ages 14 - 18), enthusiastic, social and friendly. They love video games, cartoons, comic books and drawing. One thing they don't like is eating nutritious, home-cooked food.

My Project

As you may know, one symptom of autism is a hypersensitivity to sensory input which can manifest itself in highly particular eating habits. Because of this, young people with autism often struggle to receive adequate nutrition. Furthermore, this also often results in difficulty managing and maintaining a food budget in adulthood as well as issues with overall health and obesity. In order to alleviate these difficulties in their lives after high school, I plan to teach my students basic cooking skills and a few simple recipes - such as how to cook Spanish rice, or how to steam vegetables. In addition to learning to cook, students will learn about meal planning, food safety, nutrition, and budgeting. As for specific materials, we need a mini-fridge to store perishable food items; we need hot plates to cook food, knives, cutting boards, measuring cups and other supplies to transform my classroom into a kitchen and teach students how to prepare their own meals.

This project will address one of the bigger, less spoken of issues facing young people with autism.

As part of our Life Skills curriculum this year, my students will learn how to eat healthy and how to prepare healthy meals - a truly valuable skill that will last a lifetime, and one, I'm sure, many wish they would have learned in high school.

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

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This project will reach 17 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
RCA RFR321-Black Fridge, 3.2 Cubic Feet, Black • Amazon Business $129.14 1 $129.14
Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16-Piece Block Knife Set • Amazon Business $58.99 1 $58.99
Cook N Home 15 Piece Non stick Black Soft handle Cookware Set • Amazon Business $45.31 1 $45.31
Oster CKSTBUDS00 Inspire Double Burner, Stainless Steel • Amazon Business $42.27 1 $42.27
Martex Hand Towels, White, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $27.55 1 $27.55
Rubbermaid 12-Piece New Premier Food Storage Container Set • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Cambridge Silversmiths Blossom Sand 20-Piece Flatware Set • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Totally Bamboo 3 Piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set; Perfect For Meat & Veggie Prep, Serve Bread, Crackers & Cheese, Cocktail Bar Board • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
Prepworks by Progressive Ultimate 19-Piece Measuring Cup and Spoon Set • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Palmolive Ultra Original Dish Washing Liquid, 10oz - 2 Pack • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Casabella Premium Water Stop Gloves, Medium 1pr • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13

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