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Mrs. Bolger from Westmont IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Colorful Culinary Cuisine

My students need a Farm GrowWall to instill healthy food and eating habits while simultaneously teaching responsibility and ownership, cooperation, and patience through exciting hands-on education.

  • $954 goal

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My Students

As the smell of fresh baked bread wafts throughout the school, students are drawn into my foods classroom. I often hear students say, "what are you making today, can I be in your class?" The small size of our school allows for much personal attention to students passions and goals.

I have the autonomy to be creative and flexible-allowing student participation in molding the curriculum.

Students come to class with excitement, ready to take on the challenges I present them. They are so proud to show fellow students what they have prepared in class and even offer samples to teachers. Like our class photo, students come from various backgrounds and provide a spectrum of color to the world.

One of the greatest joys is having students say they are so happy they took my class as it gave them insight into real life. They feel they have the confidence and skills to be self-sufficient in their future endeavors.

My Project

What a great way to go “green” with a classroom garden? I would like to have an indoor OPCOM Farm GrowWall. This type of hydroponic garden will allow my students to be actively involved in growing food, and hopefully be more excited about preparing and eating it. With much needed emphasis on the lack of activity and unhealthy eating habits among youth, this will help to encourage consumption while incorporating science, math, nutrition and culinary skills. We need to focus on this generation of students; to instill healthy food and eating habits while simultaneously teaching responsibility and ownership, cooperation, and patience through exciting hands-on education.

Many factors contribute to today’s poor food choices and inadequate physical activity.

So many students in school today have ever tried many foods available to them. Dual working families and single parent homes have become more reliant on take-out; so many students have limited pallets. In our culinary program, we can provide healthier foods by incorporating vegetables into our food selections, many times without student’s knowledge. We can also help establish patterns in food consumption by guiding students to make the right choices towards a healthier future by not only incorporating the foods into our curriculum but demonstrating the ease and cost savings of growing our own produce and herbs.

Mrs. Bolger
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
OPCOM Farm GrowWall • Nasco $699.99 1 $699.99

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