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Mrs. Lamberson from Pasco WA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Compassion for Small Creatures

My students need a new guinea pig habitat for our 6th grade classroom.

  • $808 goal

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My Students

My students are caring, kind, and amazing. They are sixth graders who remain at the elementary school due to overcrowding.

My students mainly come from bilingual homes and receive free lunches at our school.

They understand hard work as I have heard stories of how some are already working. They come to school ready to learn and are excited about the new possibilities every day.

Our school values rigorous STEM values, and my students should have a classroom that reflects that, no matter what city they live in.

My Project

"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." Albert Einstein. Our students would benefit greatly from having a new guinea pig habitat and the accessories to go along with it. We have worn out the current habitat that I purchased four years ago and this one would be a much better one for the cavies to be in.

In an effort to teach students to embrace the beauty of all living creatures, our 6th grade class has cavies, or guinea pigs as class pets.

Four years ago I read some research stating that students who have pets in the classroom have lower levels of stress and can even show growth in scores. Pets also teach students responsibility as there is another life depending on them. Not only do the students benefit, but the animals bond with the students as well. They squeak when they see them come in each morning as well as when they hear a rustle of a snack bag.

What I have discovered since having the cavies in the classroom is that my students are more sensitive, for example they will say, "use a quiet voice that will hurt her (cavy) ears." They show responsibility on a daily basis, they regularly will give up a recess or come in early to clean out a cage or feed them. Finally, students have shown great compassion and comfort. Sometimes during a rough time in their life, which can unfortunately happen multiple times during a year, the snuggle of a cavy while they quietly tell them their problems has created a sense of calm within their storm.

Mrs. Lamberson
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Small Pet Select Jumbo Natural Paper Bedding, 178 L • Amazon Business $39.99 8 $319.92
Merax Rabbit Hutch Wooden House Wooden Cage for Small Animals (Rabbit Hutch#1) • Amazon Business $173.66 1 $173.66
Small Pet Select Jumbo Natural Paper Bedding, 178 L • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
The Safety Zone GNEP-SM-1P Nitrile Exam Gloves - Medical Grade, Powder Free, Latex Rubber Free, Disposable, Non Sterile, Food Safe, Textured, Indigo Color, Convenient Dispenser Pack of 100, Size Small • Amazon Business $8.30 3 $24.90
Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen 40090 • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Choco Nose H128 Patented No Drip Small Animal Water Bottle. Best Water Bottle for Small Pet/Bunny/Ferret/Hamster/Critter. BPA Free. 11.2 Oz. Nozzle Diameter: 10mm (Blue) • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Kaytee Hay n Food Bin Feeder with Quick Locks • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Ware Manufacturing Small Animal Grooming Kit • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09

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