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Mrs. Smith from Saint Louis MO is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Compassionate Critter Caretakers

My students need a portable cage, food, heating pads, toys, maze tunnels, and an exercise ball for their hairless pet rats.

  • $466 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students are incredibly creative and innovative. They continually raise the bar with their ownership of learning and bravery to try new things. Our elementary school is a special place; as the only district in the state without a racial majority, we celebrate the diversity of our classrooms by affirming our variety of cultures, languages, and learning styles. Though many of our students live in poverty, their resiliency speaks volumes about their capability and agency to change their community!

My students deserve to experience all the world has to offer; they deserve to be heard.

They benefit from being able to create, explore, and collaborate with others. We build community and character through rich experiences and support all learners, even when faced with low funding.

My Project

Our class is learning to be kind and compassionate humans. We are studying our impact on the environment, learning to care for plants and animals and researching the needs of living organisms. This project will help them take care of their class pets: hairless rats affectionately named Mae Jemison and Mary Todd Lincoln after some powerful historical women that we will be studying.

The items in this project include items that will teach the students how to care for the animals, find compassion for other beings, and help them to become animal trainers!

The items requested in this project will provide for the needs of our class pets. The students are gaining responsibility and learning to feed, clean and care for these animals. Items such as food, toys, treats and bedding will ensure our smart little rat friends are well taken care of for a long time. Rats are very intelligent and need a great deal of stimulation. Some items in this project provide stimulation for their wondering little minds. There’s even a rat maze! How cool is that? The hairless rats do require extra warmth so the hanging tents and tank heaters will help in that area. Additionally, the fun portable cage will allow certain students to take them home over the weekends and breaks. Your donation will help keep Mae and Mary happy and healthy and teach an entire class of fifth graders compassion and responsibility!

Mrs. Smith
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
GNB Pet Super Large Hamster DIY 20‘’x12''x15'' Cage Habitat With Complete Tunnel Module (Blue) • Amazon Business $51.62 1 $51.62
Kaytee CritterTrail Dazzle Turn-About Habitat • Amazon Business $42.99 1 $42.99
Kaytee Fiesta Mouse and Rat Food, 4.5-lb bag • Amazon Business $10.99 3 $32.97
Kaytee Silent Spinner Exercise Wheel, Giant, 12," Colors Vary • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Wooden Maze Tunnel Toy with Glass Cover, Small Pet Animals Activity Sport Hamster Play Toys Maze Tunnel Rat Mouse Wooden Funny Toy • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
Kaytee Mega Run-about 13" Exercise Ball, Clear • Amazon Business $18.29 1 $18.29
Stock Show Bird Tent Parrot Hanging Hammock with Soft Dual-use Mat Budgerigar Cockatiels Cockatoo Conure Lovebird Finch Nest Parakeet Tent Hut Cage Decor for Small Animals Birds, Blue • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Pack of 5 Hamster Chew Toys - Natural Wooden Pine Dumbells Exercise Bell Roller Teeth Care Molar Toy for Rabbits Rat Guinea Pig and Other Small Pets Play Toy • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Exo Terra Feeding Dish, Medium • Amazon Business $13.09 1 $13.09
iPower 6 by 8-Inch 8 Watt Reptile Heat Pad Under Tank Terrarium Heater Heat Mat for Small Animals • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
GNB Pet Natural Wood Bridge For Hamster Mice Chinchilla Chipmunk, Small Animals Habitat Toy HM-03 • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Aiicioo Under Tank Heater Reptile Heating Pad Ideal for Hermit Crab Terrarium 8 Watt • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Mainstreet 60-Count 5" Twists Sticks 100% Natural Rawhide Dog Treats For Small/Medium Dog Jerky Twists Chew 12.7oz • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Natural Colorful Wood Hanging Cage Toys Small Animal Chew Toys for Hamster Totoro Chinchillas and other Small Furry Animals • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Niteangel Tunnel Hamster Hammock for Small Animals, Tunnel Tube Rat Ferret Toy (Chocolate) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
10 Pack Small Animal Lava Bites, Hamster Chew Toys Chew Treats Teeth Grinding Block for Hamster Chinchilla • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
Bojafa 8.8oz Apple Sticks Small Animals Molar Wood Treats Toys Chinchilla Guinea Pig Hamster Rabbit Gerbil Parrot Bunny and Small Animals Chew Stick Toys Treats (8.8 OZ, About 50 Pcs) • Amazon Business $9.58 1 $9.58
Ware Manufacturing Fun Tunnels Play Tube for Small Pets, 30 X 4 Inches - Medium • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23
Kaytee Nut Knot Knibbler • Amazon Business $7.20 1 $7.20
MUPIANLX Bamboo Sticks Pet Snacks Sweet Bamboo Chew Toy and Food for Squirrel Rabbits Guinea Pigs Chinchilla Hamster (100G) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Zoo Med Reptile Rock Food Dish, Medium, Browns, 7.25" l x 6" w x 0.75" h • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Kaytee Small Animal Ka-Bob Chew Dispenser Toy, Large • Amazon Business $5.93 1 $5.93
Kaytee 3 Count Chew Toy, Carrot Patch Variety • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Kaytee Fiesta Strawberry Flavor Yogurt Chips for Small Animals, 3.5-oz bag • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89
eCOTRITION Yogies Hamster/Gerbil/Rat Treats, Fruit Flavor, 3.5-Ounce • Amazon Business $1.39 1 $1.39

Materials cost

$359.90

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.40

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$395.30

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$69.76

Total project goal

$465.06

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$465.06

2 Donors

-$155.02

Donations toward project cost

-$131.77

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$23.25

match offer

-$310.04

Match offer toward project cost

-$263.53

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$46.51

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$0.00

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