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Ms. Pilon from Wilmington CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Culinary Arts and Cuisine and Chemistry, Oh My!

My students need books to support our Culinary Arts program, and also tie it to STEM such as: Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Food, The Science of Cooking, Cooking for Geeks, and other titles.

  • $315 goal

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My Students

My students are scholars, athletes, musicians, chess players, manga and anime fanatics, cheerleaders, artists, runners, and volunteers. They participate in all kinds of clubs and activities. They are funny, quirky, and curious. Some are learning English. Many are looking forward to college and careers. They take great pride in our school.

I try to create a welcoming environment for them filled with materials/resources that meet the needs of as many students as possible.

As a high school librarian I see avid readers, non-readers, and every type of reader in between. Wherever my students begin, my goal is to help them grow and expand as readers, writers, thinkers, and dreamers.

My school is a Title I school with students qualifying for free meals. Many of my students do not have a quiet, comfortable place to read at home. While most of my students can decode words on a page, many have not developed a love of or passion for reading. They have not found that special book, that "home run" book that changes the course of their reading lives.

My students like the coffee house vibe we are trying to create in our library; an atmosphere of joy and inquiry prevails.

My Project

Our school has so many great programs, and our library needs to support them all! Students love Culinary Arts, and there are so many connections to be made to STEM as well as arts and cultures. There just aren't enough funds to fill all the gaps in our library collection.

These books will broaden the knowledge, enhance the skills, and support the learning of our students as they develop their abilities in Culinary Arts and Chemistry; they are a lot of fun, too!

Voluminous reading, in many genres and subjects is the key to deep and life-long learning. As C.S. Lewis said, “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” I would add Science to that equation! Our students will learn a lot from these additions to our school library.

Ms. Pilon
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Foodie Teen • Amazon Business $28.95 1 $28.95
Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking • Amazon Business $14.39 2 $28.78
The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Cooks, and Good Food • Amazon Business $25.15 1 $25.15
A Teen Guide to Eco-Gardening, Food, and Cooking (Eco Guides) • Amazon Business $24.10 1 $24.10
Gluten (Know Your Food) • Amazon Business $23.95 1 $23.95
Foodprints: The Story of What We Eat • Amazon Business $21.50 1 $21.50
The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking • Amazon Business $19.49 1 $19.49
Clara Cakes: Delicious and Simple Vegan Desserts for Everyone! • Amazon Business $16.96 1 $16.96

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