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Mr. Cable from Anson TX is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Disney Planet Challenge--Feed USA--UPS- Scientific Garden 2

My students need a variety of gardening accessories, and soil and water test meters to allow our Feed USA garden to blossom.

  • $886 goal

This project expired on April 10, 2012.

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My Students

I grew up with a garden. One of my favorite memories is of eating home grown tomatoes, with salt and pepper, at the drive-in theater. I felt sorry for those kids that had to eat popcorn. Despite the fact my school is in a rural area, only a few of my students know where their food comes from.

Many of my students have limited life experience.

Quite a few haven't ever been outside of Texas, or for that matter more than 100 miles from our small town rural school. When I engage them, they are the best students in the world. While we are a high-poverty school, with a large Hispanic and ESL (English as Second Language) population, we always achieve recognized or exemplary status according to the Texas Education Agency rating system. My kids are amazing, but they don't know where their food comes from. The primary crops raised in our area are cotton and maize, and only a few of my students have any connection to that part of our economy. I need to demonstrate to them where their food comes from, which means I must give them a hands-on way to grow plants in the classroom. All of the concepts of ecosystems, environmental science, and pollution come down to a simple question. Will the plants grow?

My Project

My students love any opportunity to engage in hands-on science, particularly in the outdoors. Gardening allows them to engage in all aspects of environmental science, which is essentially all of science. They learn biology, botany, entomology, meteorology, hydrology, chemistry, soil science and good nutritional science as advocated by Feed USA. Our garden will be in integral component of our Disney's Planet Challenge project, and fulfills the UPS focus on rural environmental education as well. The various gardening accessories and water/soil analysis meters we are requesting will allow us to grow a variety of herbs and vegetables, as well as establishing a butterfly/hummingbird garden to encourage natural pollinators. I'm still amazed by the daily miracles that occur in a garden, and I know that my students, who have never experienced those miracles, will have their lives changed forever.

I am a lifelong learner.

My goal is to instill the joy of lifelong learning into all of my students. If they experience even a small share of the sense of awe and wonder that I do every day while learning with them, I will have succeeded. The soil testing equipment and gardening accessories for our school/community garden that I've requested will help us achieve that success.

Mr. Cable
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Soil Moisture and Light Meter, Sav-A-Plant II • Carolina Biological Supply Company $35.10 2 $70.20
Gro-Brick, 20 oz • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.27 6 $25.62
Peat Pots, 2 1/4 in, Pk 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $9.02 5 $45.10
Peat Pots, 3 in, Pk 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $14.49 5 $72.45
Carolina pH Meter Calibration and Maintenance Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $29.21 1 $29.21
Pond Life Series Chart Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $66.45 1 $66.45
LaMotte Dissolved Oxygen TRACER PockeTester • Nasco $334.95 1 $334.95

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