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Mr. Merlino from El Cerrito CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Distance Learning Growing Your Own Food Project

Help me give my students a chance to grow seeds to learn about genetics and the skills to grow their own food. Albino corn seeds will allow students to observe Mendelian genetics.

  • $242 goal

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My Students

Students are 8th graders and mostly Hispanic and African American students. 60% of the students come from a low income family. Our students have a drive to learn and curious about the world around them. The students arriving at our school know that our main mission is to prepare them with tools for college and beyond.

My Project

These materials will allow students to grow their own food during this time of isolation. Students will experience what is needed to care for a seed throughout it's life cycle. In teaching students how to grow their own food we provide the skills needed for the future. While we might have space at school for a garden now is the time to envision a new way of teaching that allows for students to use their homes as laboratories and and places to discover. These material hopes to balance out the screen time and allow students to be scientist.

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

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This project will reach 102 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SEED SET 7 TYPES PK 100 EACH • Ward's Science $16.58 5 $82.90
SEED GENETIC ZEA ALB:GR(3:1) PK100 • Ward's Science $14.88 3 $44.64
SPHAGNUM PEAT MOSS 11 LITER BAG • Ward's Science $10.29 3 $30.87

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