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Ms. Tom from Bronx NY is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Expressions of Gratitude

Help me give my students soap bases, baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, vanilla extract, cinnamon, epsom salts, dried flowers, loose leaf teas, succulents with planters and air plants to make gifts of appreciation.

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My Students

My students are shrewd, savvy, brave, resilient and wise beyond their years. They attend a Title I school and live in one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. This is also the lowest academically performing school district in New York. Despite these challenges, they are eager to learn when provided with the opportunity and resources. Our school offers a safe space for them to grow and flourish. We have an exceptionally strong social support system, with counselors working with small groups of students on an ongoing basis from grades six to twelve to ensure they graduate from high school and enroll in college.

When my students enter the classroom and see an experiment set up, they are excited and curious and want to start exploring right away.

Most of my students come from homes where academic enrichment opportunities outside of school are limited. My students truly appreciate any of the extras we can bring into the classroom.

My goal is to create an exciting, positive, learning environment for my students to explore the world around them.

My Project

Adolescence can be seen as a time of self-absorption where students are intensely focused on their own experiences and their interactions with peers, while grappling with issues of self-identity, but it is also a time of great transformation when young people are opening up to the world around them and finding their place in that world.

Gratitude helps teens become more resilient by focusing their attention upon others and emphasizing the importance of empathy.

"Teens are vulnerable to the 'self-serving bias' which means that when something good happens they think it is because of them, and when something bad happens they blame the circumstances or someone else." Keeping a gratitude journal is one way my students can use their journalism skills to be mindful of all the ways others have helped them, and encourage them to take responsibility for their own actions.

With Mother's Day approaching in May and Father's Day following in June, I would like to provide my students with materials to create small gifts to show their loved ones their appreciation for their care. My students will use the Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base, Coconut Milk Soap Base, Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, Milliard Citric Acid, cornstarch, oils, cinnamon, epsom salts, and dried flowers to make soaps and bath bombs as gifts to bring home to a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle. They will also include a sampling of a variety of loose leaf teas and matcha green tea powders. The air-tight canisters will keep the tea fresh until we package it for distribution. The succulents and air plants will also make easy to care for gifts for their loved ones.

Ms. Tom
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, with gift box, 8 ounces • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
Succulent Plants (20 Pack) Fully Rooted in Planter Pots with Soil | Real Live Potted Succulents / Unique Indoor Cactus Decor by Plants for Pets • Amazon Business $39.91 1 $39.91
Tealyra - Matcha - Start Up Kit - 3 items - Matcha Green Tea Gift Set - Japanese Made Beige Bowl - Bamboo Whisk and Scoop - Gift Box • Amazon Business $33.97 1 $33.97
Glass Measuring Cup, [Insulated handle, V-Shaped Spout], 77L High Borosilicate Glass Measuring Cup for Kitchen or Restaurant, Easy To Read, 1000 ML (1 Liter, 4 Cup) • Amazon Business $15.27 2 $30.54
Tealyra - Imperial Jasmine Dragon Pearls - Loose Leaf Green Tea - Jasmine Green Tea with Pleasant Aroma and Tonic Effect - 113g (4-ounce) • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, 5 Lbs • Amazon Business $3.70 8 $29.60
LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set 12 USA made Fizzies, Shea & Coco Butter Dry Skin Moisturize, Perfect for Bubble & Spa Bath. Handmade Birthday Mothers day Gifts idea For Her/Him, wife, girlfriend • Amazon Business $26.80 1 $26.80
Premium Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder - 1st Harvest Ceremonial HIGHEST Grade - USDA & JAS Organic - From Japan 30g Tin [1.06oz] - Perfect for Starbucks Latte, Shake, Smoothies & Baking • Amazon Business $26.00 1 $26.00
bMAKER Bulk Botanical Flowers Kit (6pack) Edible & Kosher Certified 1.5 cups each of Jasmine, Rosebuds, Lavender, Marigold, Chamomile and Pink Rose Buds & Petals, 2ml of Rose Absolute Essential Oil • Amazon Business $25.50 1 $25.50
ULTRA CLEAR TRANSPARENT 100% PURE & Premium organic GLYCERIN MELT & POUR SOAP BASE (5 lb) • Amazon Business $25.25 1 $25.25
12 Live Air Plant Variety Pack | Large Tillandsia Terrarium Kit with Spray Bottle Mister for Water / Fertilizer | Assorted Species • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
T4U 2.5 Inch Ceramic Ice Crack Zisha Raised Serial succulent Plant Pot/Cactus Plant Pot Flower Pot/Container/Planter Full colors Package 1 Pack of 12 • Amazon Business $24.93 1 $24.93
LoveSome Corn Starch, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $24.35 1 $24.35
Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup, Grade A Very Dark/Grade B, 32 Ounce (Frustration Free Packaging) • Amazon Business $23.38 1 $23.38
Milliard Citric Acid 10 Pound - 100% Pure Food Grade NON-GMO Project VERIFIED (10 Pound) • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
12 Pcs Tillandsia Air Plant Lot/Kit Includes 11 Plants and 1 Bottle of Organic Air Plant Fertilizer Food/Plus Gifting Box • Amazon Business $22.95 1 $22.95
Teavana Citrus Lavender, Herbal Tea With Pineapple, Orange and Notes of Sage, 60 Count (4 packs of 15 sachets) • Amazon Business $22.76 1 $22.76
Teavana Peach Tranquility, Herbal Tea With Chamomile and Notes of Citrus, 60 Count (4 packs of 15 sachets) • Amazon Business $21.92 1 $21.92
Japanese Handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl Brown, Matcha Tea Cup Ceremony, Authentic Mino Ware Pottery, Shigaraki Oribe Chawan • Amazon Business $21.84 1 $21.84
Coconut Milk Soap Base 5 Lb. • Amazon Business $21.81 1 $21.81
Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste, 4 Ounces • Amazon Business $21.56 1 $21.56
Amazon Brand - Solimo Epsom Salt Soaking Aid, Eucalyptus Scented, 3 Pound (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Amazon Brand - Solimo Epsom Salt Soaking Aid, Lavender Scented, 3 Pound (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
AMERICAN PLANT EXCHANGE Green Sansevieria Trifasciata Zeylanica Live Plant 6" 1 Gallon Top Air Purifier! • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Soap Making Scents - Set of 12 Premium Grade Fragrance Oils - Baked Milk, Coffee, Hawaii, Lavender, Melon, Mint, Ocean, PEAR Vanilla, Strawberry ICE Cream, Summer RAIN, Verbena, Wild Berry. • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil by Leven Rose, 100% Pure Unrefined Cold Pressed Anti Aging Acne Treatment for Hair Skin and Nails 2 oz • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Matcha Green Tea Powder All Natural Weight Loss Metabolism Booster and Diet Smoothie Shake Mix and Fat Burning Supplement 113 Grams USDA Organic Culinary • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Cute Farms Tillandsia Air Plant Fertilizer | Gentle Weekly Use Formula Plant Food (Three - 8 oz. Spray Bottles) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Jade Leaf - Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder - USDA Certified, Authentic Japanese Origin - Classic Culinary Grade (Smoothies, Lattes, Baking, Recipes) - Antioxidants, Energy [100g Value Size] • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
FLOWERPLUS Planter Pots Indoor, 7 Pack 2.75 Inch Modern White Ceramic Small Hex Succulent Cactus Flower Plant Pot with Bamboo Tray for Indoors Outdoor Office Home Garden Kitchen Decor (Hexagon) • Amazon Business $19.88 1 $19.88
Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea - Premium Flavor Organic Tea Jasmine Pearls Loose Leaf Tea Hand Rolled - 4 ounces / 113 grams • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Golden Moon - Organic Oolong Loose Leaf Tea | Naturally Creamy Texture & Deliciously Smooth Taste | Tie Guan Yin Wulong Tea Variety is Good for Weight Loss | 40 Servings in 3.3 Oz Tea Tin • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Matcha Green Tea Powder 4oz - Organic Vegan Milky Taste USDA Certified - 137x Antioxidants Over Brewed Green Tea- Great for Matcha Latte, SmoothiesIce Cream and Baking + Alternative Coffee • Amazon Business $18.94 1 $18.94
Fuller's Sugarhouse Pure New Hampshire Maple Sugar Candy-5oz. Gift Box (20 Pieces) • Amazon Business $18.49 1 $18.49
Minera Natural Dead Sea Salt, 5lbs Bulk - Fine Grain • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Bath Bomb Mold Kit 12 Pieces with 12 Soap Colorant, Shrink Wrap Bags - Liquid Food Grade Skin Safe Bath Bomb Dye for Making DIY Bath Bombs Supplies, Soap Coloring, Crafting Fizzles - with Instructions • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
BESTLEAFTEA- Spring Picked Organic Jasmine Pearl Green Tea/Top Quality Chinese Loose Leaf Tea 100 gram/3.5 OZ • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Bath Bomb Mold Set with Soap Colorant, Shrink Wrap Bags - Skin Safe Food Grade Soap Dye for Bath Bomb Making Supplies Kit - Liquid Bath Bomb Dye for CP M&P Soap Coloring, Crafts - with Instructions • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Succulent Pots, ZOUTOG White Mini 3.15 inch Ceramic Flower Planter Pot with Bamboo Tray, Pack of 6 (Plants NOT Included) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Hoffman 10410 Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix, 10 Quarts • Amazon Business $5.49 3 $16.47
Genesis GHG1500A Dual Temperature Heat Gun Kit with Four Metal Nozzle Attachments • Amazon Business $16.33 1 $16.33
King Arthur Flour Vietnamese Cinnamon, 3oz, 2 Count • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap - Peppermint 32oz. • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Succulent Planter,OAMCEG 2.75 inch Succulent Plant Pots,Set of 6 White Ceramic Succulent Cactus Planter Pots with Bamboo Tray(Plants NOT Included) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castille Liquid Soap - Citrus, 32 Oz • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Succulent Plant Pots,OAMCEG 3.54 inch Square Design for Succulent/Cactus,Set of 4 White Ceramic Succulent Cactus Planter Pots with Bamboo Tray(Plants NOT Included) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Dr. Bronner's Pure Liquid Castile Soap - Peppermint 32oz • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
BambooMN Matcha Whisk Set - Black Chasen (Tea Whisk), Black Tray, Black Chashaku (Hooked Bamboo Scoop), Black Tea Spoon - 1 Set • Amazon Business $15.75 1 $15.75
Stainless Steel Bath Bomb Molds Professional Set of 3 Sizes. Heavy Duty Metal, Dent and Rust Proof by Healthy Home Helper. • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea - Taiwanese High Mountain Green Oolong - Loose Leaf - Tieguanyin Wu Long Tea From Taiwan 100g 3.5 Ounce • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
Oishi Matcha - Organic Premium Gourmet First Harvest Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder - Lattes, Smoothies, Baking - Radiation Free, No Additives, Zero Sugar - USDA and JAS Certified 30g (1oz) Tin • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Quinn's Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel 16oz – Unscented Aloe Vera Natural Toner for Face & Skin • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Stash Tea Moroccan Mint Green Tea 20 Count Box of Tea Bags (Pack of 6), Tea Bags Individually Wrapped in Foil (packaging may vary), Medium Caffeine Tea, Green Tea Blended with Mint, Drink Hot or Iced • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
Fractionated Coconut Oil – 100% Pure & Natural Premium Therapeutic Grade – Huge 16 OZ - Coconut Carrier Oil for Aromatherapy, Massage, Moisturizing Skin & Hair • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract, with gift box, 4 ounces • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Exotic Pebbles PMS0510 Polished Gravel, Mixed, 5 Pounds, 3/8-Inch • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
Tiesta Tea Chunky Watermelon Fruit Tea, 50 Servings, 5 Ounce Tin, Caffeine Free, Loose Leaf Herbal Tea Immunity Blend, Non-GMO • Amazon Business $12.78 1 $12.78
Naturevibe Botanicals Organic Ginger Root Powder-2 lbs (2 pack of 1lbs each), Zingiber officinale Roscoe | Non-GMO verified, Gluten Free and Kosher • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Black Cocoa Powder for Baking- All Natural Alkalized Unsweetened Cocoa for Coloring Agent in Baked Goods - Dutch Processed With Smooth Mellow Flavor - 1 LB, The Cocoa Trader • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Anchor Hocking 77832 Triple Pour Measuring Cup, Glass, 8-Ounce • Amazon Business $3.99 3 $11.97
ARGO Cornstarch - 35oz - CASE PACK OF 2 • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
Organic Turmeric Root Powder (2lb) by Naturevibe Botanicals, (2 Pack of 1lbs each) | Gluten Free & Non-GMO Verified | Contains Curcumin • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Marmara Pure Loose Apple Tea with Real Apple No Sugar Added 8 ounce • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
30PCS- Bath Bomb Mold Kit, 15 Set 3 Size Mold & Bath Bombs Press for DIY Making Supplies • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
30PCS- Bath Bomb Mold Kit, 15 Set 3 Size Mold & Bath Bombs Press for DIY Making Supplies • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Creativity for Kids Mini Sequin Pets - Norbert The Narwhal Plush Toy - Weighted Sensory Toys for Kids • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Tiesta Tea Blueberry Wild Child Blueberry Hibiscus Fruit Tea, 50 Servings, 5.5 Ounce Tin - Caffeine Free, Loose Leaf Herbal Tea Eternity Blend, Non-GMO • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
Tiesta Tea Fruity Pebbles, Strawberry Pineapple Green Tea, 50 Servings, 4 Ounce Tin, Medium Caffeine, Loose Leaf Green Tea Slenderizer Blend • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
Littlefun Premium 304 Stainless Steel Bath Bomb Mold with 2 Set 4 Pieces Hemispheres ✮ Make Your Own DIY Lush Balls Fizzles✮ Unique Design Latch ✮ Mix Your Own Recipes (2.56 Inch Diameter/2 Balls) • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Resinta 24 Pieces Air Plant Holder Suction Cup Air Plant Wall Holder Hanging on Glass and Refrigerator (Plants Not Included) (24) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
COQOFA 200 Pcs Round Heat Shrink Wrap Bags 4X6 Inch PVC for Bath Bombs Soaps Bottles Cookies Crafts DIY Homemade Products Clear Sealer Film • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Tao of Tea, Black Dragon Oolong Tea, Loose Leaf, 3.5 Ounce Tin • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
Ktdorns Soap Making Set - 10 Liquid Colors for Soap Coloring,Coal Black, Royal Blue,Chocolate Brown,Lemon Yellow,Fruit Green,Sunset Red,Sunset Yellow,Deep Pink,Super Red and Grape Violet. • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Hazer Baba Apple Tea 250g • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Epsom Salt Tropical Mango, 3Ibs, Ultra Hydrating Epsom for Nourishing Essential Body Care • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera, 12 oz (Package may vary) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Epsom Salt Coconut Lime, 3Ibs, Ultra Hydrating Epsom for Nourishing Essential Body Care • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89
Tree Hut Detoxifying Mediterranean Salt Soak Fig & Olive, 3Ibs, Ultra Hydrating Epsom for Nourishing Essential Body Care • Amazon Business $5.75 1 $5.75
Super Moss 7 59834 23310 7 B00I6AKFI8, 80.75 in3 Bag (Appx. 2oz) 0 • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79

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