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Dr. Kaiser from Fayetteville NC is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Financial Literacy: Saving Up for a Rainy Day

My students need 3 rain barrels and a rain chain to learn how to reclaim water for gardening and increase financial literacy.

  • $586 goal

This project expired on July 23, 2015.

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My Students

Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow? Help us minimize cost and maximize the benefits of rain water as we learn more about sustenance farming and financial literacy.

My students are academically gifted students attending a globally themed school.

The particular group of students that would benefit from this project are in the 4th and 5th grade. These students demonstrate their ability to be the movers and shakers, problem solvers, creative thinkers, and leaders in their classes, the school, and some day in our world. In fact, many of them are members of the Junior Beta Club. As such, they volunteer many hours collecting items for people in need and caring for the school grounds through beautification projects. A recent project includes collecting donations to support a college scholarship fund.

My Project

Our state has the benefit of a milder climate and longer growing seasons. As a certified Green School, one of our target areas is gardening. We are fortunate to have 11 raised beds behind the school. We are also lucky that through the cooperation of our district grounds crew and the county waste management department, the cost of adding "black gold" - compost rich in nutrients - is not prohibitive. If that wasn't enough, Bonnie Plants makes a generous donation of cabbages to students in 3rd grade each year as a part of their education outreach. All of that is to say, we have the space, the plants, the nutrients, lots of sunlight, but lack access to water. Sure we could run a hose to the tap but that does not align with our Green School efforts. Adding rain barrels and a rain chain will enable us to educate students about environmental and fiscal responsibility. Students will track the cost-effectiveness of reclaiming water & using it to grow our crops.

This project is multi-disciplinary.

Besides learning the financial impact of utilizing a rain barrel, students will improve their understanding of plant growth, the water cycle, and much more. Your donation will help us realize the answer to the age old question: "Teacher, when will I use this?" This hands-on project will engage students in an authentic learning experience that will shape their views on water consumption and sustenance farming. Thank you for your help!

Dr. Kaiser
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Good Ideas SV-RS-CHA Savannah Rain Barrel 55-Gallon, Charcoal • Amazon $109.99 3 $329.97
Stanwood Rain Chain Lotus Lily Flower Copper Rain Chain, 8-Feet • Amazon $81.99 1 $81.99
Stanwood Rain Chain Copper Gutter Adaptor for Rain Chain Installation • Amazon $16.21 1 $16.21

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