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Mrs. Holzweiss from Bay Shore NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Friends of The Environment

My students need books about the effects of plastic on the environment, craft supplies to transform bottles into gifts, and a GoPro camera to record their learning.

  • $2,291 goal

This project expired on October 1, 2015.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We all have heard the saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure." I truly believe that we can find environmentally-friendly ways to create objects that we can use from items that we consider garbage, especially plastic bottles. Students can learn how to clean our earth and recycle.

Our middle school is a diverse high-needs school of about 1,400 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Almost 50% qualify for free or reduced rate lunch. Many of our students receive services, including ESL, special education, and academic intervention. STREAM (science, technology, research, art, and math) activities help my middle school ESL students, classified students, students of low economic background, and female students to become interested in careers related to these fields, and to create long-term goals. It's not enough for my students to learn how to recycle and clean the environment. They need to know how they can reduce waste by repurposing materials and transforming them into objects that they can use. We only have one world to call home.

My Project

This project was inspired by "Beach Buddies: Teach for the Planet" and helps our local community. The students will learn about the negative effects of plastic through books and websites. They will also participate in hands on lessons related to environmental impacts of plastic bottles. One lesson will be understanding the impact of using single use plastics and how they impact our marine life. Students will analyze plastic bag usage, and then create their own reusable bag with a slogan they design. They will use these bags and gloves as they collect garbage and plastic bottles inside and around the school. Using the bottles they have collected, the students will create other objects out of them. This project will help my students to make positive changes in the world in multiple ways. They will not only clean the environment but also transform recyclables into other things. My students will document their experiences with the GoPro camera to teach others about saving our earth.

Our youth can have a powerful impact on our environment, and they need to learn what they can do to help.

Not only will my students learn about the negative impact of plastics, but they will also learn how to creatively transform what we throw away into something new. Thank you for supporting this lifelong lesson.

Mrs. Holzweiss
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 350 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GoPro - HERO4 Black 4K Action Camera • Best Buy Education $499.99 1 $499.99
Alvin Professional -Self Healing Cutting Mat GREEN/BLACK (12x18) • Amazon $12.51 10 $125.10
2YR W / ADH DSC Commercial Geek Squad Protection • Best Buy Education $74.99 1 $74.99
Crayola(r) 10-Pack Fabric Markers (Single Box) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $4.21 10 $42.10
GoPro - Waterproof Case - Clear/Black • Best Buy Education $59.99 1 $59.99
DT508 - Decorate-Your-Own Tote Bags - Set of 15 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 4 $79.96
3M Utility Duct Tape - Pack of 3 (2929-3 UNIT) • Amazon $29.95 2 $59.90
PAINTERS PAINT MARKERS CRAFT • School Specialty $11.64 7 $81.48
PAINTERS PAINT MARKERS BRIGHT • School Specialty $11.64 7 $81.48
Pro′s Kit GK-368 Battery Operated Glue Gun • Amazon $26.90 2 $53.80
GoPro - HERO3 Wrist Housing • Best Buy Education $49.99 1 $49.99
Patriotic Washi Tape Set (5 Rolls Per Unit) Each Roll Includes 16 Ft. Of Tape • Amazon $8.99 5 $44.95
Fun Express Lot of 12 Polyester Bright Neon Color Paisley Scarf Bandana Bandannas, Purple/Pink/Blue/Orange/Yellow/Green • Amazon $10.99 4 $43.96
Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, 4-Ounce • Amazon $9.99 4 $39.96
X-ACTO Z Series #1 Knife with Cap (XZ3601) • Amazon $3.97 10 $39.70
Elife 20 Pairs 8mm 5/16" Width Flat Shoelace for Sneakers Boots Skateboard Hiking Athletic Sport Shoe (10 mixed color:2 pairs for each color) • Amazon $9.99 3 $29.97
Foam-Sheets 5-1/2-Inch-by-8-1/2-Inch, 50-Pack, Rainbow Colors • Amazon $9.72 3 $29.16
TEKTON 3504 5-Inch Precision Needle Nose Pliers • Amazon $5.54 5 $27.70
Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Nonfiction - Grades 4-8) • Amazon $25.60 1 $25.60
Sunpak - PlatinumPlus Action Camera Accessory Kit - Black/Silver • Best Buy Education $23.99 1 $23.99
Woodsies Dowels 12"-1/4" 10/Pkg • Amazon $5.82 4 $23.28
Solidbonder Economy Hot Melt Glue Sticks 7/16" X 10" 90 Sticks 5 lbs bulk • Amazon $23.16 1 $23.16
Schwinn 5-in-1 Floor Pump • Amazon $22.66 1 $22.66
SE 7924LP Heavy-Duty Leather Hole Punch Tool, 2.0 - 4.5 mm • Amazon $7.18 3 $21.54
Farberware Classic 12-Inch Bamboo Skewers, 100 Count • Amazon $6.88 3 $20.64
GoPro - Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery - Black • Best Buy Education $19.99 1 $19.99
Wagner's 62059 Greatest Variety Blend, 16-Pound Bag • Amazon $19.98 1 $19.98
Magnets -Economy 1/2" Round Disc with Adhesive Backing~ 250 Pcs! • Amazon $9.98 2 $19.96
Fun Things to Do with Milk Jugs (10 Things to Do) • Amazon $19.85 1 $19.85
Hygloss 97100 Colored Craft Latex Gloves, Kids, Assorted Colors, 100-Pack • Amazon $19.11 1 $19.11
11" Latex Ruby Red Balloons (144 pcs) • Amazon $16.00 1 $16.00
Craft Wire Silver Plated Tarnish Resistant 24 Gauge 30 Yd • Amazon $7.95 2 $15.90
Rockin Beads Brand, 300 Basic Earring Silver Plated Fishhook with 18mm Ball and Coil with Open Loop 21 Gauge. 150 Pairs. • Amazon $7.49 2 $14.98
Soda-Pop Rockets: 20 Sensational Rockets to Make from Plastic Bottles • Amazon $14.77 1 $14.77
Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oce ans • Amazon $14.56 1 $14.56
Berwick Patriotic Star Curling Ribbon 3/8 in x 250 yards • Amazon $12.95 1 $12.95
Koch Industries Twisted Mason Line, #18 by 1000 Feet, Yellow, Tube • Amazon $10.04 1 $10.04
Candy Treat Bags 4"x10" with Twist Ties, Bag of 100 • Amazon $9.60 1 $9.60
Decora 700 Pieces Mixed Wiggly Googly Eyes with Self-adhesive DIY Scrapbooking Crafts Toy Accessories • Amazon $9.56 1 $9.56
Alliance X-treme File Rubber Bands, 0.125 x 7 Inches, Lime, 175 per 1 lb Box (02005) • Amazon $8.63 1 $8.63
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon $8.17 1 $8.17
The Bag Book: Over 500 Great Uses and Reuses for Paper, Plastic and Other Bags to Organize and Enhance Your Life (Lansky, Vicki) • Amazon $6.95 1 $6.95
Look What You Can Make With Plastic Containers • Amazon $6.25 1 $6.25

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