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Mrs. Quaranta from New Haven CT is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

From Students to Gardeners!

My students need gardening gloves, a rake, trowels, and a shovel to create a beautiful vegetable, fruit, and herb garden on the land in the back of our school!

  • $199 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Domus Academy accommodates up to 48 of the most struggling middle school students in New Haven. The youth have been removed from the local public middle schools and arrive with significant social, emotional, and academic challenges. This is their last option if they want to have a chance to improve their academic performance. Instead of the two hours of tutoring mandated by the State of Connecticut for kids in this situation, we provide a welcoming, nurturing, and dynamic academic program to help these kids learn the skills they need to transition successfully to high school, college, vocational training, or the skilled workforce.

To alter the projected path of our students, our school model calls for smaller class sizes, a longer school day, focused attention on reading skills through specially-trained English language arts teachers and a literacy consultant who trains these teachers, and school uniforms to level the playing field.

We also have family advocates who address the social and emotional issues that make it hard for these kids to show up at school ready to pay attention in class and learn.

My Project

Students will create their first ever garden! The students that attend Domus Academy do not have space at their own homes to have gardens, or if they do, it is not safe to be outside for prolonged periods of time. having their own gardens in school will allow them to feel the sense of pride once they have grown their own fruit and vegetables. My goal is for them to be able to take them home to their friends and family and share their bounty!

Students will be able to show that they have grown their food from seeds, what a magical experience!

Having the skills to grow their own food will positively impact our students in many ways. They will feel a sense of accomplishment that will leave them questioning what else can they do that they have never done before?!

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Mrs. Quaranta
Grades 6-8
  • Domus Academy
  • New Haven, CT
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fiskars 7978 Composite Trowel (Discontinued by Manufacturer) • Amazon $4.40 10 $44.00
HandMaster Bella Women's Gardening Thorn Glove, Medium • Amazon $7.58 5 $37.90
Eagle 1554300 Round Point Shovel with 47-Inch Wood Handle • Amazon $17.15 2 $34.30
Ames True Temper Greensweeper Poly Rake With 48-Inch Wood Handle 1920000 • Amazon $20.22 1 $20.22

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