We are from a low-income, high-poverty district in Georgia. My students face readiness challenges in the classroom as well as numerous challenges at home and in the community. I teach high school biology, AP Biology, and Environmental Science, which opens a door for me to be able to teach students their biological origins and how they fit into the living world. As an educator dedicated to the thriving success of these students, it is my goal and duty to impart a sense of belonging and passion about the living world to my students through experience.
My students thrive when given numerous hands-on lab experiments as well as the opportunity to collaborate and think critically.
It is my hope that students will have an indelible love of science and the ability to cooperatively problem solve meshed together as one; they will learn to view thinking and scientific inquiry as a path to discovery of the world around them.
To meet the requirements of the AP Biology course, as well as perform supplementary biological inquiry investigations, students need a greenhouse to ensure successful growth of their plants. Have you ever felt the pride and excitement of watching something you grew and cared for yourself bloom and grow? My impoverished students would benefit from the opportunity to see how plants are genetically engineered, their life cycle, how they reproduce, how traits can be artificially selected, and how plants water loss due to the increased temperatures of climate change can have detrimental environmental effects. A number of lab investigations will be accomplished through the donation of this greenhouse, and students can even conduct their own inquiry investigation led by their scientific questions. Right now, with our current equipment of simple, single heat lamps, with bulbs we can no longer buy, we struggle to get plants to grow, and many of our students cannot participate in lab due to lack of a viable plant. This greenhouse ensures even temperature, moisture, and light distribution for maximum plant growth. No child will be disappointed!
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