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Mrs. McIntosh from N Charleston SC is requesting a classroom visitor through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing Gullah Geechee Gurus

Help me give my students authentic and customized inquiry-based learning experiences in the heart of their own communities to celebrate their cultures, histories, and bright futures!

  • $1,230 goal

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My Students

N.C. High School is a Title I School located in the heart of a major city. Nearly 90% of Cougar Scholars use school transportation. Over 90% of students receive free/reduced lunch services. Neighborhoods include historic Liberty Hill: the oldest surviving neighborhood founded in 1871 by Ishmael Grant, Aaron Middleton, and Plenty & William Lecque to establish a settlement for freedman. Likewise, neighborhoods within our school's community continue to see violence and too many of our Cougar Scholars come to school with this trauma that negatively impacts learning. The Cougar Scholars are surrounded by a rich and historical Gullah/Geechee culture that many students rarely learn about in today's traditional classroom.

We are partnering with Chris and Akua with Geechee Experience, and our friends at the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center, to create an authentic, customized study of Gullah Geechee language and culture, from past to present.

This study will include interactive lessons, historical text readings, and how Gullah Geechee culture shaped the Lowcountry as we know it today.

Most importantly, the goal is to enlighten and empower students by instilling cultural pride and a respectful understanding for their ancestors' challenges and successes, shaping the Lowcountry that we know today.

My Project

The WHY:

The purpose of the project is to enrich and empower our Cougar Scholars to honor and celebrate their own rich cultures and histories with learning that in most meaningful to them.

The HOW:

Students will develop inquiry-based learning tasks that will result in text talks, class discussions, and a culminating field trip to the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston to finalize their inquiry-based identity research projects.


Chris Cato and Akua Page, Cultural/Linguistic Educators and co-founders of Geechee Experience, will provide our Cougar Scholars with the past and present history of Gullah Geechee culture and language through their customized course, Geechee 101.

Courtney Hicks, Outreach Assistant, Avery Research Center, will provide students with educational tours and access to research to assist them with their inquiry-based learning curiosities.

"The mission of the Avery Research Center is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with an emphasis on Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and beyond. Avery’s archival collections, museum exhibitions, and public programming reflect these diverse populations as well as the wider African Diaspora."

- Mission Statement, Avery Research Center

Mrs. McIntosh
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 25 students.

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Akua Page and Chris Cato, Geechee Experience $1,000.00

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