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Mrs. Delgado from San Diego CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing Minds

My students need planter boxes, seeds and soil to start a school garden.

  • $641 goal

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My Students

My students are a diverse group of children who are inquisitive, passionate about learning, and motivated to succeed. They come to school every day excited about learning. They are also very proud of their accomplishments.

I teach in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Diego.

One hundred percent of my students receive free breakfast and lunch. Many of my students are English language learners. However, they make great progress every year. Every spring, my school has a heart-warming celebration to honor those children who have become fluent English speakers. Parents decorate the auditorium, students give moving speeches, prominent people of San Diego say some motivating words, and there is never a dry eye in the audience.

My Project

This project will give my students hands-on lessons in life science concepts. In our urban neighborhood, there are few plants and trees, and at our school in particular, most ground surfaces are concrete. In order to grow anything, we will need to use planter boxes. Students will use the soil, seeds and planter boxes from this project to create a fourth grade garden that we hope will be the beginnings of a school wide garden.

Students will be responsible for designing the garden, planting the seeds, tending to their crops and of course tasting the fruits of their labor.

While our crops are growing, students will be able to study the importance of insects in the plant life cycle. Students will be inspired to to learn more about insects and their crucial role in the environment. They will also harvest the crops and share them with families to encourage healthy eating at home. In addition, we hope to use the garden to learn how to cook healthy recipes that students can take home and share with their families.

Students will also use the garden as inspiration to write. We will write poetry. The garden will also help the students learn how to use descriptive writing in their fictional narratives. In addition, the garden will be a spring board for all kinds of research to write informative pieces.

Mrs. Delgado
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hydrofarm GCTR Tomato Trellis Garden on Wheels • Amazon Business $54.99 2 $109.98
EMSCO Easy Picker Raised Bed Grow Box – With 30" Stand, 4 Casters, and Supply Storage Grate – Self-Watering • Amazon Business $54.99 2 $109.98
FoxFarm FX14053 12-Quart Ocean Forest Organic Potting Soil • Amazon Business $15.89 6 $95.34
Geopot GEO-POTATO Potato Bag with Handles • Amazon Business $21.71 2 $43.42
Nature's Care Organic Incredible Expanding Planting Mix 0.33CF (expands up to 1 cubic foot) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Vremi Heavy Duty Gardening Gloves for Men and Women - 3 Pack Small Size Bamboo Nitrile Coated Thorn Proof Indoor and Outdoor Garden Gloves for Vegetable Roses or Flower Gardens - Blue Green and Red • Amazon Business $9.49 2 $18.98
Gardener's Select AW3003P6LZ Watering Can, Lemon Yellow, 3.5 L • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Assortment of 12 Culinary Herb Seeds - Non-GMO - Grow Cooking Herbs- Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sage, More • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Small Metal Watering Can (Colors May Vary) • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
Seeds of Change Certified Organic Basil, Genovese - 300 milligrams, 125 Seeds Pack • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Seeds of Change 01186 Certified Organic Tomato, Brandywine • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Seeds of Change 05800 Certified Organic Squash, Dark Star Zucchini • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
Seeds of Change Certified Organic Tomato, Red Cherry - 100 milligrams, 25 Seeds Pack • Amazon Business $3.04 1 $3.04
Seeds of Change Certified Organic Carrot, Garden - 700 milligrams, 400 Seeds Pack • Amazon Business $2.59 1 $2.59

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