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Mr. Nickolas from Oakland CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Grow Our Ancestral Foods Garden

Help me give my students the essential tools to grow their garden, work collaboratively and see their vision come to life!

  • $735 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I'm blessed to work with students that come from such special places all over the world. They carry so much knowledge, experience and their all ancestors with them. At the same time, because of current and historical traumas, this also means my students have been displaced from their ancestral homes.

My students are so excited to reconnect with the land, their food, and most importantly, themselves, through the school garden.

At a time in their life of great transition; physically, emotionally and educationally, being able to reconnect a strong sense of self, place, and purpose, will be something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

My Project

Our ancestral food garden will provide a safe space for students to learn, share, and reconnect with themselves. By growing the food of their ancestors, they will be able to strengthen their relationship with the seeds, soils and their own bodies. Whether it is growing corn to make tamales or cassava for fufu, the hope of this garden is for students to see themselves in what they grown. The garden will also bring in their family members share their knowledge and cook their traditional foods for students.

Whether it's turning compost, shoveling soil, planting trees, or building new garden beds, these tools allow us to create the garden we've imagined.

So often, school gardens are either filled with unnecessary tools or ones that are flimsy and end up breaking halfway through the year. As a school in need of basic garden tools, we want to make sure that we get the tools that will last for years to come. We also want to make sure that there are enough so whole classes can work all in the garden at the same time. We have made sure that no dollar is wasted and everything we are asking for is fundamental for any school garden.

If we are able to meet our goal, the only thing left will be our hard work! This will truly bring the whole classroom to the garden!

Mr. Nickolas
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dewalt DCD771C2 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2 inch Compact Drill Driver Kit • Amazon Business $99.00 1 $99.00
Leather Work Gloves with Adjustable Wrist, Small (Wells Lamont 1132S) • Amazon Business $14.55 5 $72.75
Bully Tools 82525 14 Ga. Square Point Shovel. Fiberglass Long Handle. • Amazon Business $34.95 2 $69.90
Bully Tools 92309 12-Gauge 16-Inch Bow Rake with Fiberglass Handle and 16 Steel Tines, 58-Inch • Amazon Business $33.35 2 $66.70
OZERO Work Gloves for Men and Women Genuine Cowhide Leather Glove with Adjustable Wrist for Garden Working, Wood Cutting, Construction, Gardening 1 Pair Medium • Amazon Business $12.80 5 $64.00
100 ft Expandable Garden Hose,Leakproof Lightweight Garden Water Hose with Solid Brass Fittings,Extra Strength 3750D Durable Gardening Flexible Hose,Expanding Garden Hoses Spray Nozzle • Amazon Business $43.99 1 $43.99
The Ames Companies,Inc 2812300 True Temper 5-Tine Manure Fork • Amazon Business $31.81 1 $31.81
Tidy Tools Large 24'' Multi-Surface Push Broom with Alloy Handle • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
DEWALT Screwdriver Bit Set, Impact Ready, FlexTorq, 40-Piece (DWA2T40IR) • Amazon Business $23.00 1 $23.00
Fiskars 91095935J Steel Bypass Pruning Shears • Amazon Business $10.98 2 $21.96
SUNNY GUARD 12' x 12' x 12' Sand Triangle Sun Shade Sail UV Block for Outdoor Patio Garden • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99

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