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Ms. Levin from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help! Our Garden Is a Jungle

Help me give my students bypass pruners, lawn and shrub rakes so that they can maintain the new fruit trees and landscaping in our school garden.

  • $280 goal

This project expired on March 24, 2019.

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My Students

My middle school students live in a large urban district where over 85% come from economically disadvantaged households. I teach health, science and horticulture to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. They come from culturally diverse backgrounds and reside in different parts of the city. Every morning, many students gather in my classroom to share experiences from the day before and plan for the new day.

Our school really feels like a village, where staff and students share their different experiences as we build community.

We have different zip codes, different languages, different celebrations and foods that make our school unique. We celebrate our diversity and the ways in which we are all the same.

My Project

Our school has a large agriculture area that has been largely ignored for years. Trees and shrubs have grown wild, without proper pruning or care. This year, my horticulture students have been working with an arborist to learn about proper tree maintenance. In addition, they've planted enough fruit trees to create a small orchard. My students are excited to prune the trees and monitor new growth but we only have one pair of pruning sheers.

With additional bypass and stem pruners, my students can work in groups to give each tree the proper care and monitoring it needs.

My goal is to create student groups and have them choose a young fruit tree along with older shrubs and trees to be under their care. With direction of an arborist, they will learn how to properly prune the plants in their area and monitor new growth. Each group needs a bypass and stem pruner to work on their plants. Students will use the lawn and shrub rakes to gather up clippings and leaves for composting and mulch.

Learning how to grow food and maintain a garden is a hands-on and sometimes strenuous endeavor. With proper tools, my students will literally enjoy the fruits of their labor and take home the skills and knowledge needed to create gardens in their own spaces. They'll be able to showcase their work during parent and community events and be proud of the garden area.

Ms. Levin
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK23708895T Bypass PrunerButton3-3564 Blade L • Grainger $19.30 4 $77.20
TK23708896T Pruner2 In.LSteel2 In. Capacity • Grainger $10.08 4 $40.32
TK23708897T Lawn Rake 10-34 in. Tine Length • Grainger $10.36 3 $31.08
TK23708898T Shrub RakePolypropylene42 in.Straight • Grainger $7.74 3 $23.22

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