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Ms. Carlson
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 10 donors
  • $0 still needed

Help Us Grow!

My students need the supplies like soil, seeds, gloves, and a utility cart to get our learning garden growing!

My Students

I teach at a Title I elementary school located in a community that has little experience and opportunities to garden. For this reason, we will use our school garden as a hands-on tool for not only science and nutrition education, but also incorporating reading and math standards.

I recently attended a two-day Captain Planet workshop where I learned about the benefits and steps to creating a Learning Garden in schools.

This workshop taught me how to begin and maintain a garden and how to incorporate it in reading and math standards at every grade level. My school has rain barrels, raised beds and a greenhouse. Many of my students have never planted a seed before or experienced the joy of eating something right off a plant that they grew. My hope is that students will acquire some basic gardening knowledge, learn about and appreciate where food comes from, and make healthier food choices for the rest of their lives.

My Project

My students need the supplies like soil, seeds, gloves, and a utility cart to get our learning garden growing! By growing vegetables, our children will better understand where their food comes from and gain more positive food attitudes. Participating in the school garden will help students to build leadership skills, learn to work together, and increase their self-confidence through ownership of a project and collaboration with other students. This garden will also be designed at a learning garden. For example, the paved stones will be painted as fractions for second grade students learning about fractions. The raised beds will be built in various shapes (rectangle, pentagon, triangle, trapezoid) for first graders learning about shapes. The rectangular gardens will be partitioned into arrays for third graders learning about multiplication. One of the raised beds will be a Three Sisters garden (corn, beans, and squash) like Native Americans did many years ago. This is just a brief overview of the plans I have for our school garden.

This is a project that I am extremely passionate about, but I know that it cannot happen without the support of donors.

I have a detailed plan laid out waiting to be executed. The only thing missing is the soil, seeds and tools to begin planting. I recognize that this is a very large undertaking, but know that the rewards will be incredible. In the end, I would love to be able to send the fresh produce home with my students that come from low-income homes to prepare and serve for their family.

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Farm & Ranch FR110-2 Steel Utility Cart with Removable Folding Sides and 10-Inch Pneumatic Tires, 400-Pound Capacity, 34-Inches by 18-Inches, Green Finish • Amazon $89.99 1 $89.99
G & F 1823-3 "Just For Kids" Soft Jersey Kids Gloves, 3 Pairs Green/Red/Blue per Pack, Kids Size • Amazon $8.47 9 $76.23
12 Heirloom Varieties of Vegetable Seeds • Amazon $15.95 3 $47.85
Toysmith Kid's Big Tool Set • Amazon $23.71 2 $47.42
Angela's Garden 3-Piece Children's Garden Tool Set • Amazon $14.84 3 $44.52
Miracle-Gro 73452300 Garden Soil for Flowers and Vegetables Mix Bag, 2- Cubic-Feet • Amazon $7.97 5 $39.85
Jiffy 5718 Professional Greenhouse 50-Plant Starter Kit • Amazon $8.92 3 $26.76
Michigan Peat 1225 Baccto Premium Potting Soil, 25-Pound • Amazon $4.99 5 $24.95
"Cooks and Gardeners" Edible Flowers to Grow and Eat 10 Seed Packets By Botanical Interests in Gift Box • Amazon $24.95 1 $24.95
Miracle-Gro 75078500 Seed Starting Potting Mix Bag, 8-Quart • Amazon $4.24 3 $12.72
Ferry Morse My Favorite Flower Garden • Amazon $9.35 1 $9.35
New 30 of 4" Inch Plastic Pots for Plants, Cuttings & Seedlings Azalea Pots - Quantity of 30 • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99

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This project will reach 600 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Kia Motors America and 9 other donors.

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