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Ms. Ash from Washington DC is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

My students need gardening supplies, including seed starting kits and tomato cages, with a pencil sharpener.

  • $353 goal

This project expired on April 24, 2014.

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My Students

Second period just ended! On Tuesday and Thursday that means enrichment time. All of our students participate in an extended day enrichment block two days a week. My kids are planning and planting a school garden.

This class is different.

It's not arranged based on reading level or special learning concerns. It's based on what you find interesting. Each teacher presents a topic they are interested in, and the students choose what project they want to learn about. This is one of the few times when our students who struggle the most share a class with the students who find school easy. We work together for a common purpose: to grow a garden. Many of the students who come in don't know where their food comes from. It's an urban high-needs school. For the most part, all they know about farms is from TV. There are not a lot of grocery stores near by in this "food desert" where my students and I live. Many of them don't have cars and are forced to buy food from corner stores without healthy options. This makes the garden club even more important because the students are able to eat what they grow.

My Project

We need materials to get our garden started. This has been a long, cold winter. My students are ready to get their hands in some dirt! Many of the plants that they have decided they want to grow do better when started indoors before being transplanted in the garden. We need gardening supplies to help make their dreams a reality. They've already planned out how they want the garden to look and what plants they would most like to try to grow. We had a generous donation of seeds to the classroom, now we just need something to plant them in! That's where you can help!

This is my second year with a school garden.

Last year, one of my students who would have preferred to live off of Hot Cheetos and Mountain Dew was in my garden club. The moment when she broke open a fresh watermelon from the garden and bit into it, her eyes lit up. She'd never realized fresh fruit was so sweet and juicy. She was hooked. She wanted to try everything in the garden. That's the impact of a school garden: kids hooked on healthy eating!

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

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Glamos 720500 12-Inch by 33-Inch Plant Support, Light Green, 10-Pack • Amazon $47.70 2 $95.40
Burpee Tomato Value Kit All-in-one 25-plant Greenhouse Kit • Amazon $25.00 2 $50.00
X-Acto School Pro Heavy-Duty Electric Sharpener (1670) • Amazon $32.99 1 $32.99
Planters Pride RZG0809 72 Cell Grower Starter Kit With Dome • Amazon $9.99 2 $19.98
Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix, 8-Quart • Amazon $4.99 4 $19.96
Miracle-Gro 1001501 All Purpose Liquid Plant Food Jug, 32-Ounce • Amazon $6.27 3 $18.81
Velcro Plant Ties 75 X 1/2-Inches, Green (90648) • Amazon $13.43 1 $13.43

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