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Mrs. Mbaeri from Chester PA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

If You Build It They Will Come

My students need a Gardening Tool Set, Garden Hand Tools, 2 Seed Starter Kits, 2 other seed types and 2 Butterflies in the Classroom Kits.

  • $474 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

“If You Build It They Will Come” One year ago in a very small inner city school, there was a class of remedial students that decided to create a vegetable garden. They were naturally skeptical, their city not only had limited opportunities to grow fresh produce it did not have a grocery store where that produce would be available. Through their scientific study of plants they started with a small classroom greenroom, and carefully followed the plant care guidelines they investigated. The group learned the parts of each plant, and what a plant needs to survive, but mainly that they were capable of creating something that seemed out of reach. After summer vacation when the plants were harvested, they were amazed with what they had done. They were able to enjoy the seeds from their sunflowers, pick and eat the baby corn, tomatoes, and lima beans produced, and collect the seeds from the one 12 pound pumpkin they grew.

In the spring of 2010, three first grade classes will take on the similar challenge of creating their own butterfly garden. With this project the students will not only investigate plant care and anatomy, but find the plants needed to attract and feed a number of local caterpillars and butterflies. This learning opportunity will make it possible for our students to investigate the needs and anatomy of the plants chosen as well as those of the insects that will live in our garden. Through their efforts they will also create something beautiful for their community.

Our school’s mission is to develop urban elementary students with the behaviors, task commitment, and creativity needed to become successful adults. To help fulfill our mission, we have chosen to enhance our Foss Plants and Insect units with the creation of our Butterfly Garden. This project will give our students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of science, through hands on development and care of plants and insects. It is our hope that once we have completed this project, our students will have the horticultural skills needed to contribute to the rebuilding of their city.

With your donations, we will be able care for and maintain our school's garden space. Our students will use the supplies provide to start seeds, plant them outdoors, and care for our garden bed. Through your support, we will give our students the learning experience of a lifetime!

Mrs. Mbaeri
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Seed Starter Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $16.43 2 $32.86
GARDEN HAND TOOLS 3/ST • Sargent-Welch $15.26 2 $30.52
Gardening Tool Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $145.08 1 $145.08
Brassica rapa AstroPlants Seed Pack of 50 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $9.68 1 $9.68
Seed Sunflower Pack of 60 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $0.95 1 $0.95
Butterflies in the Classroom Kit with prepaid coupon • Carolina Biological Supply Company $51.98 2 $103.96

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