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Mr. Tkacik from Curwensville PA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Keep Us STEM-ing

My students need a water pump, one River Tank Plant and Animal set to replenish those organisms that have died over the project's lifetime.

  • $272 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Although the years go by, my classroom continually reflects the consistent needs of 4th graders. Nearly half of my students receive free/reduced-price lunches. They are eager to please, yet know how to have fun. My students are my kids.

Our school is located in a severely economically depressed section of central Pennsylvania.

Given these limitations, our student body has consistently displayed itself as being a diamond in the rough. We perform at a supremely high level and were voted the best school district by our region's newspaper.

STEM education at our building is alive and growing. We aren't all talk when it comes to STEM, we put some sweat on it too.

My Project

I feel this project is important for two reasons. First of all, my students deserve it. As a former Wildlife Biologist turned teacher, I have been trained on the changes occurring in our backyards. I try to share as many of my personal experiences with my students in the class, but let's be frank, they should become their personal experiences too. This project will also add more equipment to my class to help my sensory-seeking kids to get more input. Sensory-seeking kids often get overshadowed by the "regulated" kids because the sensory-child requires more work. In my classroom, I strive to have each child feel like they are being heard and are safe. If a child does not feel safe and secure, then the frontal lobe area of their brain is shut off and learning cannot happen. The requested pump along with the river animal and plant aquarium sets will provide auditory, visual, and tactile input for all students, but benefit the sensory-child greatly.

These materials will be used to refurbish and replenish materials in two ongoing projects that have been highly fruitful for the students' learning and character building.

Additionally, these projects are enjoyed not only by my immediate classroom, but all of the students in the grade level.

Mr. Tkacik
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 80 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
River Tank Animal Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $69.75 1 $69.75
River Tank Plant Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $62.95 1 $62.95
Active Aqua Submersible Water Pump, 1000 GPH • Amazon Business $51.98 1 $51.98

Materials cost

$184.68

Vendor shipping charges

$13.27

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.77

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$230.72

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$40.72

Total project goal

$271.44

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$271.44

4 Donors

-$257.32

Donations toward project cost

-$230.72

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.60

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.12

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$0.00

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