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Ms. Pierce from Richmond CA is requesting a class trip through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning and Living the Magic of the Mountains in Winter

Help me give my students a bus to attend three days and two nights of learning in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

  • $3,341 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

At my school, located in North Richmond, we believe in serving the whole child: academically, socially, and emotionally. My students are growing up in a neighborhood that has a rich history. Once an entirely African-American community, North Richmond is now majority Latino. North Richmond has experienced recurring trauma for generations, and each new student who arrives is the product of their own unique story.

Despite their life’s challenges, my students are curious, exuberant learners.

They crave and embrace new experiences that will enhance their knowledge and wisdom. My students are on a journey of growing their minds and hearts every day. At school, it can be difficult to experience exuberance and success on a daily basis.

A change of setting will provide an extremely rare opportunity for my students to experience the outdoors during winter, access rigorous academic content, and partake in this new adventure as a team.

My Project

We have the opportunity to take 40 students on a three-day, two-night outdoor adventure program to the Gateway Mountain Center, located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. On this trip, not only will my students assess the carbon sequestration capacity of local trees, snowshoe to a granitic dome on Donner Summit, and learn how the Sierra snowpack will likely be affected by climate change, but they will also do a solo hike, cook s’mores and do skits at the campfire, and reflect on their experiences.

This program emphasizes active learning in the outdoors that is cooperative, fun, and provocative--learning that simply cannot happen within the walls of the classroom or confines of the schoolyard.

Furthermore, my students will share this experience together--deepening their friendships and our class culture in ways that are not possible at school. This could be the only overnight trip some of my students ever attend. Imagine two students making snow angels for the first time. One, a third generation North Richmond resident, the other immigrated from Nicaragua two weeks ago. We grow when we step outside our comfort zones, and this opportunity will spark limitless growth in my students.

With extremely limited resources, we need all the financial support we can get to make this trip possible. Please consider donating and sharing our project with your networks. Your support will make a direct impact on the lives and futures of 40 children.

Ms. Pierce
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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37 donors37 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 40 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Component Company Total
Transportation Michael's Transportation Service Inc. $2,768.32

Trip cost

$2,768.32

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$41.52

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$2,839.84

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$501.15

Total project goal

$3,340.99

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$3,340.99

21 Donors

-$3,294.22

Donations toward project cost

-$2,839.84

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$454.38

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$46.77

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$0.00

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