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

Learning Water Stewardship

My students need three water quality testing kits, a box of trash bags and two boxes of lab gloves.

  • $473 goal

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I teach Environmental Science to 9th grade students. My public school is in one of the lowest-achieving districts in the country, and I teach at one of the three lowest achieving high schools in the district. 95% of our students are on free or reduced lunch, and almost 300 out of 400 ninth graders fail the ninth grade each year. My community is constantly in turmoil, but my school is striving to be a safe and rigorous learning environment.

My district is suffering severe budget cuts, especially in the science departments. However, labs in science are critical in a high school classroom, and there is absolutely no reason my students should not experience high quality labs simply because my school lacks adequate resources. This lab will be an extremely valuable experience so they can see how science really applies to their surroundings.

My students need three water quality testing kits so that they can learn about the chemicals and bacteria that contaminate their own water source through experience. The river that divides my students' community from the rest of the city is one of the most polluted water sources in this region, and my students will be able to gain great insight into how science actually applies to their own surroundings. I want them to think about the social justice issues that surround this water contamination, and so this activity will expand beyond the classroom - we will need the gloves and trash bags to actually clean up their environment. Not only will these resources teach my students the lab skills, critical thinking skills, and data analysis skills they need to compete at a college-level science course, this lab will also push them to think about problems facing our entire population. They will enter the rest of high school and college with a greater understanding and sense of responsibility regarding environmental issues.

Your help will ensure that my urban students are able to interact with their natural surroundings. They will also gain a sense of how precious our water resources actually are. Finally, you will help ensure that my students are experiencing science in the real world instead of just out of a textbook.

Ms. N.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HEFTY KITCHEN FRESH 13 GAL. TALL KITCHEN TRASH BAG, 40 COUN -- Hefty Cinch Sak Trash Bags; Tall Kitchen Fresh, 13 Gallon, 40/Box • Quill $12.59 1 $12.59
GLOVES, NITRILE M PK100 • Sargent-Welch $13.50 2 $27.00
Carolina 9 Factor Classroom Water Quality Test Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $94.50 3 $283.50

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