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Ms. Diaz-Duran from Wilmington CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Magnetism, Weather and Plants . . . Oh My!

Help me give my students materials for science exploration, such as magnets, safety googles, eye droppers, sandpaper, rulers, rubber bands, plates, cups and more.

  • $363 goal

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My Students

I work at a Title I school where all students receive free breakfast, lunch, and many dinner, based on their families’ income. Although we are considered a high poverty school, we are also a high academic performing school. This is due in large part to the hard work of students, teachers, parents, and staff. In order to continue on this path to success, both students and teachers need the supplies essential to do so.

This being said, asking parents to donate items is not always feasible, so teachers rely on using their own money, or using what the school has to offer to fill classes with necessary and extracurricular materials.

Unfortunately, with budget cuts each year, money has to be spread thinly and we don’t always have the supplies needed.

This is where generous people like you can help. Any donation, big or small, can make a difference in a classroom like mine. Both my students and myself thank you in advance for your contribution to education.

My Project

Studies have shown that students learn best with manipulation of materials, and science is one of the areas that lend itself to full on exploration.

Kids are natural observers and full of curiosity, so I want to build on those innate abilities through the study of science.

Teaching at a school with almost all minority, low income, and second language learners, this exposure to the sciences is crucial. Many do not travel far from the city they live in, and do not get to experience science in the real world, so it is our job as teachers to make sure that they learn about it in school. In third grade one of the standards we teach children about is forces. I would like to do this through hands on experiments that not only let the students learn the material, but actually experience it and see it with their own eyes. Some of those exploration activities include building a slide out of cardboard and testing a variety of materials, such as foam, metal bottle caps, plastic buttons, and sandpaper to see how friction affects the speed, building paper bridges to see which design would support the most weight, exploring the force of pushing and pulling by building paper hoppers with rubberbands and seeing how the design affects the height it can jump, exploring the properties of ring magnets and the invisible force that affects them, as well as other exploration activities. I am positive that they will remember and learn from this kind of hands on science much more than they would from a book alone. We have already begun some exploration with the materials we have and the students love it. With your help I will be able to expand those learning opportunities to larger projects.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learning Resources Jumbo Magnifiers, Set of 6 • Amazon Business $22.99 2 $45.98
Crayola Colored Pencils 12 Each (Pack of 24), Pre-sharpened, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $35.36 1 $35.36
Pyramex S4110SMP Intruder Safety Glasses (12 Pack), Clear Lens with Assorted Temple Colors • Amazon Business $13.60 2 $27.20
Creative Hobbies 29 Piece Strong 1.25 Inch Round Ceramic Ferrite Ring Magnets, With 3/8" ID Center Hole x 3/16" thickness, Universal Use on Frigidaire’s, Bulletin Boards, Arts Science Project, Crafts • Amazon Business $11.90 2 $23.80
100 Sets 16 oz. Plastic CRYSTAL CLEAR Cups with Flat Lids [by COMFY PACKAGE] for Cold Drinks, Iced Coffee, Bubble Boba, Tea, Smoothie etc. • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
[100 COUNT] 9" in Round Disposable Plates - Natural Sugarcane Bagasse Bamboo Fibers Sturdy Nine Inch Compostable Eco Friendly Environmental Paper Plate Alternative 100% by-product Tree Plastic Free • Amazon Business $16.59 1 $16.59
Salare 20 PCS Pack Wood Ruler for School /Office /Student Wooden Measuring Ruler,  With 2 scale (12 Inch and 30 CM)  • Amazon Business $8.00 2 $16.00
Fibre Craft Foam-Sheets 5-1/2-Inch-by-8-1/2-Inch, 50-Pack, Rainbow Colors • Amazon Business $15.90 1 $15.90
100 Vintage and Vintage Inspired Bottle Caps Random Mix • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Rienar White 3ML Disposable Plastic Eye Dropper Set Transfer Graduated Pipettes (20 PCS) • Amazon Business $4.48 2 $8.96
Bememo 200 Pieces Pipe Cleaners Chenille Stems 6 mm x 12 Inch for Diy Art Craft, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
120 To 3000 Assorted Grit Sandpaper for Wood Furniture Finishing, Metal Sanding and Automotive Polishing, Dry or Wet Sanding, 9 x 3.6 Inch, 36-Sheet • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
700 PCS Assorted Mixed Color Resin Buttons 2 and 4 Holes Round Craft for Sewing DIY Crafts Children's Manual Button Painting,DIY Handmade Ornament • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Rubber Bands, Size 16, 2-1/2 x 1/16, 475 Bands/1/4lb Pack, Sold as 2 Package • Amazon Business $6.20 1 $6.20

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