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Ms. Crown Morris from Memphis TN is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Our Own Zen: Elementary School Peace Garden and Mural

Help me give my students an immersive experience to promote peace, mindfulness, curiosity and tolerance. We need paint, paint, and more paint to get started!! Please help us create some Zen in our school!

  • $2,258 goal

This project expired on January 26, 2020.

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My Students

We are a diverse school full of excited, inquisitive, and curious students. The school is comprised of over 900 students, ranging in ages from 4 to 11 years old. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some students are from the well-established neighborhood in which the school is nestled, while other students have moved into the community as immigrants or refugees. We have students from a wide swath of backgrounds including Mexican, Guatemalan, Syrian, Italian, and French.

As a result of the low socio-economic level of the area and the urban community in which our school is located, most of our students qualify for some sort of public assistance and we are a Title I school.

We also teach students with an array of learning disabilities, as well as physical disabilities. With all of our differences, we weave a single narrative throughout our school of unity. We come together as one to learn, play, explore, and create among both teachers and students.

My Project

For our project, our intention is to create a safe, relaxing, and calming area within our school courtyard for students to mindfully find peace and a place to refocus throughout the day. Many of our students come with an ACE's background (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and school is often a place where they find security and comfort. Our Peace Garden and Mural will not only beautify our school courtyard and playground, but create a functional space for students, teachers, and classes to enjoy nature. It will also be a space for children to sit and admire the collaborative works of art made by students, and find their center when needed.

We hope to instill a sense of community and value into our Peace Garden and Mural that will both nurture and foster positive growth, mindfulness, and tolerance.

Students will have a lot of ownership within this project as well. We will be working with a team of recommended 4th and 5th graders throughout this project, as well as any parent and teacher volunteers who are interested via the PTA. These muralists will assist with priming, sketching, and painting. Additionally they will aid in the decorating of the garden, including planting and caring for plants. Each step of the process is an opportunity to learn a new skill or hone a developing one. Our hope is that students will be proud of our work together and carry this experience, both the creation and the utilization, with them throughout their lives.

Ms. Crown Morris
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 900 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK33345813T Clear Paint Satin Finish 400 to 530 sq. Coverage Size 1 gal. • Grainger $85.85 4 $343.40
TK33345808T Semi-Gloss Exterior Paint Latex Base Yale 5 gal. • Grainger $342.30 1 $342.30
TK33345807T Semi-Gloss Exterior Paint Latex Base Vibrant Red 5 gal. • Grainger $342.30 1 $342.30
TK33345806T Semi-Gloss Exterior Paint Latex Base Ever Sunshine 5 gal. • Grainger $342.30 1 $342.30
TK33345805T Semi-Gloss Exterior Paint Water Base White 5 gal. • Grainger $165.81 1 $165.81
TK33345804T Mild to Moderate Primer with 155-520 sq.ftgal Coverage Flat White 5 gal. • Grainger $146.74 1 $146.74
TK33345809T Semi-Gloss Exterior Paint Water Base Black 1 gal. • Grainger $36.99 3 $110.97
TK33345812T Paint Bucket1 pt.Plastic • Grainger $2.91 10 $29.10
TK33345810T Paint Roller Cover Knit Fabric Cover Material 9 Length 34 Nap • Grainger $2.49 10 $24.90
TK33345811T Paint Tray2 qt.Polypropyln11-1932inL • Grainger $3.37 4 $13.48

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