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Ms. Rock-O'Hara from Nashua NH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Our Soil Great Again!

Help me give my students the materials they need to investigate alternative ways to grow food (hydroponics) and to reclaim the soil around our school in order to make it more suitable for growing (perma-culture using mushrooms).

  • $565 goal

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My Students

Students are natural scientists—born with a curiosity that fuels learning. Hands-on science means better engagement, deeper understanding, and greater student achievement. With many of my students having little or no experience with growing their own food, having experimental gardens readily available at our school helps make science more relevant and engaging.

My seventh and 8th grade science classes are filled with students from varied racial and economic backgrounds.

We are an inner-city public school with just over half of our students receiving free/reduced-price lunch. A lot of my students come from some pretty tough home situations. Many do not have yards, never mind gardens. Our district is continually facing tough budget years and the middle schools, in particular, take the biggest cuts.

My Project

Part of our project would include students investigating alternative methods to grow food, such as hydroponics. Using the desktop set-up as a model, they would then design and build larger outdoor structures that would allow for continuous water flow, solar-powered light sources, and geothermal heat.

Using mushrooms, students would investigate ways to reclaim the soil in our courtyards in order to make them suitable once again for growing food.

They would look into Perma-culture methods, such as using certain mushrooms that metabolize heavy metals and turn it into an inert substance.

Students would also look at redesigning our existing greenhouse and making it work better year-round. Upon completing this project, students would look at ways that these different methods might be applied in the community, both in business and residential settings.

Ms. Rock-O'Hara
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AquaSprouts Complete Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $211.45 1 $211.45
Visual Desktop Hydroponics Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $89.77 1 $89.77
Mushrooms in Nature Kits, Shiitake • Carolina Biological Supply Company $51.07 1 $51.07
Mushrooms in Nature Kit, Gray Oyster • Carolina Biological Supply Company $51.07 1 $51.07

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