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Ms. Komara from Harrisonburg VA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Muddy Fingers Garden Club

Help me give my students the chance to cultivate a connection with the land and an understanding of sustainable resource management by growing organic food in a raised bed garden.

  • $286 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I teach a very diverse group of 10-11-year-olds with over 12 nationalities represented. Many of my students go home to an empty house or take care of other siblings after school.

Because so many childrens' parents work long shifts the children are forced to eat fast or processed foods.

Over 45% of children in our school grades 3-5 are considered overweight by the government's standards. I would like to work with students to learn the importance of ecological literacy, caring for the earth while growing their own food, and what a healthy, balanced diet looks like.

My students are energetic, critical thinkers, that I want to help thrive in today's world with "21st-century skills".

My Project

I would like to design a school garden that will offer a place to enrich teaching efforts with powerful hands-on experiences, make learning come alive, and help children learn!

We will build a raised bed garden, start plants from seedlings, harvest, and hopefully motivate kids to eat and love fruits and vegetables.

Children who are familiar with growing their own food tend to eat more

fruits and vegetables (Bell & Dyment, 2008), and are more inclined to

continue healthy eating habits through adulthood (Morris & ZidenbergCherr, 2002).

Our school garden will serve as a “safe place” for students. Studies show that large numbers of students report “that they feel ‘calm,’ ‘safe,’ ‘happy,’and ‘relaxed’ while gardening!

Ms. Komara
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lifetime 60069 Raised Garden Bed Kit, 4 by 4 Feet, Pack of 3 • Amazon Business $149.88 1 $149.88
Scotts 72776430 Indoor Potting Mix, 6-Qt. -Quantity 8 • Amazon Business $11.95 3 $35.85
G & F Products JustForKids Kids Garden Tool Set Toy, Rake, Spade, Hoe and Leaf Rake, reduced size, 4-Piece • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Toysmith Kid's 3-Piece Garden Tool Set • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79

Materials cost

$209.47

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.14

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$242.61

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$42.81

Total project goal

$285.42

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$285.42

5 Donors

-$168.00

Donations toward project cost

-$142.80

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$25.20

match offer

-$117.42

Match offer toward project cost

-$99.81

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.61

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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