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Mrs. Carnahan from Porter TX is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Planting The Success Of Future Biologists

My students need light fixtures with full-spectrum bulbs, plant growing supplies, and seeds in order to grow plants for Biology experiments.

  • $660 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are phenomenal. We have a very average mix of ability levels, but what stands out about our kids is their determination and grit. This tight knit group of kids is also extremely compassionate and generous. They worked hard last year organizing several supply drives and doing volunteer work to benefit their community.

They are inquisitive go-getters that are eager to be successful in life, despite any personal hardships they may have had to overcome.

Our school population is sixty-five percent economically disadvantaged and sixty-four percent are Hispanic. Although our area is technically a suburb of Houston, much of our district is still very rural and many of our students live in mobile homes and in flood prone areas. Our school is a unique program in the district and is still pretty new. The students take college classes while still in high school and are able to graduate at the end of four years with an Associate's degree. We have an extremely limited budget that provides for most basic supplies that we need; however, we frequently don't have money for enrichment supplies that really help connect the students with the concepts we teach.

My Project

What's the best way to learn about Biology? It's not by watching a video; it's by getting your hands dirty and doing experiments! There are several lab activities that we do throughout the year that require plants, such studying the nitrogen cycle, looking at the effects of acid rain, and understanding habitat disturbance and succession. However, the classroom fluorescent lights don't provide adequate light and we don't get enough sun from the window to be able to grown them. We also do not have an area outside where we can grow them that either has enough sun or is safe from getting knocked over or eaten by deer. Having this plant growing station in the classroom would allow us to grow the plants that we need in order to make these experiments a success.

The plants we need to grow for these lab activities are crucial to students' understanding of critical Biology topics and really help kids connect what they are learning to the real world science issues that we are dealing with today.

In addition, we would be able to utilize the plant growing station to grow food for our classroom animals, as well as starting seedlings for the outdoor butterfly habitat we are working on creating. This school year has been a rough one with a lot of change, in addition to having to deal with the difficulties that Harvey brought our area. We are working hard to provide the best learning environment and experiences for our students!

Mrs. Carnahan
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
GROWLAB II Compact Garden • Nasco $275.50 1 $275.50
Jump Start 4' T5 Grow Light System (Stand, Fixture & Tube) • Amazon Business $71.27 1 $71.27
Humidity Domes for Perma-Nest Plant Trays - 22 x 11 - Pack of 6 • Nasco $34.95 1 $34.95
Century Indoor 24-Hour Mechanical Outlet Timer, 3 Prong, 2-Pack • Amazon Business $11.49 2 $22.98
720 Cells Seedling Starter Trays for Seed Germination +5 Plant Labels (120, 6-cell Trays) • Amazon Business $16.13 1 $16.13
Truedays® 4" Plastic Flower Seedlings Nursery Pot/pots , 100 Pack • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Miracle-Gro 1001502 Liquid All Purpose Plant Food Concentrate, 12-4-8, 32-Ounce Bottle • Amazon Business $14.80 1 $14.80
1 Pound Bag of Clear Water Gel Beads Pearls for Vase Filler, Candles, Wedding Centerpiece, Home Decoration, Plants, Toys, Education. Makes 12 Gallons • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Miracle-Gro Quick Start Planting and Transplanting Starting Solution, 48-Ounce (Starter Plant Fertilizer) • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
David's Garden Seeds Wildflower Asclepias Milkweed Swamp White SL114 200 Open Pollinated Seeds • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
David's Garden Seeds Wildflower Asclepias Milkweed Carmine SV11T (Purple) 200 Open Pollinated Seeds • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
David's Garden Seeds Wildflower Asclepias Milkweed Tropical OS119FGR (Multi) 500 Open Pollinated Seeds • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

Materials cost

$491.94

Vendor shipping charges

$31.04

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.38

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$560.36

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$98.89

Total project goal

$659.25

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$659.25

3 Donors

-$284.68

Donations toward project cost

-$280.18

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$4.50

match offer

-$329.62

Match offer toward project cost

-$280.18

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$49.44

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$44.94

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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