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Mrs. Balasubramanian from Oakland CA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Popcorn Fundraising Equals Science Supplies!

My students need a popcorn machine, popcorn, and popcorn scoop to help with fundraising for materials needed for science supplies and especially science fair projects.

  • $357 goal

This project expired on June 16, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I see at least three different classes a day for science. During this time, we spend time having scientific discussions, investigating different topics so that we have evidence to back up the claims we make in class. I would like to see my students to be able to complete scientific investigations.

Do you remember what it is like to do your science fair project?

Imagine being a student prepared to do your scientific investigation, but not having the materials to complete your project. Our school serves Hispanic and African-American population of urban students, of whom nearly ninety-nine percent receive free or reduced lunches. They come from poor and working class families. Although these students are not playing on a level field, they are still able to achieve academically, raise test scores, and have personal achievements. My objective is to have students to help able to raise the money they need so we are able to purchase materials needed for their project. Students should not be limited to items that are in their household (if they items are even there) to complete their project. All students should be able to branch out and explore their area of their interest. If a student is interested looking at alternative forms of energy they should be able to explore these topics.

My Project

With a new popcorn machine, scoop and popcorn supplies, it will give my students and me the resources we need to assure that they receive the material they need for scientific investigations. This will enable us to do activities within the classroom and allow students to have the materials they need outside of the classroom. Not only will the student use skills in science (once the items are purchased), they will be using math skills while fundraising for science materials. They will be counting, measuring and during the process be able to count to give back exact amount of change. Since we are trying to teach students to be leaders of tomorrow, one way to do this is to show them ways they can involve the community in order to get the things the need. They will learn to work simultaneously to achieve a common goal. I am hoping this process will lead students to understand the importance of service learning, and by helping themselves through fundraising will lead them to help others.

This project is important because it will help students earn what they need by putting in the work to help each other.

Teachers at our school invest time, resources and much of their own money for the students and we want to be able to teach students how to do things that will help them to be productive citizens in their community. If we have this fundraising system in place, we will not have to scramble year after year to get students what they need.

Mrs. Balasubramanian
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 212 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MaxiMatic EPM-200B Elite Deluxe Popcorn Popper Machine with Trolley, 8-Ounce, Black • Amazon $179.98 1 $179.98
Great Northern Popcorn, 8-Ounce Portion Packs (Pack of 24) • Amazon $32.31 1 $32.31
Paragon Stainless Steel Popcorn Scoop • Amazon $17.45 1 $17.45
Gold Medal Prod. 2095MC Popcorn Kettle Cleaner 1lb. 15oz. • Amazon $16.99 1 $16.99

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