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Ms. Lyman from Dallas TX is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Practicing Peace, Grace, and Courtesy at Lunch

My students need a portable dishwasher to sanitize dishes so that they can eat a peaceful daily lunch in our classroom instead of a hurried lunch in the cafeteria.

  • $580 goal

This project expired on January 2, 2011.

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My Students

We have 30 minutes to go through the lunch line, eat, and leave our school cafeteria before the next class sits down. We don't have time to practice good table manners or talk quietly. We need a portable dishwasher to meet sanitizing requirements so we can have a peaceful lunch in our classroom.

We are an exemplary magnet school with a Montessori curriculum.

Our children come from a wide range of circumstances, but they all enjoy sharing a good meal! Traditionally, Montessori preschool students eat lunch in a family atmosphere, placing their food on attractive plates and using metal utensils and cloth napkins, passing at least one shared item, and practicing good table manners and genteel conversation. Our district provides foam trays, plastic sporks, tiny paper napkins, and highly-packaged, processed foods. Our cafeteria tables and chairs are much larger than our little ones find comfortable, and the atmosphere is loud, rushed, and hectic.

My Project

We already do some food preparation as part of our daily work. If we could eat lunch in our classroom as well, a whole new world of possibilities would open for our class. Not only would we have the time to eat and practice conversation skills in a peaceful atmosphere, we would also be able to practice the exercises of practical life by setting the tables, cleaning the tables and floor after lunch, and hand-washing napkins, dishes, and utensils after the meal. We would also have the flexibility to expand our food preparation into some meal preparation activities. However, food safety regulations mandate that the dishes be sanitized, and the most efficient way to do that on a daily basis is to run them through a dishwasher after the children wash them. If we can fund a dishwasher, our class could share it with the class next door, which would also like to eat in the room rather than the cafeteria.

If you'd like to help fund a project that will increase children's self-confidence, oral language, self-help life skills, and open the door to increasing their awareness of good nutritional choices, this is a prime project to choose!

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

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This project will reach 44 students.

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APPLIANCE KITCHEN DISHWASHER 8473369 • Best Buy $449.99 1 $449.99

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