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Ms. Harker from Mount Angel OR is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Raising Awareness, One Student at a Time

Help me give my students reusable cutlery/straw kits so we can plan a zero waste lunch the day of their plastic pollution service project, and to encourage them to continue on their plastic reduction journey in the future.

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My Students

We are a Title I school which means over forty percent of our three hundred students are low income. Our school boundary covers a large rural area outside of a small town amidst beautiful farm country. Many of our students help their parents work the farm, whether their families own the farm, or whether they help their parents work over the summer. About one third of our students are Russian, and observe many traditional holidays throughout the year. Another one fifth are Hispanic.

My 6th - 8th grade science students have been actively engaged in service projects to raise awareness in our school and community about plastic pollution, and its solutions.

Many of them are inspired to reduce their own use of single-use plastics, but cannot afford to purchase the reusable items to get them started. Their passion and enthusiasm for making a difference in their own lives, and in their community has been galvanizing!

My Project

My students have learned extensively about plastic pollution. They have raised public awareness through student-designed projects (e.g. led activities for younger students, designed engineering solutions, wrote letters, created websites, posters, videos, art, and a storybook). Each class is designing their own field trip to a spot in our local community to clean up trash, paint storm drains, and use what they find to make recommendations to the park, city, businesses for improvements to stop litter (e.g. install recycle bins, talk to local businesses about switching to paper). Each student is empowered and aware, and would like to reduce their own use of disposable plastics. I would like to help my students go more green by giving each of them a reusable cutlery/metal straw kit so we can plan a zero plastic waste lunch on the day of their service project, and further encourage them to continue their own waste reduction journey!

Our school also has a Green Team that has worked hard to reduce waste at our school, including switching our cafeteria to reusable trays and utensils, installing a water bottle filling station, implementing a composting program in our cafeteria, and planting native plants to attract pollinators in our school garden.

Each month we recognize students who exemplify environmental excellence with our Green Team award. We would like to give out two reusable cutlery/straw kits each month with these awards so we can also reach students in the K - 5 grades at our school. Many of the younger grades have also become aware of plastic pollution through the efforts of my 6th - 8th graders, and these monthly awards encourage them to be good environmental citizens.

Ms. Harker
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
3 Sets Bamboo Cutlery Set Bamboo Travel Utensils Reusable Flatware Utensils Fork Knife Spoon Cleaning Brush Straw with Carrying Case for Picnic School Office (Black, Blue, Red) • Amazon Business $14.99 21 $314.79
3 Sets Bamboo Cutlery Set Bamboo Travel Utensils Reusable Flatware Utensils Fork Knife Spoon Cleaning Brush Straw with Carrying Case for Picnic School Office (Black, Blue, Green) • Amazon Business $14.99 21 $314.79

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