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Mrs. Yates from De Soto IL is requesting instructional technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

School Garden to Teach Financial Literacy

Help me give my students hoses and landscape fabric for the school garden to begin vegetable production.

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My Students

I am a full-time teacher in the REACH program, which is a self-contained special education program that currently has six students. The REACH program is an intensive, specialized program that is focused on increasing student learning, engagement and behavior using a multi-sensory, multi-faceted approach. The focus of the classroom is reading and mathematics along with social skills and self-advocacy.

My position is unique and I am very fortunate because I have been teaching the same group of students for three years now.

This allows me to know and understand my students' needs very well. I am able to see their academic, behavior and social gains and they have made so much progress! I have taken a group of multi-age, multi-grade students and fostered a classroom culture that encourages acceptance, fosters independence, develops friendships and creates a love for learning.

My students love to learn with hands-on approaches, using manipulatives to demonstrate understanding. They love to use high-interest readers to learn about topics.

My Project

My school is located in a rural farming community in the heart of Southern Illinois. Our current school enrollment is 225 students, pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, with one classroom teacher per grade level. Our small school size helps increase our ability to engage students in community-based learning opportunities such as a school garden. The students who attend this school are exposed to agriculture every day, from the corn and soybean fields that surround our area to the local farmers’ market.

Agriculture is a major part of life in Southern Illinois, and in our school, many students have a relative in the agriculture industry.

In our area, seeing a tractor on the highway is a common occurrence. We want to enhance our current school garden to increase awareness of agriculture and engage students with hands-on learning opportunities outside of the general classroom. To do this, we need to reestablish the current school garden we have. Right now, it is a weedy area that has four raised beds. This project will help us beautify the area to increase student usage. We will use the weed barrier to line the raised beds and heavily mulch the area. We will use the soaker hoses to help the students with consistent watering techniques.

Mrs. Yates
Grades 6-8

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Swan Products MGSPAK38100CC Miracle-GRO Soaker System Customizable Hose with Push on Fittings, 100' x 3/8", Black • Amazon Business $29.99 4 $119.96
ECOgardener Premium 5oz Pro Garden Weed Barrier Landscape Fabric Durable & Heavy-Duty Weed Block Gardening Mat, Easy Setup & Superior Weed Control, Eco-Friendly & Convenient Design, 4ft x 100ft • Amazon Business $53.99 2 $107.98
No-Leaks Pressure Washer Garden Hose Quick Connect Set , 6 Male Connects + 2 Female Connects • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99

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