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Ms. Abby from St. Albans NY is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory Garden for Students with Special Needs

Help me give my students metal pergolas, plant support trellises, garden whiskey barrels, and more to make an adapted garden!

  • $624 goal

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My Students

I am a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teacher in a school for children with special needs and abilities. The STEM curriculum is fully adapted to fit our students' needs. I use a multitude of differentiated visuals and hands-on experiments to engage the students in the program. Last year we created an outdoor classroom/garden for our students to experience nature and learn about different plants and insects.

Our school population consists of elementary-aged children who are diagnosed with multiple disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders.

My students are great, loving and work hard through many challenges.

My Project

Our students with specials needs love spending time in our school's adapted garden. This past year we began phase 1 of constructing our garden and would love to expand.

Creating an outdoor classroom/garden, where our students can learn and grow in a safe environment is very important to us.

It allows our students to experience vocational opportunities (working in the garden), student-to-student interaction, opportunities to practice communication skills, learn about things related to STEM (science, engineering,, technology, and math), and promote independence. With this project, we are hoping to create pergolas for shade and grow more fruit. The pots will be used to plant more vegetables to harvest during our summer session. Thank you for taking the time to check out my project!

Ms. Abby
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 32 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Metal Pergola Arbor,7.5 Feet Wide x 6.4 Feet High or 4.6 Feet Wide x 7.9 Feet High,Assemble Freely 2 Sizes,for Various Climbing Plant Wedding Garden Arch Bridal Party Decoration Wide Arbor • Amazon Business $26.88 4 $107.52
Tower Obelisk Garden Trellis Plant Support for Climbing Vines and Flowers Stands 6.3 Feet Tall,Black Green Lightweight Plant Tower • Amazon Business $25.99 4 $103.96
Classic Home and Garden 72 Whiskey Barrel, 15", Distressed Oak • Amazon Business $14.99 6 $89.94
Perfect Plants Kieffer Pear Tree Live Plant, Produces Fruit, 4-5', Includes Care Guide • Amazon Business $84.99 1 $84.99
Classic Home and Garden HD1-1027 Whiskey Barrel Planter, 20.5", Kentucky Walnut • Amazon Business $16.46 2 $32.92
Classic Home and Garden HD1-1027 DisOak Whiskey Barrel, 20.5", Distressed Oak • Amazon Business $16.46 2 $32.92
QUIKRETE 110110 Concrete Mix 10LB • Amazon Business $16.12 2 $32.24
Loctite Power Grab Express All Purpose Construction Adhesive, 7.5 Ounce Pressure Pack (2029847) • Amazon Business $8.28 1 $8.28

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