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Mrs. Manley from Pinson AL is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Special Scientists in a Growing Garden

Help me give my students the soil, seeds, and tools to rehabilitate our school garden and make it wheelchair-accessible along with books and activities to learn about gardening in our classroom.

  • $983 goal

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My Students

All children love to play, but for my 3rd, 4th and 5th graders with autism and other developmental disabilities, playtime is learning time, whether it happens in the gym, classroom, playground, or in our school garden. My students' favorite activities are going outside, building with LEGOs, playing "bookstore" with a cash register, and playing with Play-Doh.

Every day, our students are reading, writing, talking with their voices or their communication devices, and learning how to get along with one another.

They are eager to learn--they work hard and they play hard! Outside the classroom, the children are feeding birds, joining community events like the pumpkin patch or a baseball game, participating in Special Olympics, and gardening.

My Project

My special education students need a place to learn about the natural world with hands-on projects such as growing vegetables and flowers to attract pollinators, feeding birds and other wildlife, and observing the changes of the seasons. The school garden, neglected for several years, is the perfect place for us to learn while we rebuild an outdoor classroom that will benefit the entire school.

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade scientists don't let their disabilities slow them down!

They have already rebuilt one flower bed, planted pansies and bulbs, and installed bird feeders in the garden. Now we need resources to continue this exciting project. The garden soil will allow us to use beds that have been built but stand empty, while the addition of the raised planter will allow wheelchair users to garden independently. A butterfly kit will bring science to life this spring as we watch the life cycle of our caterpillars, and the books and science flipcharts will allow me to teach science lessons in the classroom and in the garden that students will participate in and remember for years.

Mrs. Manley
Grades 3-5
More than half of 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 15 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Compressed Organic Potting-Soil for Garden & Plants - Expands up to 7 Times When Mixed with Water - Nutrient Rich Plant Food Derived from Natural Coconut Coir & Worm Castings Fertilizer • Amazon Business $24.97 8 $199.76
NewPath Learning 7 Piece Science Readiness Flip Chart Set, Early Childhood • Amazon Business $164.89 1 $164.89
In the Vegetable Garden: My Nature Sticker Activity Book • Amazon Business $7.99 15 $119.85
Keter Urban Bloomer 22.4 Gallon Resin Plastic Wood Look Elevated Raised Patio Garden Flower Planter Bed, Graphite • Amazon Business $70.30 1 $70.30
Insect Lore Butterfly Garden Gift Set with Prepaid Voucher • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Osmocote Flower and Vegetable Smart-Release Plant Food, 4.5-Pound (Plant Fertilizer) • Amazon Business $16.48 2 $32.96
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly • Amazon Business $4.16 5 $20.80
Wiggling Worms at Work (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $5.99 3 $17.97
Seed Needs Milkweed Seed Collection (6 Individual Seed Packets) Open Pollinated Seeds • Amazon Business $17.50 1 $17.50
Garden Day! (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $4.99 3 $14.97
Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $3.99 3 $11.97
Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard (Backyard Bugs) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
Our School Garden! • Amazon Business $7.38 1 $7.38
It's Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden • Amazon Business $6.90 1 $6.90

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