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Ms. W. from Urbana IL is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sunshine, Monarchs, & Art: Sustainable Outdoor Classroom

My students need materials to create an outdoor classroom. The rain barrel will help with our issue of having no outdoor spigot near the site at the school.

  • $802 goal

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My Students

I teach art at a public high school in a midwest university town. At my school I teach all of the Art 1 and Digital Art classes as well as some Art 2 classes. This amounts to approximately 250 students per school year.

Our school has 1100 students with 61% coming from low income households; the student body is very diverse with more than 30 primary languages.

I love when students love to be in the art room. I try to encourage everyone to create regardless of their skill level or artistic (or lack there of) self identification.

My Project

This proposal asks for funds to create an outdoor classroom planned and created by students. This classroom will be built after a curricular unit on landscape architecture. While the plants and some of the materials will be paid for from an external grant, our students still need gloves, hats for sun protection, pruners, and some materials to build the patio itself. The hose, nozzle, and water collection barrel will be used for watering. The outdoor space will include a patio used to teach raku clay firing, seating for observational drawing and plain air landscape painting. The space can also be used as a studio to photograph artwork when cloudy conditions avail themselves. The classroom will be a patio surrounded by herbs and native plants. We intend to register our space as a “Monarch Waystation." While the inaugural project will be implemented by our 55 Art 2 students, this outdoor classroom will be utilized by every student who enrolls in an art class in future semesters. At a clip of approximately 200 hundred students a year this project will touch the lives of 1000 people within the first 5 years.

The goal is to create a space that could last at least 50 years.

If funded, this project will touch the lives of thousands of students.

Ms. W.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sun Blocker Women's Sun Hat Large Brim Beach Travel Fishing Hat with Neck Flap, White, One Size • Amazon Business $12.89 10 $128.90
Boonie Brim Neck Cover Fishing Flap Cap • Amazon Business $9.29 10 $92.90
PrecisionPRO Titanium Pruning Shears - Best Bypass Pruner Garden Shears,Tree Trimmer - Ideal Shrub Plant Scissors & Rose Cutter Razor Sharp Hand Secateurs Ergonomic Gardening Tool for Effortless Cuts • Amazon Business $29.55 3 $88.65
Corona AL 8442 High-Performance Orchard Lopper, 26-Inch • Amazon Business $53.96 1 $53.96
Play Sand - bag of sand, fine sand, 20 LBS • Amazon Business $24.95 2 $49.90
Felco F-2 Classic Manual Hand Pruner • Amazon Business $49.18 1 $49.18
Leather Work Gloves - Split Leather Design - Heavy Duty Industrial Safety Gloves - Fits Both Men & Women - All-Season (Summer/Winter) - Perfect for Mechanics, Welding, Gardening, Driving, and More! • Amazon Business $8.99 4 $35.96
Gilmour Farm & Ranch Hose 5/8 Inch x 90 Feet • Amazon Business $35.38 1 $35.38
YARDGARD 308494B 2 Foot X 150 foot 2 Inch Mesh Poultry Netting • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Atlas 370 Garden Glove 4 Pack (Large, purple pink periwinkle green) • Amazon Business $20.95 1 $20.95
Garden Hose Nozzle / Hand Sprayer - Heavy Duty 10 Pattern Metal Watering Nozzle - High Pressure - Pistol Grip Front Trigger - Flow Control Setting Knob - Suitable for Car Wash, Cleaning, Watering Lawn and Garden - Ideal for Washing Dogs & Pets • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Atlas 370 Garden Glove 4 Pack (Medium, purple pink periwinkle green) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Atlas 370 Garden Glove 4 Pack (small, orange, green,pink,purple) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95

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