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Ms. Castro from Camden NJ is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tending to the Community (Garden)

My students need gardening tools in order to tend to their community garden.

  • $756 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are change-makers. They are constantly inquiring and constantly inspiring. They truly love finding ways that science connects to their every day lives. Inquiry is their specialty, in and out of the classroom. In science class, these budding scientists love hands-on learning experiences and taking ownership for their learning.

My students advocate for what is right each and every day.

From debates about the ethics of HeLa cells to conversations about environmental racism to writing letters to children in Flint, Michigan, they are knee-deep in social justice. Now it is time to give them the means to advocate for their communities.

We are lucky to have technology resources for students, but our students would greatly benefit from greater access to tools and materials that will allow them to further explore their questions in a meaningful way. Your donations will help ensure our science program continues to thrive!

My Project

Our vision is to establish a student-run community garden for our school network. As of 2015, nearly 40 percent of the 77,000-plus residents of Camden live below the federal poverty line, and the city has only a single full-service supermarket. Many residents rely on the city’s 123 corner stores and bodegas for groceries, and according to classroom discussions, our students’ families primarily go to large stores like Walmart in neighboring towns for food. In addition to the documented food desert status of the city, Camden’s neighborhoods also lack safe green spaces for recreation and community events.

By building a community garden, we would not only be able to engage our students more directly in our life sciences and earth sciences curriculum, but we would also be able to engage and give back to our community.

Our students will be empowered to research, build, maintain, and harvest a school garden in order to address a social justice issue in their community. We need tools for our students to tend to our new raised bed garden. All crops raised in our garden will be donated back to our school community. Therefore, a successful garden will not only provide an outdoor research lab for our classes, but will also engage our students and serve our community for years to come!

Ms. Castro
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK17152538T Spading Fork Wood Handle Material 30 Handle Length Width of Tines 6-34 Length of Tines 10-12 • Grainger $32.46 4 $129.84
TK17152535T Steel Garden Trowel Corrosion Resistant Straight • Grainger $6.46 20 $129.20
TK17152537T Garden Spade30 In Handle6-34 In Blade • Grainger $28.20 4 $112.80
TK17152539T Knit Gloves HPPEPU Dipped Palm Material WhiteGray Glove Size M • Grainger $6.52 10 $65.20
TK17152536T Multi Plastic Preprinted Trigger Spray Bottle 24 oz. 5 PK • Grainger $11.76 4 $47.04
TK17152541T Knit Gloves HPPEPU Dipped Palm Material WhiteGray Glove Size S • Grainger $6.52 5 $32.60
TK17152540T Knit Gloves HPPEPU Dipped Palm Material WhiteGray Glove Size L • Grainger $6.52 5 $32.60

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