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Mrs. Brown from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Case of the Curious Compost Crew

Help me give my students the garden trowels and hand cultivators they need to continue to explore composting and gardening.

  • $528 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My 130 6th grader earth science scholars are curious about the natural world and excited to learn new science concepts. The scholars love exploring the world around them and applying science concepts that we've studied in class to their new discoveries. Scholars come to class motivated to learn more and eager to share their new learning with their classmates. The classroom often buzzes with exclamations like “do we get to work in the garden today?” or “are we composting today?”

With your donation, my scholars will receive materials to support practical experiences in the field and will cultivate future geologists, agronomists, botanists, entomologists and environmental scientists.

95% of my scholars come from low income households where access to technology is often limited. With 40% of my scholars English Learners (EL) and 18% diverse learners, I would like to be able provide them with resources that allow them to successfully maintain our garden beds and composting program while applying science concepts.

My Project

Currently, we struggle with common gardening tasks completed by hand. These materials will enable scholars to make precise, scientific measurements and observations; plant and monitor the growth of new flowers, fruits, and vegetables in the spring; study various macro-organisms in the soil; collect, weigh, record and chop cafeteria waste for compost; weed the garden; and much more.

These tools will foster the curiosity and inquiry-based learning of my scholars.

It will also allow the scholars to maintain our school's community garden beds. Come spring and summer, the families in the community surrounding our school are welcome to harvest fruits, vegetables, and flowers from our garden.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK25124052T Hand Cultivator • Grainger $13.52 8 $108.16
TK25124051T Steel Garden Trowel Corrosion Resistant Straight • Grainger $6.46 16 $103.36
TK25124053T Round Point Shovel19Handle16 ga. • Grainger $17.36 5 $86.80
TK25124055T 7 Gauge Flat PVC Coated Gloves Glove Size S NaturalRust • Grainger $0.85 40 $34.00
TK25124054T Mechanical Hanging Scale Analog Linear Display 32kg70 lb. Capacity 500g1 lb. Graduations • Grainger $23.77 1 $23.77
Pocket Guide to Trees & Shrubs • AKJ Education $7.39 1 $7.39
Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Concise Wild Flower Guide • AKJ Education $3.99 1 $3.99
Concise Insect Guide • AKJ Education $3.99 1 $3.99

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