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Ms. Hamilton from Los Angeles CA is requesting a class trip through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Gentle Barn: A Mission for Empathy and Education

Help me give my students an experience that will last them a lifetime! Sweet interactions with rescued animals, a delicious lunch, and transportation to get us there!

  • $1,122 goal

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My Students

The bell rings each morning, and our students converge from all over south Los Angeles. They bring so much with them - different backgrounds, diverse experiences, incredible histories, and a brilliant sense of humor with unique understandings of life.

It is this incredible mix of experiences that makes our student body so unique.

Teaching isn't the easiest profession in the world, but our students make every day worth it.

Unfortunately, many of our students have experienced trauma, discontinuity, or other events that have made life complicated for them. I'm always looking for ways to bring new experiences to them, and social-emotional learning is a major component in helping students to move forward and develop resilience.

My Project

This project is for a field trip to The Gentle Barn. The Gentle Barn will allow our students to develop a sense of appreciation for nature, while helping to foster empathy and compassion. Our students come from deep within the Los Angeles city limits, and have not spent much time in nature--many have never even seen a cow in person! I want them to have this opportunity.

I know with the right exposure and the right experiences, my students can develop invaluable skills that will someday transfer into a desire to uplift their own communities.

"Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.' " - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Help us to foster all of these skills with our scholars!

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

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Component Company Total
Activity The Gentle Barn $300.00
Food Animo Westside charter middle school $150.00
Transportation Mission School Transportation/Animo Westside CMS $460.00

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