My students need three electronic balances to use in designing a program to address a citywide problem of waste in the form of plastic drink bottles.
I teach 10th grade biology in a large school district in an urban setting. Part of our school's mission is community service by way of a large-scale service learning project each spring.
Our entire school district is Title 1 funded because well over 70 percent of the students quality for a free lunch. Science-specific supplies are always a luxury, as a large part of the school budget buys basic supplies that students lack, such as paper, pencils, and calculators. Conducting meaningful, long-term service learning projects can be difficult without subject-specific supplies.
Several electronic balances will be used to measure plastic bottles that students collect from around the city as part of a service learning project which involves the design of a plan to reduce waste in the form of plastic drink bottles. Students here are greatly concerned about the environment in which they live, especially the growing waste problem. Recycling is also at the forefront of their thinking, and our city is far behind in its efforts to increase awareness and facilitate effective waste recycling in our neighborhoods.
The donation I'm requesting will provide equipment that is simple but necessary to collecting the data needed to design a viable, data-driven program which could be presented to our city council by our students in an effort to reduce waste and increase recycling programs.
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