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Mrs. Chamberlain Engel from Hayward CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Little Things: A Kitchen Story, Part VI

My students need the little things—tongs, rubber scrapers, ice cream scoopers, cooling racks, heavy skillets, large ziplock bags, and a room fan—that make a kitchen hum.

  • $404 goal

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My Students

My 7th and 8th grade students are an energetic bunch of teens who love to socialize and have fun. Our Title I middle school is located in a high-poverty, working-class neighborhood. About 60% of our student body receives free or reduced-price lunch, and many of them speak English as a second language. You wouldn't know from their cheerful demeanors or fun-loving personalities, but many of them have already experienced trauma, disruption, and loss in their lives.

This year, we are attempting a reboot of Home Economics after a 21-year absence—my students love it and are getting tons of practice not only with valuable living skills but also with soft skills such as collaboration and communication!

My Project

Once upon a time, our middle schoolers learned how to cook during the school day. Then the Big Bad No Child Left Behind Wolf came to town and huffed and puffed and blew Home Economics away.

For too many years, our school has had an empty, forlorn kitchen, where dust, grime, and debris ruled the day.

Slowly but surely, we are rebuilding our kitchen classroom and relaunching Home Economics. We want our kitchen to last a long time: we want bricks, not straw or sticks! We're getting close, but we're still missing a few little things like tongs, ice cream scoopers, spatulas, cooling racks, and heavy-duty skillets. When you need these items and you don't have them, it's hard to cook effectively in a one-hour class period. We need the fan because, well, sometimes despite our best efforts, we have smoke problems and need to ventilate the room to keep us all safe from the fumes. These little extras would make our kitchen a better—and more efficient—place.

Can you please help Home Economics, our favorite class, live happily ever after?

Mrs. Chamberlain Engel
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cuisinart 622-30G Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet with Glass Cover • Amazon Business $30.96 3 $92.88
B-Air FIRTANA-20X 20" Multi Purpose High Velocity Floor Fan • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Vhabob Kitchen Tongs, Set of 3 - 7, 9, 12 Inch, Stainless Steel Food Tongs With Silicone Tips for Barbecue, Salad, Grilling, Frying, Cooking(Red, Blue, Green) • Amazon Business $9.84 4 $39.36
10" Silicone Spatula TYHY Heat Resistant Non-Stick Flexible Rubber With Solid Stainless Steel Kitchen Essential Gadget Premium Scraper Spoon Set of 4 (Random Color) • Amazon Business $10.99 3 $32.97
Baker's Secret Cooling Rack, 10" X 16" • Amazon Business $6.99 4 $27.96
Vremi Small Ice Cream Scoop - Scoops Round Ice Cream, Cookie Dough and Frozen Yogurt - Mini Metal Scooper - Ergonomic Plastic Handle With Non-Slip Rubber Coating for Easy Grip - Dishwasher Safe - Red • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96
Greek Yogurt Starter Culture • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Ziploc Storage Bags, Gallon, 150 Count • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70

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