You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.


Mrs. Rao from Portland ME is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Red Planet

Help me give my students the tools to study the red planet and how it got its name.

  • $191 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach in a multi-grade classroom (4-6) full of inquisitive and interesting 9-12 year old boys. Our students have a range of different needs, including one-on-one, adapted materials, extra support, and help with coping skills. All of our students are in our Day Treatment setting due to not being successful in a regular education classroom.

As with most boys of this age, their main focus is electronics and video games.

We are offering our students more hands-on activities that have actually cut down on their screen time. We have even heard, "I want to keep doing this experiment instead of reinforcement." This is a huge WIN!

Since we are a multi-grade classroom, we are always planning new lessons and new opportunities to meet our kids where they are at. Our kids come to us with very little and have very high needs. With all this, our attendance is high and their eagerness to learn is infectious!

My Project

Part of our core curriculum is learning about the solar system and planets. Our boys have asked to learn about Mars and the possibility of life on Mars.

Imagine doing experiment on dirt very similar to Mars!

Would life be sustainable on Mars? Could food be grown? Is there water? These and many more are just some of the questions that were asked and we hope to answer.

With your help, we can get these tools to do the experiments and research Mars. Not only will we earn about the solar system but also chemistry. Two for one!

Mrs. Rao
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 8 students.

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Rao is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
EXPLORING MARS LAB • Frey Scientific $62.99 1 $62.99
FLIP CHART + ONLINE SOLAR SYSTEM MS/HS • Frey Scientific $47.99 1 $47.99

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


1 Donor


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


match offer


Match offer toward project cost


Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Portland","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[7158467],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"ME","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":5136385,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":5,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":true,"numStudents":8,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Rao","authorIds":{"7158467":{"owner":"Mrs. Rao","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[5136385],"proposalHash":"1463128848","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":21575555,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":{"completingDonationAmount":94,"proposalURL":"project/looking-sharp/5360236/","proposalTitle":"Looking Sharp","proposalId":5360236},"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NzE1ODQ2Nw==","NzUwODQ2OQ=="],"teacherId":7158467,"schoolCounty":"Cumberland","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"ME","name":"Maine"}}