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Ms. Romano from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Turn Up the Heat For the OGT!

My students need a toaster oven, small range, and other kitchen supplies so that they can move from preparing foods to cooking and hosting meals.

  • $529 goal

This project expired on July 3, 2011.

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My Students

I teach in an urban school where many students are unaware of where their food comes from so we started an after-school program focused on cooking. The problem, however, is that we cannot use the kitchen. We need these supplies so that students can cook and know there is life beyond fancy salads.

This after-school program is for students in 5th through 8th grades at our urban public school.

About 25 students have committed to the team which meets every Thursday for an hour. The year started with them asking what animal hamburgers come from and being shocked that carrots are pulled straight from the ground. We've made strong progress and they are now preparing to host a school-wide breakfast to share their knowledge, experience, and recipes with their friends and families. Some of the activities have included planting an herb window garden, building worm compost bins, sampling new foods, learning about eating locally, and more. Several students on the team are ambitious and curious; others have very few opportunities for extracurricular activities and would go home to video games or hanging out on the street. Already many younger students are asking when they can join the Green Team.

My Project

Our group has received permission to host a "Flapjacks for Fathers" event at which Green Team members will cook and serve pancakes to any student who comes with their father or male role model. The event will also give students a chance to present what they have learned. A community business partner will donate all of the food supplies, but we need a way to cook it! The hot plates and toaster oven will ensure that our guests have delicious hot pancakes. The bowls and other supplies will of course be essential to mixing the batter. We will continue using these supplies regularly as the class is hosted in the music room. All of the recipes we have prepared this year have required no cooking or hauling stuff from our home kitchens. The convection oven, hot plate, and other kitchen supplies will be crucial in helping students move beyond preparing food to cooking food.

This program is teaching our students to be aware of where their food comes from and the benefits of eating healthily.

Your support of this project will allow students to continue learning about food. Your investment will also allow them to share their knowledge with their families which is the most significant componenent in making long-term impact. The more exposure and experience students have with delicious fresh foods, the more likely they are to choose them over prepackaged junk foods.

Ms. Romano
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Oster Toaster/Pizza Oven - Black • Best Buy $59.99 1 $59.99
BURNER RANGE SINGLE • Abilitations, Inc. $73.43 1 $73.43
Deni Double Burners • Nasco $46.95 1 $46.95
Revere 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set • Nasco $21.50 1 $21.50
8-Piece Pyrex Smart Essentials Set • Nasco $20.95 1 $20.95
Rubbermaid Silicone 2-Piece Spatula Set • Nasco $7.50 1 $7.50
Artistry Ecolution Cookware - 8-Piece Set • Nasco $73.50 1 $73.50
Good Cook Classic Can Opener • Nasco $5.25 1 $5.25
10" Egg Whisk • Nasco $2.35 1 $2.35
Good Grips Stainless Steel Rotating Utensil Holder • Nasco $16.95 1 $16.95
5-Piece Utensil Set • Nasco $12.50 1 $12.50
Bamboo Utensils - 4-Piece Set • Nasco $9.95 1 $9.95
12-Piece Measuring Set with Cups and Spoons • Nasco $7.80 2 $15.60

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