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.


Ms. Garner from Memphis TN is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Without a Trace: Demonstrating Cleanliness

My students need a microscope, handwash, distilled water, gel packs, and slides to observe germs on common surfaces and the importance of cleanliness.

  • $515 goal

This project expired on June 19, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Similar to a secret agent or the anonymous voice on Mission Impossible, I like to challenge my students: "Try to leave without a trace." Then the challenge begins for my students to demonstrate a high level of cleanliness!

My students represent a unique population: students that were referred to our school from various schools throughout the city for behavior and/or academic concerns.

My school provides a unique, non-traditional environment that offers classroom guidance and character group sessions weekly. We also provide smaller classroom settings to better cater to our students' individual needs. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in service learning trips twice a month to recognize the importance of serving the community. As a counselor in this unique environment, I have the grand opportunity to know my students and their needs in depth. As a result, I have searched for the donations and services of agencies, such as dental cleanings, counseling, and other agencies when needed. I use creativity with them through music, role play, art, and other hands-on materials to address topics such as self-esteem, and self-control.

My Project

The materials provided through Donors Choose will allow my students to recognize the importance of exercising proper hygiene on a daily basis. They will actually see the germs that could be present on common surfaces such as bathroom sinks, door handles, and on hands after improper hand washing. They will also understand basic hygiene can prevent the spread of diseases. These resources and lessons will affect their attitudes toward cleanliness for life. After the lessons, I know the students will have a new respect for the phrase "Without a Trace." They will also get a chance to reap the benefit of community service. As recipients of this donation, they will understand they are responsible to continue to serve others as well. I have always felt one of the biggest ways to return a favor is by helping others in need. This is a perfect opportunity for them to understand this concept.

In closing, this project will greatly benefit our program because it will serve two purposes.

The students will better understand why we stress demonstrating proper hygiene in daily living. Also, They will understand the charge of serving the community.

Ms. Garner
Grades 3-5
  • Westhaven Elementary School
  • Memphis, TN
Nearly all 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 75 students.

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 Ms. Garner is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Microscope 30X Pocket Size • Sargent-Welch $15.98 8 $127.84
Kit-Glo-Germ Handwsh • Sargent-Welch $56.48 1 $56.48
Water Distilled 1Gl • Sargent-Welch $5.40 1 $5.40
Alert - Nutrient Gel Pack30 • Sargent-Welch $58.99 1 $58.99
Microscope - Leica Esm 25/100X • Sargent-Welch $75.09 1 $75.09
Slide And Cover Slip Set Plast • Sargent-Welch $9.86 2 $19.72
Alert--Potato Dext Gel 30Vl/Pack • Sargent-Welch $53.10 1 $53.10

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


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":"Memphis","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[794115],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"TN","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":510790,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":75,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Garner","authorIds":{"794115":{"owner":"Ms. Garner","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[510790],"proposalHash":"1263280674","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":137262,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["ODEyMjE0","NzQ1MDk3"],"teacherId":794115,"schoolCounty":"Shelby","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"TN","name":"Tennessee"}}