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Ms. Costello from Portland OR is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Wonderland 3rd Grade Garden!

Help me give my students more tools and supplies to help sustain the 3rd grade Wonderland Garden for years to come!

  • $689 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My elementary school is located in one of the most poverty impacted areas in Oregon and in a large hub of diverse immigrant populations. 84% of students are children of color, 100% receive free/reduced price lunch, and many are bi-lingual, with 26 languages spoken in their homes.

Here, we strive to be a community of lifelong learners, to honor diversity, and to pursue excellence.

Each member of our community is committed to this vision of excellence. It is evident in the display of student work, the emphasis on our school-wide life-skills program and the strong academic programs.

We are very proud to be the first "Dreamer School" in the Nation. As Dreamers, we are committed to the goal of getting each student through secondary school and onto college. This project will help make our school an equitable place for all students, so that each can reach his or her potential in school and beyond.

My Project

A school garden is a powerful environmental education tool. Through gardening, students become responsible caretakers. They have an opportunity to engage in agricultural practices on a small scale, learning about the responsibilities and impacts of land cultivation. They explore the web of interactions among the living and non-living players that sustain life. This project will give the students the supplies necessary to maintain the garden. Shovels and other equipment to dig and plant flowers and trees, plant cages to grow an abundance of vegetables, hand tools to manage the vegetables, separate grow bags for the cabbages that are donated to us each year to grow in, and so much more!

For many children, a garden offers the only chance to get close to nature.

Some of our students lack access to gardening spaces because of their living situations while others have limited exploratory free time in the outdoors due to the focus on indoor activities and participation in organized outdoor activities. School garden educators in urban environments frequently find their programs provide students’ first opportunity to dig into the soil and watch a plant grow.

Establishing a connection with nature at an early age is extremely important. Researchers discovered childhood experiences with nature are strongly linked to adult attitudes toward plants. They determined that participation in active gardening during childhood was the most important influence in explaining adult environmental attitudes and actions and concluded that even in urban areas where green spaces are limited, gardening programs for children can provide a strong enough connection to instill appreciation and respect for nature in adulthood.

Please help us with the supplies necessary to make this garden space sustainable for years to come!

Ms. Costello
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 500 students.

11 donors have given to this project.

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GardenAll 3 Pieces Garden Rakes Tool Set - 11 Tine Steel Shrub Rake / 30 Teeth Poly Leaf Rake / 24 Teeth Steel Wire Leaf Rake, Adjustable Vinyl Coated Steel Tube Red Handles • Amazon Business $67.75 1 $67.75
G & F Products JustForKids Kids Garden Tool Set Toy, Rake, Spade, Hoe and Leaf Rake, reduced size, 4-Piece • Amazon Business $15.94 3 $47.82
Growsun 5-ft Purple Tomato Supports Cage Plant Garden Stakes,6 Pack • Amazon Business $46.99 1 $46.99
GROWNEER 6-Pack Plant Cages Assembled Tomato Garden Cages Stakes Vegetable Trellis, w/ 18Pcs Clips & 328Ft Twist Tie, for Vertical Climbing Plants • Amazon Business $42.99 1 $42.99
Truper 31199 Tru Pro 48-Inch Square Point Shovel, Fiberglass Handle, 10-Inch Grip • Amazon Business $38.23 1 $38.23
Metabo HPT 115445M Portable Folding Sawhorses, Heavy Duty Stand, 4 Sawbucks, 1,200 Pound Capacity, Built-In Cord Hooks and Shelves, 2-Pack • Amazon Business $36.76 1 $36.76
Toysmith Kid's 3-Piece Garden Tool Set • Amazon Business $7.75 4 $31.00
G & F 1823-3 JustForKids Soft Jersey Kids Garden Gloves, Kids Work Gloves, 3 Pairs Green/Red/Blue per Pack • Amazon Business $7.66 4 $30.64
MTB Green Square Folding Tomato Cage Plant Support Stake Tower 12 inch by 46 inch, Pack of 2 Sets(Also Sold as Pack of 5 & 10,Galvanized is Available) • Amazon Business $26.00 1 $26.00
The Ames Companies, Inc 2812200 True Temper 4-Tine Forged Spading Fork • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Orbit 62061Z 1-Outlet Programmable Hose Faucet Timer, Green • Amazon Business $24.79 1 $24.79
7 Gallon 8 Pack Grow Bags Square Fabric Pots Without Handles Black Grow Containers • Amazon Business $18.39 1 $18.39
Conpru 4 Pack 10 Gallon Potato Grow Bags, Potato Planter Bag with Flap and Handles for Vegetable Growing • Amazon Business $17.60 1 $17.60
Gardener's Select AW3003P6LZ Watering Can, Lemon Yellow, 3.5 L • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Ming Wei Grow Bags (7 Gallon, Army Green 5-Pack) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Miracle-GRO Heavy Duty Bamboo Stakes 6-feet, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
7 Pairs Pack SKYTREE Gardening Gloves, Work Gloves , Comfort Flex Coated, Breathable Nylon Shell, Nitrile Coating, Men's Medium Size (Blue Color) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Ashman Set of 3 Watering Can, Indoor and Outdoor Use, Red, Green, Yellow, 2 Liter Capacity • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
7 Pairs Pack SKYTREE Gardening Gloves, Work Gloves , Comfort Flex Coated, Breathable Nylon Shell, Nitrile Coating, Women’s Medium Size, Green/Blue • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
KINGLAKE 5 Pcs Bamboo Cane Holder Plastic Plant Cane Support Caps for Climbing Plants Sweet Peas Beans Green • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
ishua 120 pcs Plastic Plant Tags, T-Type Markers Nursery Garden Labels Stakes for Gardening Green House Humidity Dome Orchard Botanical Garden Assorted Color 2.36"x3.94"inches (6x10 cm) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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