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Student Stories in Print
Climate Change in the Classroom
A STEM Experiment for South Whidbey Middle and High Schools, grades 7-12
Understanding the carbon cycle and the relationship between CO2, plant life, and climate change is crucial in preparing students for the world they will inherit.
Every middle and high school student should experience, observe and understand the carbon cycle first-hand, and then go on through school and life with that perspective.
Four 15-gallon terrariums will be converted into sealed environments for conducting experiments involving plants’ use of carbon, decomposition, oxidation, etc.
Carbon Dioxide sensors will be installed in tanks to measure CO2 levels during experiments. Students can observe and measure plants changing the atmosphere within the tanks.
Biology and Math students will set up experiments, track and analyze data. High school Agriculture students and Middle school Garden students will grow plants for the experiments and will attend presentations from Biology or Math students regarding findings.
All students will use these experiments as a springboard to discuss larger topics such as climate change and environmental degradation. Math students will track and analyze trends and data, and use this data to formulate mathematical solutions to climate change, such as a carbon tax.
Teachers: Madelaine Pinkerton, Seth Raabe
Total Project cost: $1,908
Help us update the library books in our three school campus libraries. Librarians Sue Ann Brewer and Val Brown explain why your donations can make a real difference in the education of our students… and encourage a lifelong love of reading.
A library collection is like a garden. It needs constant weeding and feeding to give our students the resources to support their learning and independent reading.
The elementary collection averages 20 years and the secondary library averages 21 years. As our collection ages we are not able to replace books at the rate we discard dated and worn books.
Sturdy library-quality books average $25 per book. To see some of the books that the Library Specialists would like to purchase, click here.
Please select how many books you would like to have purchased with your donations. You may also make a specific donation.
Watch the video for a more detailed explanation of this grant.
8th Grade Adventure Ed
The goal this year is to offer a culminating week-long outdoor experience in early June for every 8th grade student (approximately 115 students). In supervised groups of 8-12, students will spend 5 days/4 nights either backpacking or camping along the WA coast or Cascade mountain range.
In preparation, all students will participate in several “field days” throughout the year during which applicable skills are taught and practiced. Core classes such as Math, Science, WA State History, English, Health, and PE will reinforce connections between classroom curriculum and outdoor experiences. ASB and individual students will participate in fundraising and other aspects of program planning, equipment inventory, etc.
Over time, the program has secured basic equipment (tents, backpacks, sleeping pads, camp stoves, and individual cooking pots) to outfit approximately 45 students. In addition to the cost of permitting and camping fees and a journal for each student, we are requesting funds to purchase new equipment (and replacement items) so every 8th grader is able to participate.
Can you help sponsor a student?
Global Cultures Experience
Students benefit from being exposed to global cultures. If you believe that understanding leads to better relations between people, we invite you to support a classroom visit by experienced educators from the Northwest Language and Cultural Center. Each week-long learning experience that the Foundation funds is about to $1,500 (with another $1,200 from other non-Foundation sources). This experience can sponsored by an individual, group, or organization.
We invite you to be a patron of global understanding. This year’s classroom grant requests are for China, Russia, Japan, and Coast Salish indigenous tribes.
Agriculture Meets Culinary
The High School Agriculture and the new Middle School Garden elective teach students how to grow their own food and offer a broader understanding of nature and our role in it. Students get the opportunity to not only grow and harvest fresh produce but to eat it as well.
Students prepare this produce and make dishes and meals that bring the growing experience to the next level. Administration and staff have been very supportive and accommodating… We have classroom spaces, and even funding for kitchen tools… All that is missing are the food supplies to make pesto, salsa, soups, salads and much more with produce grown right here on campus.
This is a weekly component to both High School Agriculture and the new Middle School Garden elective. Every Friday, students take the produce they have grown and transform it into healthy and delicious dishes they get to enjoy and can share with their families. They learn valuable food preparation and food safety skills and have lots of fun in the process.
It costs $40 a week for culinary ingredients (spices and non school-grown items) for this program. Would you be willing to sponsor a week or two?
Vitamix XL for Whole Food Smoothies
The school garden program includes agricultural and culinary curriculum for grades K-12 and educates 200 students per day. The food students grow is used for culinary classes, for snacks in the classrooms, and to a limited extend for additions to school lunches.
The volunteer Food Service Advisory Team researches best practices and suggests changes to improve nutritional offerings and increase participation without increasing expense. Their goal is to create an action plan for SWSD Food Service to provide nutrient-dense breakfasts and lunch that each student will want to eat.
Food processing equipment, ovens, and small wares such as the Vitamix XL are needed for efficient from-scratch cooking. Other grants have been applied for as the group moves forward in its vision of better quality food and educational opportunities.
A Vitamix XL will enable the kitchen to create whole food smoothies which are packed with nutrient dense goodness!
It costs $1,700 and was fully funded by a donor who attended the March 2 Benefit Dinner held at Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill. Thank you!
If you wish to donate to other needs of the Food Advisory Team that will directly benefit students, please make a donation below. Any amount is appreciated.