The Inoculation Project 28/08/2022: Ecosystems of Books and Bottles

We really did a great job with Ms. Savanna’s book project last week, almost cutting the amount needed in half! We have yet another weekend after this one to do our favorite combination of fundraising and incidental and effortless promotion (which we do simply by generating a burst of activity and getting the project to do the equivalent of a “trend”). I’m pretty confident we’ll get there.

PROJECT 1

Project: Future readers of America!

Resources: Help me give my students the opportunity to grow through reading as they begin to learn to read in first grade.

Economic need: A Equity-oriented school; notearly all students from low-income households.

Location: Clarendon Elementary School, Clarendon, Arkansas

Total: $567.04

Still need: $286.15 $177.65

Comments from Mrs. Savanna’s teacher:

My project: My students will go from assembling words to reading books! It’s one of the most exciting things about the 1st year. My students are very special to me and love seeing new books they love in their classroom library. These books have been specially chosen to meet the interests of my students in order to make them enthusiastic about reading.

We’re building the foundation for America’s future readers.

I can’t wait to see the excitement on my students’ faces when they see how much their classroom library has grown.

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

Here are some read-aloud videos of some of the fun stories requested.



I feel so good about project #1, I’m adding a new longer-term project this week, one with matching funds from an anonymous donor who can help us get to the finish line. Ms. Saxon teaches fifth grade in Cleveland and has an extremely cool project planned for her class this year. It’s not clear on this project page, but her teacher page shows that she has done this project successfully in the past with the help of DonorsChoose. (Everything on his shopping list is a tiny living organism, even the “tank set,” which is actually a collection of 11 tiny sea creatures.) So yes, you box raise plants and animals in a few two-liter soda bottles!

PROJECT #2

Project: Ecosystems engage and animate learning

Resources: Help me give my students a Carolina Touch Tank, Fantail Goldfish, Mosquito Fish, and other aquatic objects to support our hands-on learning with ecosystems.

Economic need: A Equity-oriented school; notearly all students from low-income households.

Location: Nathan Hale Elementary School, Cleveland, Ohio

Total: $867.05 (2x matching funds of “An anonymous funder”)

Still need: $867.05 $717.05 ($359 from us)

Comments from Mrs. Saxon’s teacher:

My project: My students attend a school in a large urban district in Ohio, where 100% of students receive free breakfast and lunch. Many of our students walk to school through neighborhoods characterized by boarded up abandoned buildings and overgrown vacant lots. Despite this, my students manage to come to school every day with a passion for education and especially love to tackle the task of project-based inquiry learning.

These materials will make a difference in my students’ learning because they especially appreciate the learning opportunities that allow them to have hands-on experiences and different ways of learning.

Having resources to build and study a real ecosystem will make a huge difference in my students’ learning.

My students will be able to extend their learning beyond the textbook by participating in a STEM activity in which we build a pop bottle ecosystem with live mosquito fish, snails, woodlice, and aquatic growers. We would start by using our available technology to research each of the major organisms we will be handling.

Then the students will contribute by donating/recycling empty 2 liter soft drink bottles. Students will build the terrarium using one of the bottles. Inside the terrarium, students will grow grass, mustard and radish seeds. They will use daily diaries to record observations and measurements, as insects and abiotic materials are slowly introduced into the environment. They will use the other pop bottle to make the aquarium part of the ecosystem. Plants and aquatic organisms will also be added and observed. Finally, students will connect the land and water containers to create a complete ecosystem.

We will use touch organisms and goldfish to make predictions, test theories and expand our knowledge. This project will greatly help my students understand how all organisms (large or small) are connected within an ecosystem.

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

This was the best demo video I could find of what the project looks like to build.


These little “mosquito fish” are one of the organisms that will make their way to Cleveland.

No teacher’s note today, since we only had one project last week and it’s still in progress. Just a thank you from me to all our community here, even the people we don’t know who read without registering and then come to help our projects.

At the end, you’ll see that we’re up to 991 successful projects this series has been involved in since 2009, coming out of 1,000, I’m sure, before the end of the year. It’s a BFD! I’m so glad we’re still able to do our little bit to help, as public schools and teachers are under more siege than ever. I am so grateful and proud of Daily Kos readers who care enough to do what they can for our children’s education, whatever form that may take. Thanks!

DonorsChoose developed the designation Equity-focused schools describe some schools submitting projects. They meet two criteria: at least 50% of students are black, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, or multiracial, and at least 50% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, the standard measure of economic need in the school. ‘school. You can read more at the link about their efforts to address long-standing inequalities in education.
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Founded in 2009, The inoculation project fights the anti-science and anti-education push in conservative America by funding science, math, and literacy projects in Red State public school classrooms and libraries. Our behavior is DonorsChoose, a crowdfunding charity founded in 2000 and much loved by both Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau.

Every Sundaywe focus on helping finance projects in public neighborhoods schools where the overwhelming majority of students come from low-income households. We welcome everyone who supports education in public schools – no money required!

Finally, here is our list of successfully funded projects – our series total is 991! The Success List log also contains links and additional information about DonorsChoose.

Starfish on the beach with caption: It made a difference for this one.