For my second donation for my 50 States, 50 Donations project, I decided to pick a state far away from my home state of MA., I chose Alaska. Ms. Ramsey teaches a combined first and second grade class at the College Gate Elementary School in Anchorage. Many of her students are from military families from Fort Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army Base. Ms. Ramsey's project is to teach students reading, science, and basic math skills through cooking. In her own words,
"I am requesting 27 Crock-Pot slow cookers and books. Students need slow cookers and copies of twenty-four fiction and nonfiction books, including Who Wants Pizza, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids and Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook This will prepare us to put the science of cooking and recipes including Everybody Serves Soup into action. I plan to invite families to school to learn about the project as I introduce science of food and how to use slow cookers. I will show how to measure, ask questions and help students read recipes.
Then, I will read the book, Stone Soup, and we will eat soup that kids prepared in our classroom slow cooker. Kids will explain how they read the recipe, measured the vegetables, and learned to read the clock."
I like this project for two reasons:
Donations made to this project are matched by the Craig Newmark Philanthropies (www.craigslist.org). In their own words,
"Donations to this project are now being matched, thanks to support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Craig Newmark Philanthropies is honored to support educators and military families across the U.S."