Science Lab Coats

Verified Non-Profit

Verified Non-Profit

The Description

With these funds our fourth grade students will be able to feel like scientists as they work like scientists. Our vision is for our fourth grade students to fully emerge themselves in every sensory area while working through the scientific process. Students have shown that when individuals are dressed in attire that corresponds with a particular activity or field, not only are they more likely to be engaged and on task, but they are also more likely to succeed when given tasks to complete. With that in mind, we would like to raise enough money to provide our fourth grade science class with enough lab coats for each student.  Each lab coat costs anywhere between $10 and $20, and we need approximately 25 lab coats. 

Back Up Plan

If I do not meet my goal we will purchase as many lab coats as possible. If we are only able to raise enough money for 5 or 6 lab coats, they will be used to motivate appropriate behavior. 

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About the Creator

My name is Nicholas Miller and I am originally from Dallas, TX. When I was 19 years old, I worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Hand Prints Daycare in Mesquite, TX. On the last day of summer, my kindergarten class sheepishly approached me with pictures they'd created as a momentum for our time together. It opened my eyes to the realization that every day with these impressionable young people held great potential for positive transformation. When I attended Texas A&M University in College Station, TX I decided to pursue my newfound passion in every facet. Majoring in Kinesiology, minoring in English Language Arts, I sought out a teaching career through one of A&M's rigorous certification programs. I had no idea that a handful of professors would change not only the course of my educational career, but also transform my motivation and willingness to redefine what it means to be truly dedicated. My initial experiences led me into education policy, where I worked for the U.S. Department of Education: White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. What I learned during my time in the Nation’s capital was irreplaceable, but it taught me one very important thing-- working directly students, by far, is the most rewarding and impactful way to change lives. After leaving D.C., I applied for Teach for America, a national organization dedicated to leveling the educational playing field for all students, regardless of their income or ethnicity. I was accepted into the program and placed at a public charter school in Oak Cliff on the south side of Dallas. I taught for 2 years in fourth grade. My first year, I taught Reading and Writing, and during my second year, I was blessed to focus solely on writing--a personal passion of mine. I absoluetly loved every moment in the classroom, but I felt compelled to have a broader impact and was accepted to work as an assistant prinicipal. I am now in my second semester as an assistant principal and thoroughly enjoy it. I am blessed to work in a place where I love my job as much as I do.
If you're familiar with the myriad of challenges a school faces, you know that I am battling a combination of factors that are working to prevent my students from being successful. My job is to make sure that they overcome those challenges and reach success not only in my classroom but for the rest of their lives.