Cooper’s Classroom

 

Dear Friends of our Hummelstown Community,

It may not feel like spring but in my back yard I have glimpses of daffodils and hyacinth peeking through the ground. It gives me hope that warm weather is around the corner.

I would like to share with you an opportunity to help the students and teachers of Lower Dauphin Middle School AND honor a long-time teacher and friend of our community, Ben Cooper. Ben taught science and math in the LD School District for 35 years. I would like to provide a makerspace classroom in memory of Ben for use by all three grade levels in the Middle School.  A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials both virtual and physical.

This unique educational experience would complement and enhance the science curriculum. I have been working with the Falcon Foundation, the Superintendent, the Middle School principal and science teachers to bring this idea to reality.  I believe this new classroom concept will be an awesome addition to the student’s middle school experience.  The teachers are excited for this opportunity and created curriculum based activities for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

For the initial start-up activity supplies and materials, the eighth grade would like Snap Circuits Electronic Discovery Kits ($1800). Seventh grade would like a Plant Growth Cart ($1300), 15 pairs of binoculars for birdwatching ($600), as well as, a stereomicroscope ($400) for the classroom.  Sixth grade would like an Augmented Reality Sand Table ($7100).  It allows students to have a hands-on experience with topography and geography moving sand around. Ben loved to play in the dirt and provide outdoor experiences whenever possible.

The Falcon Foundation has set up a project called Cooper’s Classroom and will accept tax deductible donations (checks made out to Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation) for this project (write Cooper’s Classroom on memo line). Please consider contributing to the project that will last for many years to come.  It’s a great way to remember a lifelong teacher while giving back to the community.  Mail check to Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation, 291 East Main St, Hummelstown, PA 17036.  If you have any questions please contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions.  I can be reached at 717.554.3021 or coopersclassroomlowerdauphin@gmail.com.  Thank you for considering to support this project.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Kline

 

 

Online Donations can be made here….




Here are some pictures of Ben Cooper doing what he loved best, teaching children math and science, and getting hands on experiences!