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Donorschoose.org, The Answer to a Teachers Prayer-a place where Donors Choose where their money goes
Are you looking for a way to help children in your local community? Would you like to donate money to a charity and know that the money will go directly to the people and projects you want them to? Do you want to help out students and teachers who desperately need supplies and classroom materials? I've got the perfect website for you.
Donorschoose.org is a non profit agency that matches people just like you with needy public school classrooms across America. The process works like this: teachers submit detailed projects complete with a supply list, the website checks the projects and ensures that it meets specific guidelines, they posts the projects, and donors across America search the database to find projects they are interested in and make a donation-it's as simple as that!! Teacher requests vary from simple supplies like pencils and crayons to more complex items like computers and technology equipment. You can donate any amount you want-from $100 to $1,000,000 it's up to you! The student's benefit from the classroom supplies, and you benefit knowing that your donation made a real difference to real people.
Donorschoose.org has many corporate partners including: Sonic, U.S. Cellular, the Shusterman Foundation, Build a Bear Workshop, Chevron, Bing, and Chase Bank. These organization will donate to projects or even match all donor contributions.
What Donors Choose means to me.
If you read my profile you know that I am a first grade teacher. Last year the district I work for lost several million dollars due to a shortage of tax revenue. What did this mean to me? To make up for the shortfall my district cut out all substitute teachers-in other words if the teachers in the district got sick their students would be divided between the other teachers in the building resulting in a loss of valuable instructional time. We were unable to reorder necessary classroom supplies, and there was absolutely no money left in the budget to order anything for special projects. I started back to school several days ago and during a staff meeting the teachers were informed that there would be absolutely no field trips this year. It breaks my heart because it means that the first grade's annual zoo trip is cancelled. Going to the zoo may not sound like a huge deal to some people, but for many of my students it is the only opportunity they would have had to go. I teach in a school located in a high poverty area of the city-all of our students qualify to receive federal free lunches. Each year our school arranges for each of the students to receive two free uniform shirts because many of our kids just wouldn't have them otherwise. I can go on and on and on, but this hub is about Donor's Choose.
Donor's Choose will help my students get some valuable classroom materials that will be instrumental in their learning. I currently have two projects listed: one to get dry erase markers and white boards so we can conserve paper, and the second project is for a listening center to help struggling students polish their reading skills. Both projects are very important to us.
I encourage you to check out www.Donorschoose.org and look at the projects that are listed. I would be thrilled if you donated to mine, but would be just as happy if you made a donation to any project. Trust me, any amount you can spare would be deeply appreciated by the classroom teachers and students your donation touches.
I just found out that one of my projects has been fully funded!! Because of the generosity of people that I don't know and will probably never meet my students will have new whiteboards and markers to use in class this year. The entire package is worth over $200. We wouldn't have gotten the materials without donorschoose.org and the awesome people who took the time to let my students know that they are important. We are truly grateful.