Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What would it cost to fund every teacher's wishlist?

Teachers ask.  You choose.  Students learn.

2,233 California teachers were pleasantly surprised last week to find that each of their projects had been funded at DonorsChoose.org. Hilda Yao, executive director of the Claire Giannini Fund, sent a check of $1,304,300 to fund every current California wishlist that was open on the site. The Fund is giving an additional $100,000 to help projects from other states complete their goals -- bringing the remaining cost to under $99 "with the hope that this action inspires widespread donor support in bringing these projects to fruition." Click here to read the full press release.

Donors Choose is an online charity that allows public school teachers to post requests for what they need to help their students grow. From Dr. Seuss books to microscopes, donors can browse the website to read stories from the classroom and decide which project(s) they'd like to donate to. Teachers get some much needed help, students get more to inspire them, and donors get thank you cards, pictures, and the satisfaction of knowing they contributed to something concrete. Donations start at $1, and can be spread among projects. Their motto says it all: Teachers ask. You choose. Students learn.

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