This week’s worthy cause is one close to my heart, Donor’s Choose. It is a wonderful organization/non-profit that helps teachers fund projects or receive items for their classroom. Last year, my students were having “space issues” on our rug. I happened to see this colorful rainbow rug in a education magazine where each child was assigned a specific space/square. Perfect!
The only problem was that it was $300!! What? I logged onto Donors Choose, wrote a proposal/sob story, and, voila, I had a new rug in less than 3 months! Fabulous. In exchange for the rug, my students and I had to write thank you letters. In addition, I had to take pictures of my students using the rug with a camera they provided.
Over the past two years, Donor's Choose have provided me with a new CD player and two large white boards for my classroom. I’m often asked what is a great gift to give a teacher and really it’s a donation to a proposal on this site. I encourage you to ask your child’s teacher if they have listed a proposal, and if not, you can point them in this direction. It’s free and does not cost anything to have your proposal listed.
As a donor, you can either fund the entire project or donate a certain amount. You can also search the site by city, your school name, or by price point. The amount donated is not revealed and every donor receives a thank you letter if the entire project is funded.
Now if only they funded summer vacation getaways...