With school budgets getting cut and teachers needing to spend more of their own money, there's one organization that has been working on helping teachers get the items they need. Donor's Choose is an organization where teachers can submit projects (or campaigns) that they would like to have funded for their classrooms, but may cost more than their budgets allow.
At my son's school, teachers have used this platform to obtain balance balls to be used in place of chairs, iPads & tablets, visual timers, document cameras, books, books, and even more books. The best part...every single one of their campaigns have been fully funded. Not only have their students benefited from these campaigns, but the teachers didn't have to dip into their own pockets.
We're always hearing how schools need to improve their learning environments, but it all comes down to money. Parents, law makers, and the soap box speaker on the corner can all complain about the lack of tools available to their students, but many won't put their wallet where their mouth is. Anyone can donate to these programs and it doesn't have to be much either. Many foundations - including Quill.com, Target, Impact Tulsa, and Dick's Sporting Goods to name a few - will match every donation made.
Many may not even realize their schools have projects to begin with, so to help with that, here's a quick peek at a few of the local Metro Detroit schools that have ongoing Donor's Choose projects right now.
- Calm and Focused Learning (Edmonson Elementary)
- Cycling in Class... Yes, please! (Edmonson Elementary)
- We Like to Move It! (Edmonson Elementary)
- Wiggle While We Work! (Fortis Academy)
- Connecting Literature to Life (Fitzgerald High School)
- Learning With Our Hands (Foreign Language Immersion School)
- Exploration Hour (Parkview Elementary School)
- Carting Our Music Stands (Madison Academy) - donations will be matched by the Yamaha Corporation of America!
- "Active Sitting" for Active Learning! (Eisenhower Elementary School)
- Alternative Seating for Expanding Minds! (Baldwin Heights Elementary School)
If you've been looking for a way to help your school district out, but are unsure what they need, check to see if they have a project going at Donor's Choose. If you're unsure if your school has an ongoing campaign, simply search for your school district and all of their projects will pop up. Even if your child's teacher doesn't have a project, take a look at all of your districts campaigns. Who knows...your child may have that teacher now, but they may some day and having their projects funded now will definitely benefit your child in the future.