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October 04, 2008

DonorsChoose.Org Challenge - Donate to Help Schools

DonorsChoose.org organized a challenge between major blogs - and the Silicon Valley Moms Group is one of them. Here is the mission for DonorsChoose.org:

"Our Mission"

"DonorsChoose.org is dedicated to addressing the scarcity and inequitable distribution of learning materials and experiences in our public schools. We believe this inequity is rooted in the following factors:

  1.  
    1. Shortages of learning materials prevent thorough, engaging instruction;
    2. Top-down distribution of materials stifles our best teachers and discourages them from developing targeted solutions for their students; and
    3. Small, directed contributions have gone un-tapped as a source of funding.

DonorsChoose.org will improve public education by engaging citizens in an online marketplace where teachers describe and individuals can fund specific student projects. We envision a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn."

This is a meaningful way to match donors with teacher's who really need the help. I donated to a project where a teacher asked to bring technology into her classroom. I hope that bloggers and their readers will logon to DonorsChoose.org and help public schools!

Here are some of the projects on the site:

  • In Silicon Valley a teacher wants to     * needs 60 subscriptions of Weekly Reader to grab our students' interest while building the academic vocabulary.
  • In Chicago a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing kids in kindergarten and 1st grade needs a variety of hands-on science materials.
  • A school in New York City is facing a 1.3 million dollar budget cut and the TEACHER NEEDS ART SUPPLIES! 
  • In DC Metro a techer has ""collected incredible resources such as PBS podcasts, blogs, and You Tube videos that would capture her students’ interest. These resources speak to her tech-savvy students in a way that an article or a book can not. She would love a LCD projector to use these resources to introduce lessons and engage my students".

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Donorschoose.org is a great organization. My brother has gifted me and my wife for the past several years with certificates to support this program. Since I come from a corporate education background, I always seek out e-learning programs, of which there are many. It's a great way to keep giving during the holiday season!

Hello I am looking for someone to fund my project on donors choose. My name is Jessica Pace and I am trying to get five computers for my class to learn to type papers and search the internet. If you are interesting in helping fund my project or know anyone who can help my id is 227182. Thank you for your time and have a great day.

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