We are excited to announce that the Student Research Foundation will help fund 1,000 classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org in calendar year 2018. By supporting DonorsChoose.org, we look forward to helping to deliver needed learning materials and program support to thousands of students in public schools throughout America.
In 2000 Charles Best, a teacher at a public high school in the Bronx, NY, needed to give his students copies of Little House on the Prairie. He was making photocopies of the one copy of the book that his budget could afford and distributing them to his students. He began to think about all the money that he and his fellow teachers needed for books, art supplies and other classroom materials. So he launched a fledgling version of DonorsChoose.org, a website where concerned members of the public could identify and donate to classroom projects they wanted to support. He and his teaching colleagues posted 11 requests for funding. People responded by making contributions and the concept spread quickly. Today, DonorsChoose.org has succeeded in fulfilling funding requests from more than 600,000 teachers across America.
What kind of projects are getting funded through DonorsChoose.org? Here is a small sample of projects that are getting funding today through the program . . .
- A dramatic play area – Grainger, a teacher at Osceola Elementary School in St. Augustine, FL, reported that, “My students need a fully functioning kitchen set, a table and chairs and a birch big book center.” Since posting her project on DonorsChoose.org, she has received contributions from 21 donors and is only $193 away from fully funding her project.
- A chicken egg incubator and supplies for hatched chicks – Draper, a teacher at George Fisher Elementary School in Redford, MI, reported that, “My students need a chicken egg incubator and supplies for hatched chicks.” Since posting her project on DonorsChoose.org, she has received contributions from 12 donors and is only $70 away from fully funding her project.
- Transportation to the Respect Team Building program – Vecoli, a teacher at the Talbot Innovation School in Fall River, MA, reported that “My students need transportation to get them to the YMCA’s Adventures in Respect Team Building course where they will experience personal and group growth.” Since posting her project on DonorsChoose.org, she has received contributions from 25 donors and is only $350 away from fully funding her project.
Will You Help Us Support DonorsChoose.org Projects?
The Student Research Foundation has started to fund DonorsChoose.org programs. In the meantime, we hope you will visit DonorsChoose.org, pick a project to support, and contribute. Leave a comment on projects you think we should help fund and we will take a close look at the details.
Are you committed to improving the quality of classroom learning in America’s public schools? We encourage you to have your students Participate in the National Career Pathway Study.