Hey, guys, I need your help. There is a wonderful organization called Donors Choose out there whose sole purpose is to help teachers get the things they need to teach! Please click on the link and check out their website. I also put the link on the list to the right (Check Out...) In a nutshell, teachers post proposals on the site, and the public can pick and choose which proposals they want to help fund. You can give as much or as little as you'd like. (You do not have to fund the entire project.) Once a teacher's proposal is funded, Donors Choose sends the requested materials. Easy as pie!
After years of saying I was going to do it, I finally posted a proposal on Donors Choose! Yay me! It took me long enough. My son's not going to be able to go to Harvard now because I've spent his entire college tuition on my classroom over the years. Twice!!
Anyway, the name of my proposal is "Snug as a Bug in a Rug." I'm pretty sure you can put the name in the search engine and it will take you straight there. [ok, crap. I suppose I should have checked this out before, but apparently there are several proposals with that name. Damn. I tried to edit the name, but I can't. The first sentence of mine mentions that my school is on the southside of Chicago, so try to look for it. Sorry! Also, I just realized that it takes a few days before the proposals go through the proper channels, and get approved and posted, so maybe wait a few days before you look for mine :( ] As much as I would appreciate you funding the proposal, what would be really great is if you could spread the word about Donors Choose to everyone you know. Tell your friends and family. Teach your own children about the joy of giving by funding someones proposal. Maybe your company would like to be a corporate sponsor for someones proposal. Every little bit helps. Like I said, you do not have to fund an entire proposal, just give what you can comfortably afford.
If you'd like to get your feet wet by starting with my proposal, I'm not going to argue ;-) I started very small, only requesting a carpet. Now that I've got the ball rolling, I'm going to work on larger proposals that will really benefit my kids. Be sure to spread the word :)