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:
"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:
- Shortages of learning materials prevent thorough, engaging instruction;
- Top-down distribution of materials stifles our best teachers and discourages them from developing targeted solutions for their students; and
- 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".