This is an idea that’s been bouncing around in my head for a while. Teachers as a whole stick together and our ability to network and support each other has expanded exponentially now that we have Blogland to connect us together. The outpouring of support after difficult days in the classroom, the pooling of resources after natural disasters, the laughing together at silly things our students come up with, the sharing of ideas as we tackle unique educational challenges… our power in numbers is amazing.
I tend to be a little idealistic and definitely see the world through rose colored glasses a lot of the time, but this most recent goal of mine really feels attainable. It all has to do with Donors Choose. I’ve donated to projects that stood out as they popped up on my radar through the years, especially since I started blogging and networking with more teachers. The idea that I can give a few dollars to another teacher in need and truly make a difference for that classroom is just genius.
Then I started thinking. What would happen if each of us who could gave just $1.00 to a project? One.single.dollar. Most of us work on tight budgets, pinching pennies all the way as we score back to school deals in the thrill of the hunt. We know how much cash flows out of our pockets during back to school right on through the entire year. But what if we gave just $1 more to another teacher? As all of those dollars add up, we’re making a huge difference! If every follower on this blog donated $1, we’d spread $1,700 to teachers all over the country! If every Facebook follower donated, we’d raise over $3,000! I pinch myself just thinking about it.
So here’s my challenge to you. Can you give $1 to Donors Choose today? Projects that are in their first week are eligible for a matching coupon code that doubles your donation. Your $1 magically turns into $2 for the teacher if you type INSPIRE in as a coupon code when you check out at no extra cost to you. My little idea here has so much potential as we spread the word, so please consider pinning this image too. At just $1 per individual, we can do amazing things together. I just know it!
My first project just launched yesterday. I was super nervous about it, but the process was actually very easy. It’s called iLearn When iListen because I’m hoping to replace our cassette listening center with 2 iPods. We have access to so many resources, but don’t have the technology to use them. Just think of all the doors a new center would open for my struggling readers. Remember, type in INSPIRE when you checkout to double the impact without doubling your cost! **UPDATE MY PROJECT WAS FUNDED IN JUST ONE WEEK- THANK YOU!**
After seeing the response to this little goal of mine, I started my own Donors Choose page where I can highlight up to 10 projects at one time. A $10 donation to any of the current projects puts yours on the list to be featured in the future. I still have open spots right now, so you’re just $10 away from more exposure for your own project by helping another one get funded. How amazing is that?
If you’re looking for other projects to support, Laura Candler’s Caring Classrooms is a great place to start. She gathers several Donors Choose projects and highlights them in one place. She also started a Facebook page for the community as well. There’s currently a contest taking place to help get your project funded too. It’s all about helping each other! You can also leave a comment here on this post with a link to YOUR Donors Choose project and tell us a little about it.
Whether you choose to donate through my page or one of the countless others, I’m excited to see what we can do together!