Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Donors Choose

    The last few years, I've been fortunate to have received several Donors Choose grants.  For those of you who don't know, Donors Choose is a wonderful website where teachers can post requests for funding of specific projects, and groups or individuals can donate to those projects.  If enough people donate, the project is funded and Donors Choose purchases and sends the materials.  It's sort of like Christmas!  I write the grants for teachers in my school and have included requests for sets of magnetic letters, audiobook libraries, a CD/tape recorder, a digital flip camera, and the most recent, an iPad.
I can't speak highly enough for those who donate---in times of budget deficits and struggles, these people validate everything that we try to do in the classroom with children! 

Click here for a look at my completed project.

One group right here in Chapel Hill who has consistently provided funding for my projects and for other projects in the Chapel Hill school system is The Chapel Hill Golden Tarheel Kiwanis Club.  I've actually never met these generous souls, but I see the name of the group on the list of donors frequently.  We had the kids today write thank you cards to them for funding the iPad--cards will be sent to the main Donors Choose office who will forward them to the Kiwanis Club.  I hope they enjoy reading them as much as I've helped the children make them!  My wonderful co-worker and speech pathologist, TJ, also had one of her students make a cute little card.

Cute little letter!

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