***UPDATE 4.0: GUYS, my students were fully-funded in less than 24 hours. How do you say thank you for that kind of generosity. Most of my students don’t get out of this county….ever, but with your help (coming mostly from the Northern states) maybe students will see that the big world out there isn’t as scary as they first thought. There are still kind, wonderful people out there who are willing to give money to people they may never see just for the bright, happy smiles it will put on their faces. My students next semester and the next semester and until these binders completely wear-out are going to be forever changed by your donation. You just made a child happy, you should be beyond proud of that. That’s the greatest thank you I can give, the thank you that my students will feel loved.
PS. Erin, you rock. Thank you for continuing to give even when the project was funded. I’m amazed by the kindness.
***Update 3.0: The girls have come out full force folks. Kate (and her husband Adam), Amy, Katie, Margaret, you’re angels, seriously. I am thankful for each of you so very much. We only have $41 left to reach this goal for every child who walks through my classroom to have a binder. Everyone who has thought about my students, donated, or sent up a quick prayer for my county, you have lit my world aflame with how quick, how generous, and how kind the world still is. This is why we carry our cups half full. Thank you.
***Update 2.0: Thanks to two more wonderful people, we only need $178 more! Thank you, thank you. My students and I are so blessed.
***Update: Thanks to two beautiful ladies, we only need $253 more!
If you watch The Colbert Report or the Oprah Winfrey network, then you’ve probably heard about Donor’s Choose. Donor’s Choose is a place for educators to get funding for projects within their classroom.
This week my project was posted for my small town classroom. I’m looking for $375 in donations to buy every single one of my students a binder. I would love to be sitting here asking you for a musical instrument, some sort of poetry wheel-of-fortune game, or more technology for my classroom like a class set of kindles, but right now my students need the basics. I will use your donations to fund every student a binder and if I get my project funded, I will also be buying (personally) every single one of my students a notebook, pencils and a pack of notecards.
It’s no secret that I teach in a high poverty area. According to City-Data, 43% of the people living in my small town are below the poverty line. You can see that devastation when the state is 21% below the poverty line which is still really high. My small town had a very large factory and industrial scene a few years ago, but unfortunately most of that shut down and moved overseas. I am looking to help my students and their families in any small way that we can. It’s that “EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS” mentality. These binders are going to make it that much easier on the parents when it comes to school supply shopping and I also plan to recycle them year-to-year to keep giving to more students.
My project will appear on Donor’s Choose for 4 months, but for THIS WEEK ONLY Donor’s Choose will match any donations (to the dollar) that people make as long as they type in the checkout code of INSPIRE when they donate. This is me begging you to donate to my classroom. I can promise in return that you will help teach the next generation the organization and responsibility skills that they so desperately need. You will get them off their cellphones and into their books. You will teach my students in particular that people out there believe in them. There is a link to the right if you click the donor’s choose icon in my sidebars to my page.
I’m not sure if I’ve shared this story on the blog, but I once had a fellow teacher tell me that “we weren’t teaching the future of America.” My students may not all be on grade-level for reading, they may come to me vastly behind the nation, and they may not be confident in their abilities to make it to college on anything other than a sport’s scholarship, but by the end of the year, with your support and mine, we can make them believe in the power of education. This is me begging you to please help in purchasing just one binder for a student at the price of $4.
If you donate, you will receive:
- A letter from my students (probably more like a rap from my students. I’ll do an Edgar Allen Poe thing with them).
- You will be able to see their happy faces with their bright, shiny, new binders.
- You will be supporting the education of small-town America who aren’t often heard.
- You will get a big “thank you” banner above my classroom door so that my students can look up and see the people that are thinking about them.
- I will personally write an organization rap and post it on this blog (if I still can, I may not have video anymore), but if not, I will send you my rapping skill via the interwebs.