DonorsChoose.org & Caring Classrooms

Caring-ClassroomsOver the past two years, I have been posting projects on Donorschoose.org, a website for teachers to crowdfund projects for their classrooms. I time my projects just right to maximize donations by receiving special offers from companies that provide incentives. Some were half-off promotions (half of the project is funded by the sponsoring company), almost-home offers (all but $98 is funded by the sponsoring company), and even full-funding by complete surprise. I often complete tasks to receive gift cards for Donorschoose.org as well! It has been a fantastic way to add materials to my classroom for my students. My students benefit from more hands-on learning experiences that would otherwise be impossible.

Caring Classrooms is a community that helps teachers “pay it forward” by funding projects for each other through Donorschoose.org. From the Caring Classrooms site:

How can you get YOUR project added to my Caring Classroomsgiving page? First, become a member by making a small donation to someone else’s project that’s on the giving page, even if it’s only a few dollars. Then like my Teaching Resources Facebook Page and look for the call for projects that goes out on Sunday morning as a part of Fund-day Sunday. The message goes out at 8 a.m. EST and teachers can add their projects links under that post any time during the day on Sunday.

Then on Monday morning, I’ll review the projects and choose at least two projects that each receive a donation from me. From now on, I’ll also add those projects to my Caring Classrooms page where I can continue to promote them to help them get fully funded. I’ve decided to limit the number of projects featured on the giving page to no more than ten at one time so we can focus our energies on helping them to get funded. As projects get funded and move to the “Completed Projects” tab, I’ll choose new ones to feature on the page.

I am very fortunate and proud to announce that I just received full-funding from the Caring Classrooms community for my Lego wall project! Seventy donors made this project come to life for me. This fall, I will be building (with the help of my husband) a movable Lego wall for my students to use in our classroom Makerspace. It will be such a great addition to my classroom and I look forward to sharing photos of it with you!

DonorsChooseI still have another open project on Donorschoose.org, if you’d like to consider a donation! This project is for board games that teach financial literacy concepts. I love technology, but I feel that it is important for students to “unplug” every once in a while and be social with each other. What better way to do that than by playing some great board games, while reinforcing financial and economic concepts?! If you are interested in making a donation, even a $1 would help, please visit the link below. Thank you!

Current project: Playing our way to financial literacy!

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