As a teacher of 8 years, I genuinely “get it”. I know how hard the public school system is. I was so excited to see so many of your comments with suggestions for classrooms deserving of this help. It was extremely difficult for me to try to choose a select few to support, especially feeling like this $200 was such a drop in the ocean compared to the need.
However, something encouraging I found was from the time I posted the video, to the time I set to make donations, many of the projects had been 100% filled. Almost half of them raised all the money they needed before I could get there! This made me so overjoyed.
I chose to give $20 to 10 classrooms as a way of spending the $200. Is $20 a lot? No. But it’s something. And a bunch of little somethings add up to a huge blessing for kids in need. <3
1) Tasha is a subscriber of mine (also a teacher) and she shared Mrs. A’s classroom of special education students who need to learn in a hand-on and visual way, and they don’t even have a classroom projector.
2) Mrs. B works in a high-poverty school and needs non-fiction reading for her students.
3) Mrs. C’s book project in California. These are 3rd graders, the age that has been shown to decide your future as a reader and life-longer learner. Let’s get them reading!!!
4) Mrs. H’s classroom in NC. This is a very rural area with a large non-English speaking, Hispanic population. My students have iPads at my school, so I know the learning impact these can have, and how much can come from them, but also how crucial they are in helping with a language barrier.
5) Mrs. V is one of my subscribers! She teaches Pre-K students in high-poverty Title I, where gangs, poverty and violence are in close proximity. So happy to support her classroom. Love ya, girl!
6) Mrs. L’s school is in need of two iPad minis. It is located in the poorest Congressional District in the nation and specifically most students are living at or below the poverty line, receive free lunch, many are homeless, living in shelters and an increasing population of students are new immigrants from Latin America and Africa who are struggling with English. This project to purchase two iPads for the classroom (just 2 for an entire classroom!) is nearly funded. They are so, so close to their goal!
7) This is for Mrs. V’s class in NY to support their music program and help send some awesome kiddos to American Young Voices Children’s Choir!
8) Mrs. B’s classroom is in need of a document camera for her students with severe communication abilities and autism. She teaches 2nd grade. What a fantastic resource for them!
9) Mrs. S’s elementary students need art supplies! Watercolors, paint brushes…so they can study the masters and explore the arts. Love it!
10) Mr. H’s room needs to purchase rocket kits. Let’s instill the importance of science in our kids.
It felt so good to give to these wonderful teachers! Many of these teachers have already written me kind thank-you responses, just to say that they appreciated our support.
If you feel called to help, these are some fantastic classrooms worth supporting!