DonorsChoose.org funds classroom projects when limited budgets can’t

Do you need more supplies or technology for your classroom? Do you have a project in mind for your students, but you don’t have the funding to do it because school budgets are so tight?

DonorsChoose.org can help! You can share your classroom needs with supporters who can make your project a reality. All you have to do is identify the exact items you need and their cost; describe how the project will benefit your students; then people, companies and foundations across the country can donate online to your cause. When projects are fully funded, DonorsChoose.org ships the materials directly to you.

Go to DonorsChoose.org to read about the hundreds of projects across Michigan registered with the group and waiting for funding. For example, there’s the Lansing elementary classroom that needs to replace broken computer tables and computers; or the Iron Mountain first-grade classroom looking for non-fiction level books and a cart on which to store them; and the Canton High school biomedical class hoping for a sub-zero freezer to store cells and tissue samples.

DonorsChoose.org is a non-profit website begun in 2000 by a classroom teacher with the purpose of connecting individual donors with individual projects, classrooms and teachers. Since then, more than 187,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to receive funding for $243 million in books, arts supplies, technology and other resources that have helped 11.4 million students. NEA, Horace Mann insurance and Staples are sponsors of the program. Staples is giving $1 million to Donors Choose.org and giving you an opportunity to win tickets to meet Katy Perry in Los Angeles and attend one of her Prismatic Tour concerts of your choosing. Your purchase of back-to-school supplies at Staples gets you an entry code to use so you can register at www.staples.com/katytickets. The offer is good until Sept. 25.