The Issue: Teachers Covering Supplies Out-of-Pocket
During the 2009–2010 school year, public schoolteachers spent more than $1.33 billion out-of-pocket on school supplies and instructional materials, according to an article in the Journal. Individual teachers spent an average of $356 of their own money on resources that included software and paper-based teaching aids, pencils, paper, and arts and crafts supplies. Yet, according the same article, this number is a decline from recent years. The pinch of the recession has affected teachers as much as their schools' budgets, making it more difficult for children to benefit from imaginative and engaging lessons.
The Campaign: Funding Projects for Schoolchildren
For every $10 you donate through this Grassroots campaign, you will receive online credit to use on DonorsChoose.org, thanks to matching donations from an anonymous donor. All donations up to a $100,000 total will be matched. All $10 donations will be channeled to fund to high poverty projects on the website. Donors then use this credit on the DonorsChoose.org website to fund school projects of their choice, including projects that explore 3-D printing or mathematics. Schoolteachers post these projects on the site, requesting funds form specific activities and supplies, such as museum field trips, a science-magazine subscription, or a digital camera to produce films.