Friday, September 16, 2005

Donors Choose

If anyone reads this blog . . . I strongly encourage you to go to
Donors Choose to make a donation this month. Donors Choose is a fabulous charity that allows you to give to classrooms in need--i.e., classrooms in schools that can't even afford basic instructional materials like dictionaries or microscopes. We shouldn't even have problems like that in this country, but we do, and Donors Choose is helping to fix them.

The best thing about Donors Choose is that it allows school teachers to formulate proposals for exactly what materials they need in their classroom; donors can then decide exactly how they want their donation to be used. Were you an English major? You can choose to donate to a teacher who needs a set of Shakespeare's plays in his class. Are you an engineer? You can choose to donate to a teacher who needs calculators for her math students. There is a wide variety of teacher proposals so you can pick the project you want your money to go to.

You don't even have to give all that much. I'm a student; I know what it's like to live on a shoestring. But even when you're poor, it's not too much of a hardship to give up one meal at Jason's Deli or Burger King and give the $5 you would have spent on eating out to a classroom where kids' education will really benefit from the money.

And, to make you feel even better than you already will about giving to students and teachers who will really appreciate and benefit from your donation, both the teacher and his or her students will write you thank you notes and send you pictures of the materials your donations helped buy, in action in the classroom. It's great.

I encourage you to give to Donors Choose some time before September 30. They have been recognized as one of the ten most innovative organizations in the world, and have been nominated for the Amazon Innovation Award. Whichever of the 10 organizations raises the most money before Sept. 30, Amazon will match the amount up to $1 million. It would be super if that $1 million could go towards the education of underprivileged kids in this country.

Now go and give and feel good about yourself!


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