MANCHESTER, NH – There probably has never been a time when teachers haven’t spent their own on money on resources for their students and classrooms. Traditional school fundraisers – including the bake sales we know and love – still help fill the financial gap for large purchases and wish lists, but many teachers have turned to a relatively new way to raise money.
Online fundraising sites are connecting educators with thousands of people who want to help them get what they need. Whether they’re looking for school supplies, technology, classroom furniture, or want to take their students on an incredible field trip, teachers now have several options for collecting cash donations.
Among them are AdoptAClassroom.org, DonorsChoose.org, and DigitalWish.com. Most sites work the same way: Teachers go online to register a request, including the cost. Donors can contribute any amount of money toward the project. In that way, some requests are fulfilled with the collective contributions of multiple donors, while others might be paid for by one generous donor.
These sites are working to fill the gaps – just ask Kathy Rossi, a first grade teacher at Wilson Elementary School. She uses AdoptAClassroom.org to raise money for all kinds of things, and since 2009, Mrs. Rossi has received $2,750. Some of the items she has purchased are rugs for circle time and classroom library area, various school supplies, a subscription to TIME for Kids, and an incubator with an egg turner, along with research materials about the life cycle of a chicken.
If you’re looking for a meaningful way to support education in New Hampshire – especially here in Manchester – check the above links and consider making a donation.