18 September 2009

Only The Good Friday - Donor's Choose

It's been a while since I did something for Shelly's "Only The Good" Friday on This Eclectic Life, but I happened to come across a charity that is truly wonderful for anyone who cares about children, education, and schools.

The average teacher pays out several hundred dollars a year out of their own pockets for classroom supplies.  In the current economic climate with budgets even more constrained, conditions are worse than ever.  In addition, there are those "nice to haves" that parents in wealthier areas often donate to their schools that teachers and classrooms in less affluent districts never see.

Donor's Choice allows you to select a project and pledge any amount you can afford until the target is met.  You can select by location from state to city to a specific school, or you can choose from a variety of subjects.  If you are a music lover and want to encourage a classroom that needs replacement strings for guitars, then that is what you select.

Each project has a full write up with details of the location, the need, the money raised so far, and the comments of those who have already given towards the goal.  Some of those comments are funny, sad, or tender and filled with memories of a childhood event or goal that the kindness of strangers helped fulfill.


This Eclectic Life said...

What a wonderful project! Because I talk to teachers regularly, I know exactly how difficult it can be to have the supplies that the kiddos need. Great "good" for Friday! Hope your weekend is wonderful.

Travis said...

Teachers have to buy their own supplies? I had no idea. That doesn't seem right.

I shall look into this Donor's Choice.