On AiP, one of the issues that concerns me is that lack of resources available to students. While I find the greatest danger in the inequitable divide of technological resources, any deficiency is a disservice to young minds. That is why AiP will be participating in DonorsChoose this year.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity connecting individuals, like you, to classrooms in need. The average public school teacher spends $500 - $700 on classroom supplies out of his/her own pocket, and students still go without critical supplies they need to learn. So this website is great, because teachers can post requests, like microscopes, DNA kits, even field trips to the zoo, and you can help fund them!
Earlier this year, a coworker of mine brought in her child's school supply list. It included basic supplies meant to be shared by the class: paper towels, pencils, notebooks, printer paper, etc. It was eye opening and alarming—if schools need dictionaries and thesauruses for students, what else are they lacking?
While I've chosen to target New York schools, you can donate to any project you like—it all counts! And whatever you can contribute to creating a better learning environment is helpful.
What can you do?
- Donate! As little as $5.00 can go toward a classroom in need.
- Spread the word! The DonorsChoose banner at the top of the page will be available from October 10th through November 9th. Share the link with others and let's make a difference!