Escalante Elementary Loves Donors Choose

  • students using sketchbooks

If you haven’t already heard of it, Donors Choose is a national giving program started by a teacher from New York. Recognizing that all schools should have equally good resources, this teacher created a web site that allows other teachers to post projects that they need funded.

At Escalante Elementary, we have teachers at all grade levels applying throughout the year. We are also fortunate to be eligible for a big, beginning of the year funding sweep through Chevron’s Fuel Your Schools program which funds projects up to $1000. This is how the Artroom received beautiful sketchbooks and drawing supplies for every third grade student for the last four years.

In 1st Grade Ms. Robinson was able to purchase flexible seating for her students which gives her students different seating options and means they can choose the right workspace for them.

But teachers at our school have also been successful with smaller asks throughout the year that are sometimes funded by corporations, but many times by individuals throughout the United States who can “shop” through a variety of projects and fund them in part or whole.

Mrs. Corzo in the 3rd grade has projects funded throughout the year, most recently to obtain classroom sets of chapter books so her whole class can read together.

Mrs. Brown put together a project for her 4th grade students that brings them printed scholastic materials, “I believe that students are exposed to so much technology that they no longer see magazines, newspapers, and printed articles. I wanted these Scholastic magazines so that my students could read and write about things going on in the world to become more educated citizens as well as better readers and writers.”

Thanks to Donors Choose for an easy to use platform that helps Escalante Elementary get the resources we need.

Author: Megan Hallett, Escalante Elementary

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