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Monday, May 7, 2018

These Classroom-Focused Charities Get an A+


Most of us can still name our favorite teacher, what they taught, and how they made learning fun. Some of us can even describe their classroom -- how they arranged the desks, what books they laid out, and the way they decorated. Often, our teachers have an impact on us beyond the subjects they teach.

Today kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week. Show some love for the men and women teaching and training our next generation. Consider supporting a highly-rated organization supporting teachers and providing the supplies and opportunities they need to make their classrooms hubs of learning and exploration for their students.

DonorsChoose.org
☆☆☆ + Impact
An online charity connecting you to classrooms in need

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org allows citizen philanthropists to fund specific project requests from teachers in U.S. public schools. We make it personal: donors choose a project that moves them, and then they hear back from the classroom with photos and updates. DonorsChoose.org validates the project request and purchases the resources for the teacher. To date, we have funded over 400,000 classroom projects to bring learning alive for students, providing more than 11 million children with books, technology, supplies, funding for field trips or class visitors, and other resources. Our vision is of a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.

RAFT
☆☆☆
Inspiring hands-on learning

Founded in 1994, the RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) mission is to help educators transform a child's learning experience through hands-on education to inspire the joy and discovery of learning. 

We provide educators and community groups with creative ideas, materials, and training to promote hands-on learning in science, math, technology, and art. 

To learn 21st-century skills - critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration - students need to be actively engaged in solving meaningful problems. RAFT connects thousands of educators with the inspiration and affordable resources students need to work, think, innovate and learn creatively.

AdoptAClassroom.org
☆☆☆
We give teachers a hand

AdoptAClassroom.org gives teachers a hand by providing needed classroom materials so that students can succeed.

It is estimated that more than 15 million children don't have the resources they need to succeed in school and that teachers spend more than $1 billion a year stocking their own classrooms due to a lack of funding in schools. Supporting K-12th-grade students, including public, private, and charter school classrooms, AdoptAClassroom.org makes it easy for donors to provide funding and support to classrooms throughout America. Teachers register their classrooms and needs online; donors discover classrooms through simple search tools and make targeted contributions. As an award-winning 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are able to connect donors with every classroom in the country.

Crayons to Computers
☆☆☆
A free store for teachers

Crayons to Computers (C2C) was chartered in 1996 to serve the educational and imaginative needs of children in the greater Cincinnati area. C2C distributes donated, value purchased, and created product through our teacher's free store. Full-time certified teachers from public, parochial, or private schools may shop for free if a high percentage of their students participate in the free or reduced-price lunch program. C2C serves 245 eligible schools in 16 counties of Greater Cincinnati. C2C distributed $11.5 million worth of free school supplies to local classrooms through 18,971 teacher visits during the 2009-2010 school year.

Classroom Central
☆☆☆ + Impact
Helping create a world of endless possibilities for our students

Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies. Classroom Central ensures that all children living in poverty have all the tools they need to not only learn but to succeed. When equipped with the proper supplies, we believe there's no limit to what children can achieve. Classroom Central serves high-poverty schools in six school districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis & Lancaster.

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