Donorschoose.org is a website dedicated to connecting innovative, passionate teachers with potential funders. Educators post ideas for classroom projects and units, request specific materials, and then publish those requests to the website. Donors are then able to search for projects that interest them, whether they are looking to fund something local, help out in a specific subject area, or focus on high-need schools. When a project is fully-funded, Donors Choose orders the materials and has them shipped directly to the teacher. In recognition of each donor's gift, students from the recipient classroom write thank-you notes and take pictures of how the materials have improved their school experience. Several teachers at EDCO Youth Alternative have completed projects through Donorschoose.org, with all teachers combined having an astounding 24 requests fully funded just in the past four years, and still counting! Educators have received materials ranging from a dry-erase board to novels for English class to chemistry lab materials to personal journals and assignment books. Current project requests and teacher profiles can be found in the links below.
EDCO on DonorsChoose.orgEDCO's Current Projects
Amber's Classroom Page
Will's Classroom Page