Friday, November 7, 2014

Paycheck Spent On Your Classroom? Get What Students Need In 4 Easy No Cost Steps PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

Stay tuned to the end of this post for a giveaway! 

Fellow teacher bloggers talk about it and have success. Melinda Gates and Katie Couric can’t stop talking about it. 

It made Oprah’s favorite list.  

And let me just say, I am a HUGE Oprah fanatic.  Like HUGE.    

Yet I still wasn’t convinced.

Why didn’t I run right to the website?  Sign up?  Get on board?  And what exactly am I talking about?

Donor’s Choose. is a way for public school teachers to post a classroom project and request and then wonderful people can give any amount to the project.  

Great concept.  Yet why have I never jumped on board?    

My inner skeptic asks:

Is it easy?   Are my chances at getting what I want very slim?  I imagine the teachers who get funded are from low income schools.  There is probably a time consuming Donors Choose obligation after I receive my request.  And surely, there is a packet of paperwork to fill out, and I have no time for that.  The things I request won’t be delivered until next year. 

Bottom Line:  Is it worth my time?  Without really looking into it.  The sceptic in me won, hands down.  I answered, NO.

Now I know the real scoop. I had the pleasure of interviewing Lindsey from the blog Thriving In Third.  She has successfully used Donor’s Choose and broke the process down nice and simple.  Listen to our interview. 

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Easy steps: 1) Post classroom project request on Donors Choose
                    2) Shipped to you, when a project reaches its funding goal
                    3) Write a letter: thank the donors and explain how money was spent
                            (over $50 received, students write thank you to donors posted for donors
                            to see.)
                    4) Send a picture of project in action

As our students like to say: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

Your school, students, principal and parents will have an Oprah ah ha moment when they realize you made something wonderful happen for the school.

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