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Monday, February 19, 2007

At Donors Choose, teachers place free ads for what their classroom needs. For example, one North Carolina teacher had the interesting idea to have all his students write their answers to a question on a dryerase board, so he can at a flash see how many students understand what he just taught. Instead of, say, calling on one student while the others pass notes. The flash boards will cost $357 he doesn't have (55% of his students are from low income families), so he is asking for donations.

This is a cool site. It shortcircuits charity administration fees, school paperwork, and geography. And some of the ideas are experimental, not to say (r)evolutionary. Check it out if you've got a bit of money to spare, or just want to do good.

Offer not available in stores. Or to non-US citizens, alas.



Thank you! I need so many things but my kids are low-income too.

People really do underestimate how much money can improve an education simply through things like construction paper and overhead pens.

By Blogger Emily Blake, at 1:23 PM  

Very cool. I have three teacher friends in the U.S. who I've sent the links too. I also emailed the head office to see if there's a Canadian counterpart in the works ... that's something I'd be willing to put volunteer time into for sure.

By Blogger CAROLINE, at 3:20 PM  

caroline -- our closest Canadian counterpart is GiveMeaning. Thanks!

By Blogger ME-L, at 10:12 AM  

I got this note from them, now that the project is funded, thanks to all you good hearted people:

"Flash Me Now" is now becoming a reality for the students of Mrs. Horner. You can expect feedback on this proposal by 06/04/2007. In the meantime, Mrs. Horner wrote you this note:

Dear Alex Epstein,

Thank you so very much for your generosity. I am so excited to tell my class about our supplies that are on the way. I have already planned on using them for so many things. Finally, everyone will be able to participate at the same time and have fun without being embarrassed to get the wrong answers. I will be able to quickly assess each child and know who needs additional help easily. Again, thank you so very much.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 11:54 PM  

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