Google is matching up to $1MM for donations to DonorsChoose.org (students in need) #ForEveryKid

Happy Holidays everyone. I’m sure many of you are tired of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and your wallets are a little lighter after the spending binge. I truly hope you all got spectacular deals on incredible products, either for yourselves or for a loved one.

Now that it is December, the time is upon us to get in the spirit of giving.

One of my very favorite things about Google is their commitment to making a difference in the world. At the very bottom of the Santa Tracker webpage, Google is asking for people to get in the holiday spirit by donating to DonorsChoose.org. Not everyone is fortunate enough to splurge during the Black Friday weekend and some kids don’t even have access to simple school supplies.

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#ForEveryKid (From Google)

“Help fund a special project on DonorsChoose.org. This December, we’re helping to double the impact by matching donations by 50%, until we reach our goal of donating US$1,000,000. Together, we can make classrooms more inclusive #ForEveryKid

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How does it work?

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.

When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You’ll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you’ll also receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.

Is there a minimum donation?

You can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions.

What kinds of schools do you serve?

K-12 public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including public charter schools.

How did DonorsChoose.org start?

Charles Best, a new social studies teacher in the Bronx, often talked with his colleagues about materials and experiences they wanted their students to have, but which they had no funding to support. He created DonorsChoose.org in 2000 so that individuals could connect directly with classrooms in need. Check out our fun timeline.

Are gifts tax-deductible?

As a 501(c)3 charity, donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of US law. Our federal tax ID # is 13-4129457.

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I know not everyone is fortunate enough to be in a position to donate money, but the holiday season is about giving, and even if you can donate time at your local food bank, homeless shelter, or even just helping a neighbor rake leaves, take the time to do something nice for someone. But if you are fortunate enough to donate money, help support DonorsChoose.org and Google will match %50 of every dollar raised to help students in need.

You can fund projects in your local communities, or you can give to projects hundreds of miles away.

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Some projects ask for as little as $555, such as this one where a teacher is asking for support to pay for simple school supplies. The funding will provide basic supplies for her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade special education students. The project just needs $203 to be funded half way and Google will take care of the rest.

Edit 12/2/2015 FUNDED!

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Or this project which needs just $69 to reach its goal:

Learning With Autism: A Safe Place To Grow

My students need tools to help focus their minds and calm their bodies to be ready to learn. Other students in the class need books to build empathy and understanding.

Edit 12/2/2015 FUNDED!

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Or this project from Ms. Lukosavich at Ravenswood Elementary School where she is asking for funding for a simple interactive whiteboard: (LINK)

Update: Fully funded within 24 hours!

Come on Androidguys readers, lets get this one funded too!

My students need an interactive whiteboard to meet their need for highly visual instruction that also includes opportunities for tactile manipulation.

My Students (from Ms. Lukosavich)

The one-size-fits all model of education doesn’t work. Assuming that what works for the majority of the class is the best practice is wrong. Do we only care about the majority of the class, or do we care about all of our students? And if we want them all to learn, what are we doing to reach them all?

I ask myself the above question daily and sometimes I don’t have a great answer.

I know what my amazing special education students need in order to learn. They require information to be presented in visual formats (pictures, diagrams, videos, etc) and they need opportunities for using manipulatives (hands on-spelling activities; counters, geometric shapes, and algebra tiles in math; interactive timelines and maps in social studies, etc.). If they’re going to master content and skills, they also need to be invested in their learning, which requires them to be excited and interested in it. However, despite understanding that these are their needs, I don’t have access to the tools and programs that would meet these requirements. I don’t have the hands-on games and manipulatives that their IEPs recommend. I also have very limited ways to present visual information to my students.

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I know Androidguys doesn’t have the reach that sites like Engadget and Android Central have, but if you could help pass this message along to everyone you know, we can help kids by funding one, two, three or maybe even hundreds of projects. Every dollar counts. #ForEveryKid

Let’s aim to get most of these projects funded before Santa comes on the 25th.

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