DonorsChoose.org is a crowdfunding site that allows public school teachers to fund projects for their students.
The site claims to have funded more than 595,000 projects, thanks to the benevolence of more than 1.7 million supports. Moreover, the site claims to have impacted nearly 15 million students and that 70 percent of projects get fully funded. To date, according to the site, more than $336 million has been raised.
To create a project, a teacher creates an account and requests their supplies, books or technology. DonorsChoose.org, which is a 501c(3) charity, then sources the items requested, verifies their cost and lists the project. If the project is funded, the items are shipped directly to the school.
If a project does not reach full funding before the listing expires, according to the program’s website, donors get their donations returned as account credits. They can use the credits to help out a different project or to send the teacher they originally supported a DonorsChoose.org gift card.
There are 27 active local projects as of Saturday morning ‒ 25 among Worcester public schools, one at Abby Kelley Foster Charter School and one at Woodward Day School on McKeon Road, a program of the Central Mass. Special Education Collaborative.
Among Worcester public schools, Gates Lane School of International Studies and Vernon Hill School have four active projects each. Doherty High, Goddard School of Science and Technology, Norrback Avenue School, Sullivan Middle School and Woodland Academy have two each. Burncoat High, Chandler Magnet, Claremont Academy, Grafton Street School, North High, Rice Square School and Tatnuck Magnet have one each.
It would take $21,743.55 to fully fund all 27 projects.
Twelve of the 27 projects have less than $500 remaining to be fully funded; 21, less than $1,000.
Nine of the projects have received no funding at all.
The 27 projects are listed below. To see them all click here.
Multiple attempts to reach Schools Superintendent Dr. Melinda Boone for comment were unsuccessful.
|Abby Kelley Foster Charter||Mrs. Wasgatt||Partner Learning Is So Much Fun!||$990.54||$129.66|
|Burncoat High School||Mrs. Barter||Oh , The Places We Want to Go||$634.19||$634.19|
|Chandler Magnet||Ms. Senior||Interactive Subscription And Teacher Resources||$1,663.99||$1,663.99|
|Claremont Academy||Ms. Pouliot||Being A Scientist||$1,287.93||$82.05|
|Doherty High||Mr. Burns||English Language Learners Access in the Biology classroom||$524.87||$236.12|
|Doherty High||Mrs. Hammer||Promoting English Literacy and Content in the ESL Classroom||$897.42||$793.01|
|Gates Lane School||Mrs. McCarty||Autistic Students CAN with iPads||$2,184.66||$2,134.66|
|Gates Lane School||Mrs. McCarty||Autistic Students Get Smarter Together with Live Butterflies||$545.84||$222.92|
|Gates Lane School||Mrs. Rakic’s||Getting to the Core!||$511.69||$511.69|
|Gates Lane School||Mrs. Rakic’s||Read To Succeed!||$261.18||$261.18|
|Goddard School||Mrs. Colautti’s||Classroom Essentials||$999.39||$949.39|
|Goddard School||Mrs. Weeks||Superflex Project||$461.82||$403.00|
|Grafton Street School||Mrs. Leduc||Closing the Gap through Global Awareness||$2,064.27||$1,855.45|
|Norrback Ave. School||Mrs. Polito||Reading Resources Needed!||$394.58||$335.75|
|Norrback Ave. School||Mrs. P||Science Resources Needed – Smarter, Together!||$1,204.01||$1,204.01|
|North High||Mrs. DiStefano||Standing for Success||$487.71||$487.71|
|Rice Square School||Ms. Torres||Support My Kindergarten Classroom!||$368.06||$158.06|
|Sullivan Middle School||Mrs. Lord||…and Everything in Its Place||$3,517.34||$3,372.67|
|Sullivan Middle School||Ms. Cook||Ukes for Youths!||$1,271.42||$782.46|
|Tatnuck Magnet||Mr. Tozer||Better Than a Smart Board||$859.49||$470.67|
|Vernon Hill School||Mrs. DeVito||New Furniture For A Whole New Look For Our Classroom!||$604.81||$579.81|
|Vernon Hill School||Mrs. DeVito||New Furniture For A Whole New Look For Our Classroom-Part 2||$604.81||$604.81|
|Vernon Hill School||Mrs. DeVito||New Furniture For A Whole New Look for Our Classroom-Part 3||$604.81||$554.81|
|Vernon Hill School||Mrs. DeVito||We Need A Laminating Machine PLEASE!||$786.09||$786.09|
|Woodland Academy||Mrs. Dorant||Interactive Math and Science Notebooks||$174.34||$174.34|
|Woodland Academy||Ms. Ansdell||Let’s Speak! Language & Literacy||$408.96||$258.38|
|Woodward Day School||Mr. Sposato||Graphing for Success||$2,116.78||$2,096.78|