How True/Slant is celebrating the holidays
I finally figured out why I like DonorsChoose.org so much. It’s a cross between an online dating service, craigslist and a charity. Immediate proof here on our True/Slant Giving Page; deductive reasoning below.
A couple of days ago True/Slant contributor Michael Salmonowicz wrote about DonorsChoose.org, an online charity connecting individual donors to classrooms in need. Michael made a donation to help a fourth grade class get a subscription to an educational magazine. He posted part of the note he received from one of the fourth graders:
Did you know a reticulated python is 35 feet long? Did you know that French people sleep longer than people from other countries? These are a few of the interesting facts I learned from reading Time For Kids.”
A couple of months ago, I made a donation to help an all-girl inner city public high school class attend a student performance of “Lincoln, Armstrong to Obama: American History through Jazz.” Below is the thank-you note I received from the “fun, spunky, outgoing Spanish teacher looking to take her students on a musical journey through history.”
Yay! We did it! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to funding our class trip. It is quite inspiring to see so many people getting involved to help improve and enrich education for our children.
The students cannot wait to go to the performance. Some students are not too familiar with jazz but love music, so this will be a great opportunity for them to extend their musical repertoire while learning about American history.
Thanks again for all your support! Stay tuned for the pictures (coming after 01/08/10 since that is the date of the performance).
On DonorsChoose.org, the teachers post their requests themselves. You get a sense of their personality and teaching style, and they often include pictures of their students. That’s the online dating service part. You get to scroll through the projects, listings from all over the country. That’s the craigslist part. Then you can select a project to support to help them reach their goal. That’s the charity part.
The average public school teacher spends $500 – $700 on classroom supplies out of his or her own pocket, and students still go without critical supplies they need to learn. We’ve created a True/Slant Giving Page at DonorsChoose.org to help support these low-income classrooms. On our Giving Page you’ll see requests that range from the necessary to the imaginative, including pencil sharpeners, paper, books, art supplies, a rug to sit on for story time and a basketball hoop. You can select a project, help fund it, and make a real difference to the kids and the teachers. One day they’re sitting on the cold floor. The next day they could be sitting on a map-of-the-world rug.
This is how we’re celebrating the holidays at True/Slant. We all have teachers we remember, that one teacher who made such a strong impression it’s stayed with us forever. We want other kids to experience that, to have an a-ha moment or two in the classroom, to embrace and enjoy learning. After all, that’s what we do every day here at True/Slant. We learn from one another, from our contributors and from our readers (who also contribute through comments).
We ‘d like to invite all of you to join us by visiting our Giving Page to make a donation or purchasing a Giving Card so your friends and family can participate. If you’d like to support this effort, please include the following at the end of your blog posts, emails, in Twitter and Facebook updates, smoke signals and skywriting:
A bright and happy holiday to all, from all of us at True/Slant.