Tuesday, August 19, 2008

DonorsChoose.org. Great Way to get Class Materials

Today, I submitted my first DonorsChoose.org grant for the school year. I submitted a need for a video camera and tripod for my classroom. I've had great success in the past with DonorsChoose.org grants. Over the past three years donors have bought some excellent technology for my classroom. Thanks to the generosity of various donors, my classroom has been equipped with a Bluetooth wireless keyboard/mouse, a XGA TV converter, a USB 1GB memory stick, a presentation remote, and a TI-Presenter. I haven't been awarded every request, but its certainly paid off to keep trying. DonorsChoose outright tells you that requests costing less than $400 have the best chance of being funded. This has proven very true in my experience. I have applied for other grant opportunities with no success. I will continue to try for these other grants, but I strongly recommend that every eligible teacher appeal to donors on DonorsChoose.org to get what you need for your classroom. I also recommend starting small so that you build momentum toward getting higher priced items.

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