How to Fundraise for your Class!

Have you heard about DonorsChoose.com?  

This is a crowd funding website where teachers/club organizers can post projects to raise funds for materials that support learning.

 

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Here students use the “Snaptricity” learning center.

 

There are many materials my students need to increase learning opportunities.  Before DonorsChoose, I would purchase the materials myself; however, over the past five years, I’ve been able to fundraise for my students via the DonorsChoose program.  

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My past projects included raising funds for: personal student headphones and storage bags, classroom printers and ink, and a SeaLife field trip that included transportation.  

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LEGOS are always a great way to engage students in learning.

 

This year I was able to get 3 projects funded: STEM learning materials, art materials, 3D printer with filament, and 3D doodle pens with filament.  Since I teach a project based learning technology platform, my students need materials to support learning in this unique way.  

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Gravity maze gets the brain problem solving to move a marble from the top floor to the bottom floor.

Below are more pictures of students working with the first DonorsChoose STEM project that was fully funded in September. Here you will see a variety of STEM related materials in action. Before I use these materials for learning, I let students engage in exploration, collaboration and project creation, and simply use their imagination to problem solve with the materials.

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Another LEGO creation area.

 

The inspiration has just begun. It is quite amazing to see how the workmanship has evolved from basic to more detailed structures as noted in the pictures below.



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Snaptricity and LEGOS are popular learning materials.



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Students use the Tinkercad online building program to design their projects from scratch. Using basic 3D shapes students begin their project. A huge learning curve for students involved measurement – in metrics – NOT the US customary system. Using metrics has helped the students to gain a better understanding of working within the metric system.

 


How can you help?

 

1.  Share this information with an educator, then visit DonorsChoose and support a posted project.



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3D pens at work.

 

2.  If you’re looking for opportunities to embed more technology into your learning program, use DonorsChoose as an option to gather learning materials. You can get started with this DonorsChoose link.



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Using the 3D pen to create part of a 3D project.

 

 

If you are interested in donating to my classroom, please use this link to find out latest project. Thank you for supporting education!!

 

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THANK YOU to our community for supporting our 3D printer project and 3D doodle pen projects.

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Annette Durbin

Annette has been an educator for more than 30 years working in the PK-6 elementary classroom, K-12 multi-language learner instructional specialist, district leadership, university professor, as well as a mentor for teachers nationwide. A National Board Certificated Teacher, Annette focuses her research on accelerating learning and advancing achievement, personalizing instruction, technology, and leadership in the education field.

This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Cindy

    I’ve not heard of this program but how wonderful! I know so many teachers and most have a lot of out of pocket expense. This is so helpful and the students benefit!

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      Annette Durbin

      Hello, Cindy!! Yes, please share this information with your teacher friends. This site has been very helpful!!

      Blessings,
      ~Annette

  2. Susan Franklin

    I’ve just recently learned about crowdfunding. I can’t imagine a better way to use it than to help teachers. It’s really a shame that teachers have to fund their own supplies. This is truly awesome. The credit union, where I work, supports our schools and teachers with funding for their classrooms. It makes me proud to be part of an organization that honors teachers and the education of our youth.

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      Annette Durbin

      Hello,Susan!! Thank you for supporting education!! District budgets are often tight; therefore, extra community support is appreciated!!

      Thank you!!
      ~Annette

  3. Michele

    What a great idea to help teachers do more for their students! I had no idea something like this existed.

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      Annette Durbin

      Hello, Michele!! Yes, please share this information with your educator group.

      Have a great week!!

      ~Annette

  4. jen

    As a former teacher I appreciate this. It’s often that things purchased come from a teachers pocket. It is always so touching when a family steps up and helps fundraise for the class. It gives me hope for the future LOL

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      Annette Durbin

      Thank you, Jen!! As a teacher, you know the struggle trying to teach without the proper materials. Community support is appreciated to support learning. I am a lucky teacher to have generous families!!

      Blessings,
      ~Annette

  5. Junell DuBois

    I’m always amazed by how many people expect so much out of our schools but then don’t help fundraise.

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      Annette Durbin

      Hello, Junell, yes, it does take a village to educate kiddos – historically and presently. Unfortunately, many people don’t know the struggle in the classroom.

      Thank you for stopping by!!
      Have a great week!!

      ~Annette

  6. Lina

    Thanks for sharing this! We love our teachers and recognize how much they give out of their own pocket, time and hearts! Good to know of this great website.

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      Annette Durbin

      Hello, Lina!! Please share this information with other teachers. There are many that do not know about this resource.

      Have a great week!!

      ~Annette

  7. Nikki

    Annette, my niece is a teacher in a low-income district and has used Donors Choice for years. It is great because it allows those of us far away to donate and help when we can without physically being there or buying stuff we don’t need or want. Great job on getting the funding you needed to get the kids the materials they need to grow.

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      Annette Durbin

      Thank you, Nikki!! Besides having this resource to support education, technology plays a huge role in being able to successfully utilize these resources.

      Thank you for stopping by!!
      Have a great day!!

      ~Annette

  8. Meagan

    I love donors choose! Teaching in an urban district, we are always trying to find ways to help our students get the materials that make learning fun and engaging. Donorschoose.org has helped us with that many times.

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      Annette Durbin

      Meagan, I am sooo happy you’ve been able to get some projects funded via Donors Choose. I don’t know who started the program, but it is a wonderful idea!!!

      Have a great week!
      ~Annette

  9. Leigh Ann

    What a great way to help your students have amazing experiences! You are going the extra mile for them with this fundraising. Thank you for all you do!

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      Annette Durbin

      Thank you, Leigh Ann!! I really love working with my students and finding opportunities to increase learning with motivation and enthusiasm. The kids love using these materials to engage in critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Donors Choose has been a great resource to keep the kids at the edge of their seats ready to learn.

      Have a great day!!
      ~Annette

  10. Heather

    What a fantastic idea!! This is such a great way to raise money. Much better than the typical fundraisers. I will be sharing this. Thanks!

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      Annette Durbin

      Thank you, Heather!! There are many educators that do not know about Donors Choose AND businesses/community citizens that want to help, but don’t know how. Such a fabulous resource!!!

      Have a beautiful day!!

      ~Annette

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