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10 Celebrities Who Showed Up for Teachers in 2022

When these ten public figures aren’t busy wow-ing us on screen, they’re using their star power to shine a spotlight on teachers.


 Celebrities are fans too! When these ten public figures aren’t busy wow-ing us on screen, they’re using their star power to shine a spotlight on teachers. Public school teachers use nonprofit DonorsChoose to request the items they need for their students; over 85% of U.S. public schools have at least one teacher who has requested items through the site! The DonorsChoose teacher community is so fortunate to have thoughtful actors, authors, and other public figures helping classrooms get the resources they need! Here are some celebrities that used their platform to shine a spotlight on DonorsChoose teachers in 2022.

Amanda Seales Secured $30,000 for Classrooms on Wheel of Fortune 

Comedian and Actress Amanda Seales spun her way to $30,000 for classrooms on DonorsChoose.

Reese Witherspoon Encourages Donations to Classrooms on Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday, Actress and Producer Reese Witherspoon donated to DonorsChoose and shared some love for teachers in this video. 

Sheryl Lee Ralph Shared What Your Donations Mean to Teachers

By sharing this blog post, Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph reminded people how classroom project donations mean the world to teachers. This year, she also spun the wheel for DonorsChoose on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.

Mark Duplass Completed 25 Teacher Requests for Materials

Filmmaker and star of The Morning Show, Mark Duplass helped fund 25 teacher requests for basic supplies and invited others to join him.

Abbott Elementary Cast Competed For DonorsChoose on Celebrity Family Feud

Survey says… The Abbott Elementary cast supported real-life teachers by playing Celebrity Family Feud for DonorsChoose teachers.

W. Kamau Bell Shared DonorsChoose Match Opportunities and Projects

Throughout the year, comedian, host, producer, and DonorsChoose board member W. Kamau Bell used his platform to shine a light on teacher projects and share funding opportunities like this GivingTuesday match.

Yvette Nicole Brown Won for DonorsChoose on NBC’s Password

Actress, host, producer, and DonorsChoose board member Yvette Nicole Brown, earned $50,000 for classrooms on the celebrity game show, Password. 

Stephen Colbert Spoke About Supporting Students on the Masters of Scale Podcast

Late-night TV host and DonorsChoose Board Member Stephen Colbert shares why he got involved with the DonorsChoose community in this full podcast interview with Masters of Scale.

Angie Thomas Celebrated Black Educators and Students During Black History Month

During Black Month, Angie Thomas, author of The Hate You Give, shared how Black educators empowered her to find her voice. 

Nicholas Ferroni and Emily Hampshire Surprise a Group of Teachers

Educator Nicholas Ferroni teamed up with Actress Emily Hampshire to surprise a group of teachers with DonorsChoose gift cards.

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