Without a doubt, this is the most “back-to-school” Back to School EVER! Right now, our nation’s kids are returning to school to get back to learning. Their success isn’t a given, but when teachers have the tools they need, it is achievable.
On Thursday, August 12, the DonorsChoose Community kicked off the school year with a back-to-school boost thanks to Bill Gates. On this day, every donation to a teacher’s project on DonorsChoose got a 50% match.
Thanks to the generosity of 40,255 donors and the boosting funds, we were able to raise over $7 million and fully fund 12,549 projects — in just one day! Congrats to the 21,080 teachers who received donations to their projects.
Here are a few of our favorite moments from social media celebrations.
Celebrities helped rally the public
Parents (tried to) anonymously support their kids who are teachers
Huge shoutout to my parents for helping with my @DonorsChoose project. I especially enjoyed them pretending they didn’t do it, even though their name was on the donation. — Kim Kahan (@MsKahansClass) August 12, 2021
School districts bolstered teacher fundraising efforts
Teachers celebrated their success (and cheered each other on)
This is the first of many big days we have planned for teachers and students as the school year unfolds. We can’t wait to see how teachers use these classroom supplies to help their students fall in love with learning this year.