Very soon, 2015 will come to a close. As we reflect on a year in which donors across the country gave more than $90 million to over 132,000 classroom projects that needed it, we thought it important to share a few of our favorite, warmest, and fuzziest stories, and the events that made the past 12 months so special.Our friend Stephen Colbert helped South Carolina teachers by donating $800,000 to classrooms in his home state. We know for a fact how inspirational that gift was, since after news of it broke, it took off on Reddit and spurred more citizen donors nationwide.We saw a classroom profiled by NBC Nightly News in New Orleans, where “so much of what happens in classrooms like this one goes beyond the budget.” The video tells the story of how the teacher was able to supply with with books, iPads, and computers for her students to use.
As the school year began, we partnered with the Entertainment Industry Foundation to power Think It Up, a new initiative to support students who wanted to ask for their own supplies, under the supervision of teachers. (Colbert joined us again for the televised announcement too!)
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On Giving Tuesday, the calendar day devoted to charitable giving, Google showed their support by linking to special needs classrooms from their homepage. They also gave their own special gift to those classrooms in need.
Overall, this year filled us with hope and showered us with surprises. The 74 Million, writing about children, inadvertently captured our own thoughts pretty accurately: "1,2,3… eyes fly open and cheers and shrieks fill the room."Now let's all take that excitement even further in 2016. Cheers to you all!
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