Mrs. Romero really needs eight cushions so that her elementary school pupils don’t have to sit on the cold, hard tile at her feet during reading time.
Rather than do it the old-fashioned way, by turning to her Parent Teacher Association in search of donations, she is reaching out directly to the public via a crowdfunding campaign.On the Donors Choose website, she explains why anyone who wants to should help to satisfy her students’ needs. “Upper elementary classes are not set up to have students seated on the floor,” she wrote as part of her plea.“We do not have carpets or area rugs, nor do we have the funding to purchase these items,” she said, adding that easily distracted students focus better when they are close to her as she reads aloud. After all, she says, “Our floor time is probably the only time these kids ever get read to.”
Romero’s students will have somewhere to sit if she succeeds in raising $509 by January 5. Think of DonorsChoose.org as a Kickstarter for public education. Much like the giant crowdfunding site that helps people raise money for creative endeavors, on DonorsChoose.org teachers across the country collect donations for classroom projects.
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