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DonorsChoose UNwrapped 2023

People, places, and projects to support this holiday season.


So far in 2023, people across the country have come together to give millions of dollars in school supplies to public school classrooms through DonorsChoose. But for teachers and kids, the year isn’t wrapped up yet. They're still hard at work in classrooms that need your support. 

If you’re looking to donate to a classroom project this season, but aren’t sure where to give, you’re in the right place.  We crunched the giving numbers to bring you the projects, people, and places that need support before 2023 draws to a close.

The 5 most-needed school supplies

A few basics top the list this year by quite a wide margin. Here’s the countdown:

  1. New books
  2. Disinfecting Wipes
  3. Headphones
  4. Glue Sticks
  5. Paper

Mrs. Blincoe, in her project Do You Copy?, sheds some light on why paper in particular is such a crucial, recurring need:

“When asked, "What do I need the most in my classroom?" every year my answer is the same… copy paper. We need it for Reading Workshops, Math Workshops, tests, homework, parent reminders OH MY!”

Never-before-funded teachers

Meet the teachers who are putting their faith in the DonorsChoose community for the first time ever. 

From first-year teachers stocking an empty classroom to veteran educators who want to stop spending their own hard-earned money on school supplies, these are the teachers who need a champion like you.

Thank you all SO much, from the bottom of my heart, for helping me fully fund my very first project! I am so excited to tell the peanuts about it- I know they are going to love the new materials and their added impact to our classroom! Thank you for truly making an impact on the school days of some well-deserving, hard-working, and soon-to-be very grateful kiddos.” -Mrs. Hardy, A New Type of Classroom: A Home Away From Home

This grade level could use a boost

Let’s hear it for third grade! Teachers from this grade level have the most projects waiting to be funded right now on DonorsChoose.

Equity Focus Schools

For schools with a history of being underfunded, getting the right tools is an extra challenge. Your donation to an Equity Focus School helps level the playing field for students who deserve the same access and resources as their peers in other zip codes. (You can read more about Equity Focus Schools here.)

Says Mrs. Kurz in her project You Get Paper! and You Get Paper!

“I have the privilege of teaching three 7th-grade ELA classes in an urban setting school. If given the proper tools and guidance, my students are capable of amazing things. They are creative, intelligent problem solvers. There is no shortage when it comes to expressing themselves; they just need the tools to do that in a constructive way. My students are inquisitive risk-takers who, when given a challenge, will not back away. As a teacher, I want to give them that challenge and give them the world.”  

Or read more about our equity focus here.

Top 5 cities that could use a hand

We’ve crunched the 2023 donation numbers so far and mapped the places that could use an extra hand this month. Whether it’s your home community or a place 3,000 miles away, you can be a good neighbor to the awesome teachers and students in: Houston, Miami, Charlotte, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

Wherever you choose to give, your donation will make the final days of 2023 bright and merry for students and teachers.

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