"Chris Boylan keeps a running list of things needed in his classroom and by his students at George Washington High School.
Most recently, that list looked like this:
Material to make pinatas, for graduation
Fish tank supplies, to spruce up the two tanks in his room
A new whiteboard table, especially useful for the special education students he works with
Wrestling uniforms, for the school
New shoes, for all 20 of his kids.
"I had a kid whose shoes were just falling apart," said Boylan, who works with high school students with moderate to high degrees of special needs.
These are not the kinds of things that Indianapolis Public Schools — a district looking to close schools as one way to address a massive budget hole — has pocket change to buy. So, Boylan looks elsewhere. About 12 years ago, he found DonorsChoose.org, a website that allows public school teachers to create projects and request resources their students need."