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States use ESSER funding to fulfill teachers’ requests for materials

"Six states partnered with the crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose to tap into federal pandemic funding for individual classroom projects."


K-12 Dive reported on our government grant initiatives, helping leaders in Arizona, Delaware, Hawai'i, Nevada, Oklahoma and Utah distribute funding to their teachers through their DonorsChoose projects.

"Second grade teacher Samantha Ramos’ morning work for her students covers essential lessons, but the English language development teacher at John B. Wright Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, knew something was missing.

Supplies like marble runs and interlocking plastic building discs would help students think creatively and learn how to problem-solve and work in teams. Materials for small group instruction in phonics, such as dice games and flip books, could provide hands-on learning fun, especially as she attempts to strengthen foundational reading skills following COVID-19 school closures and disruptions.

After calculating the cost of all these materials at $838.85, Ramos submitted a proposal in March through DonorsChoose, a popular online fundraising platform for individual educators’ classroom materials and projects.

Two days later, her request was fully funded by one donor — the Arizona Department of Education. A few weeks later, the materials arrived at her school."

Read the full story on k12dive.com.

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