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What Your Donations Mean to Teachers

Teachers share their gratitude — and their notes and photos are equal parts inspiring and heartwarming.

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As a DonorsChoose supporter, you know that teachers face challenges every school year, whether they are searching for extra pencils or trying to bring the stars to Earth for their students. Teachers rise to solve each year’s newest puzzles, and the DonorsChoose community shows up to support them.

And, as always, teachers share their gratitude — and their notes and photos are equal parts inspiring and heartwarming. We’ve chosen a few of our favorites; Multiply the notes below by a few hundred thousand and you’ll have a picture of what your donations mean to them this school year.

As teachers and students keep making discoveries in the classroom, we’re ready to support them and we know you are too.

You turn teachers’ dreams into realities.

"Thank you for providing my students with the opportunity to read at home. Being able to provide my students with books is something that is extremely important to me. I grew up with a very large family and buying us books was simply something my parents could not afford to do for us. It meant a lot to me to be able to do this for them with your help!"   — Ms. Gutierrez

“Have I mentioned how magical 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade can be? I wish you could see them reading and learning about atoms and elements. These kids are excited about learning. Your investment in their future inspires me each and every day. Thank you for believing in us!” — Ms. Kim

Your investment in their future inspires me each and every day. Thank you for believing in us!” — Ms. Kim

​​It is very difficult to find the words to describe how incredibly grateful I am for your gracious donation. Sadly, we don't have a school librarian and there are not many books to choose from in our library. This gift has been such a blessing. I have always believed that every student is able to enjoy reading; we just have to find the right book! I had one parent already contact me and ask how I was able to get her son to read a novel! She informed me that she has never seen him sit down in the evenings and read because he was enjoying the book so much.” – Mrs. Williams

"You made this all possible! Because of you and your generous donors, there is a family of four who are able to fill their bellies and sleep at night. You just never know the chain reaction of generosity you set off or of those that you truly impact at the end of the day. This is why I decided to write to you and I can only hope that you share this story with those responsible. You, Donors Choose, have spread the message of love, generosity, compassion, and empathy for one another. Thank you for inspiring me to be more" — Ms. Waugh-Reed

It's people like you who make a huge difference in education.” — Mrs. Gomez

“Thanks to your generosity and thoughtfulness, my students and I are overjoyed with the supplies we will receive. This project will promote creativity, imaginative storytelling, and language development with a unique and engaging storytelling set. Again, thank you for your generosity and support. It's people like you who make a huge difference in education.” — Mrs. Gomez

You show students they deserve the whole world.

"My own whiteboard? I can keep it? I have always wanted my own whiteboard!"  —  Aaron, a first grader

"He came home and showed his dogs everything you gave him!” — The parent of Tristen, a first grader

“I wish I could give every person that donated these materials and books to me a hug. They don’t even know me and they are helping me learn. Thank you whoever you are!” — Taveon, a fourth grader

You inspire thousands of thank you masterpieces.

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