DonorsChoose.org is a fantastic organization that brings together teachers whose school projects need funding and potential donors (that's us). Through October 31, they're hosting a Blogger Challenge — encouraging bloggers to choose a project (one or many) to support. Federated Media stepped up, giving each FM author a $100 gift certificate to use to support any project they like.
I chose a small project: a Portland, Oregon special education teacher who needs about $1000 to purchase music and movement equipment for her students. It so happens that I've spent a lot of time recently learning about how movement affects kids' brain development, and I'm blown away by what I've found. Exercise is so much more than working the muscles and the structures of the body — it trains the brain to work more optimally, and, in the case of neurological disorders, softens many of the behavioral symptoms. Mind-body connection indeed. I can only imagine what a difference this equipment will make to these students, many of whom are struggling with autism, developmental disorders, and learning delays.
I spent my FM gift certificate on this project, then kicked in my own donation, and now I'm asking you to join me! We can fully fund this teacher's request if we all pull together! We're already almost 20% of the way there (the thermometer says 10% because my gift certificate donation didn't register there). Here's how it might look:
- 8 Parenthackers donate $100, or
- 16 Parenthackers donate $50, or
- 40 Parenthackers donate $20, or
- 80 Parenthackers donate $10
Click on the thermometer in this post or in the sidebar to contribute. Anything you can donate will get us closer to our goal! You can donate with a check or a credit card — it takes just a minute or two. And five randomly chosen donors will get a little gift in the mail from me!
What an amazing way to erase the barriers between the people who want to help but don't know how, and the teachers who need help but don't know who to ask.