October 29, 2013
Our partnership with DonorsChoose.org is really having an impact on New Jersey classrooms. So far individual New Jerseyans have donated more than $15,000 to projects, with the Community Foundation matching that amount. In total, we’ve fully funded 40 classroom projects impacting 2,107 students in communities hit by last year’s storm.
Mrs. M. sought $1,000 in contributions to create a “Learning Station” with puzzles and a doll house meant to teach about multiculturalism. The project’s cost was “half-off” thanks to the Communtiy Foundation’s grant and donors made up the difference. What’s been the impact? Mrs. M. sent along this note (below) and her students shared a few drawings of their new doll house.
“The children were so excited when I put the new learning station together. It was so exciting to see the children play with the puzzles and doll house and tell stories of their traditions and share some culture with their friends and the class. It is a station that will continue to grow and teach the children about multi-culturalism and the world. I will continue to try and add to the doll house and allow the children to bring in their own pictures to share with the class. I will also try and invite families in to share their traditions with the class.”
You can give to any project that appeals to you; the possibilities are only limited to what our teachers need. And you can also choose how you give, whether that’s using your credit card or your Donor Advised Fund. Let’s get New Jersey’s schools back in shape!