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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Lets help Indiana Schools

I was contacted a few days ago by DonorsChoose.org about donating to our Indiana schools. As they say on the website:

Help us raise the first $100,000 for Indiana students and teachers! Our sponsors have generously half-funded these projects, making it easier for you to bring them to life! Help Indiana teachers and students by giving to any of these projects, or give to the overall campaign.

You can even read about it at the Indianapolis Star:

Indiana teachers will have a national venue to make a wish list of donations they want for their classrooms that would reach a pool of about 10,000 donors under a new program announced this morning.

Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed announced that the state had joined Donorschoose.org, a Web site that matches teachers with donors.

Anyone can give to the teachers whose projects have been approved, and all donors will receive updates on the project, said Charles Best, who founded the organization while he was a teacher in New York City.

The entire amount of the donation goes to the classroom teachers, although Best said about 90 percent of donors also choose to increase their payment by 15 percent to help cover overhead costs.

Several sponsors — Chase, Duke Realty, the Lumina Foundation and the Lilly Endowment — joined the organization and the state to expand the Web site to Indiana. It currently serves several cities and states, mostly on the East Coast.

I know times are tough, but if you are capable of giving a little, how bout thinking about helping our Indiana schools? Just go to the website I linked to or click on the banner I posted at the right.