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Monthly Archives: June 2013

A teacher, a blacktop, and a Boy Scout Troop…

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy left much of the area surrounding the Columbus School in Carteret, New Jersey destroyed, particularly the school’s playground and outdoor space. Over 3,500 children were forced to share the small swing-set and monkey bars at the one functional park in the neighborhood. At the Columbus School itself, the playground received…

Moore, OK Update: Teacher Spotlight

In the month since the EF5 tornado hit Moore, OK DonorsChoose.org has continued to connect with affected teachers and administrators to help restart their classrooms. Mrs. Crosswhite, a teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary School, has encouraged many of her colleagues to post projects on DonorsChoose.org. She shared these words with us: We are Plaza Towers Elementary…

Give Money, Get Happy!

In our Q&A with Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton we asked our readers “how has giving to classrooms through DonorsChoose.org made you happy?” Here are 10 of our favorite answers: “I find that I MUST help others in some way to feel happier. DonorsChoose.org provides an outlet for that need! The donations not…

99designs Shares the Gift of Giving

Our friends at 99designs, the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace, have helped us support classrooms since May 2012 when they flexed their way to victory in the first ever Pushup Charity Challenge. They did 100 pushups in total to raise money for – you guessed it – DonorsChoose.org classrooms! Since the Pushup Challenge, 99designs…

Moore, OK Tornado Relief Update

In the three weeks since an EF-5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, we at DonorsChoose.org have worked to meet the critical needs of the schools impacted by this natural disaster. Our generous community of individual donors and corporate partners— Burlington Coat Factory, State Farm Insurance, Build-A-Bear Workshop, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kia Motors, Sooner Mall and Quail Springs Mall—gave…

Helping restart classrooms in Newtown, Connecticut

Since December, DonorsChoose.org has worked closely with the Connecticut Department of Education, the American Federation of Teachers, and the administration of Newtown Public Schools to support teachers and students in Newtown, Connecticut. Hundreds of generous individuals showed their support through our Support Newtown Teachers Page. Each of the 440 public school teachers in Newtown then…

Win a copy of Michael Norton’s new book: Happy Money!

They say money can’t buy happiness. Michael Norton says “if you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right!” Norton, Associate Professor of Marketing at Harvard Business School, and Elizabeth Dunn, Associate Professor of Psychology at University of British Columbia, have joined forces to create 5 principles of smarter spending in their new…

Who Gives a Hoot About Owl Pellets?

DonorsChoose.org teachers do! A recent analysis by our data scientists revealed owl pellets trumped Bunsen burners, beakers, and burettes as the most requested science material among 3rd through 5th grade classrooms. Owl pellets, compact masses of regurgitated food that owls are unable to digest, serve as simple introductions to basic dissection. They provide students with…