In the United States, as a result of the pandemic and racial injustice crisis, teachers are facing new, unprecedented challenges and resources are often limited. In any given year, data shows that teachers spend about $500 of their own personal money to support their classrooms and buy supplies for their students. With new safety protocols, remote learning environments, and a constant need to adapt to new systems and schedules this year, teachers are reporting even greater financial and resource constraints.
In our Dow communities, we learned of teachers’ needs for basic classroom supplies, health and sanitation items, technology and digital access, in addition to resources for fun student learning project materials that had been redirected to urgent classroom items not budgeted for.
To help lift some of the burden, rally the community, and to recognize our teachers – thanking them for the important role they play in our students’ lives – we partnered with DonorsChoose.
DonorsChoose is a nonprofit organization designed to enable crowdfunding for educators.
We initiated a $100 gift code offer and 5x match offer for their communities in Michigan, Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.
As a result of this partnership:
“This year and all the trials with COVID have really tested my students. I am so grateful for their positive attitudes and willingness to work through anything. Your donation has helped provide technology for my students who are unable to purchase it and on their own. Watching their eyes light up when I showed them our new graphing calculators and iPad was amazing. My students get excited when they get the newest technology to work with. In the past years we have shared 10 graphing calculators amongst three classrooms of 30 students each. I cannot express my gratitude enough and thank you for investing in my kids and their future.”
“The boxes arrived when we returned to school from the Christmas holiday. The students thought it was Christmas all over again. I allowed several of them to open the boxes and explain what was inside.
We have been using the materials during center time to build and design different structures. The students are very eager to discuss what they've created. This has been a great way for them to show flexibility and inventiveness in thinking. During one of the lessons students had to draw and write what they created. This was an excellent opportunity to use as an assessment.”
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
“Many of my students benefit from having the opportunity to move around and get comfortable while completing their work, but it has been a challenge this year with COVID providing those opportunities to them while still staying safe. These lap desks however are large enough to be used in partners and can easily be wiped down between uses. My students love to use them during independent and partner work for a chance to get out of their chair for a while….Thank you again for your support, and for providing my students with another great tool to help them be successful!”
Port Lavaca, TX
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