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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Help Kids Get Classroom Supplies. Please.

Bird has the privilege of going to a top notch school. Public school. He has a gecko in his classroom. And some pretty cool snails that require his teacher to have special snail certification. He has books galore, comfy nooks to curl up in, a microscope, dozens of Legos, crayons, markers, pencils, glue, glitter, construction paper, notebook paper, newspaper, bubbles, baubles, and building blocks. Those schools want for nothing. Well, the teachers probably want more money, and I cannot blame them.

Robeson County is North Carolina's poorest county. The median income is $13,244 (I could spend hours poring over Census data!). Now imagine feeding, clothing, protecting, transporting, and nurturing your children for that amount. And that's not to mention healthcare and insurance. Or god forbid birthdays and holidays. This is a place where parents hope their kids don't lose their baby teeth because the Tooth Fairy is flat broke.

I'd like to do my part to help those kids get a more enriching education. And to equip those dedicated teachers to give those kids every opportunity my Bird has in kindergarten. It's the least I can do.

Donors Choose helps teachers make requests for specific items they need to supplement their classrooms and curricula. I'd like to help out a teacher in Robeson County and I'm asking my readers to give a dime or ten too. Literally one dollar would help. Like with exercise and with voting, every little bit helps. In aggregate we are more powerful than as one.

Just click on the Donors Choose little widget thingee in my lefthand sidebar. It's fast and easy to donate. And it'll feel better than those warm fuzzy slippers tucked by your nightstand.
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7 comments:

jenboglass said...

Snail certification? I've handled snails, but I never had a permit or anything. Those must be some special snails.

Mayberry said...

This is great! I donated all of last year's BlogHerAds earnings to Donors Choose -- it's a wonderful cause.

Caroline said...

Oh I sooo bit off more than I can chew with my donors choose group. I picked too many things to donate to! Oh well. Maybe being ambitious is good when it comes to donating. I just stumbled you. Cheers to joining up with this cause too!

Brett Pharis said...

I commend you for your enthusiasm, especially where it counts, in education.

chris said...

Many of our teacher's have been granted supplies from DC. Thank you for highlighting them.

jenboglass said...

I just want to add that I love the cartoons you put up here with this post. They're fitting and true, which is a travesty.

I'm just poking around again today.

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